By Sasha Nimmo

Dr David Tuller of the University of California, Berkeley, USA, Christopher Armstrong of Melbourne University, Australia, and Fane Mensah of University College London, UK, met with Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, in Canberra recently.

Scientists Mr Armstrong and Mr Mensah briefed Prof Murphy on their own metabolomic and immunological research as well as other important research around the world.  Dr Tuller explained flaws in the evidence currently used in Australia for recommending graded exercise therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy for people with ME and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Prof Murphy, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, is the principal medical adviser to the Minister for Health and the Department of Health.

As Chief Medical Officer, Prof Murphy is on the council of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), as well as on many committees. Each Australian state and territory has a Chief Medical Officer also on the council of the NHMRC.