$3m funding round opens and Senator questions how they will avoid funding harmful therapies

by Sasha Nimmo Australia's federal government now has a $3 million grant round open, calling for research into ME and chronic fatigue syndrome. $3 million over three years is a huge increase on previous spending, yet is a tiny proportion of the $9 billion the government is spending on medical research over 10 years. After … Continue reading $3m funding round opens and Senator questions how they will avoid funding harmful therapies

Mason Foundation funding rounds now open

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by Sasha Nimmo Australia's Mason Foundation is now calling for research submissions into ME. The grants are for up to $120,000 a year for up to three years. The Mason Foundation grants will support research projects that 'focus on Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome' and specify that the Canadian or International Consensus Criteria for ME, or the Jason … Continue reading Mason Foundation funding rounds now open

Research update from the National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases

By Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik, Professor Don Staines, Dr Helene Cabanas and the NCNED Team, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia Researchers from the National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED) at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, have published more than 70 papers on ME and chronic fatigue syndrome. The NCNED host and present at international conferences and Prof … Continue reading Research update from the National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases

Research Council expects to fund ME and CFS projects in 2020

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by Sasha Nimmo Outcomes on the remaining recommendations from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) ME and CFS advisory committee are expected to be announced in mid-2019. Prof Anne Kelso CEO NHMRC, is deciding whether to release the report ahead of the announcements. "The Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee Report to the NHMRC Chief … Continue reading Research Council expects to fund ME and CFS projects in 2020

Government advisor calls for more biopsychosocial research into ‘ME/CFS’

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by Sasha Nimmo Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), including Prof Andrew Lloyd, published a review stating there is a "need for longitudinal studies integrating biopsychosocial approaches to inform early management and targeted rehabilitation strategies". Prof Lloyd was on the government's ME and CFS advisory committee and received the majority of government … Continue reading Government advisor calls for more biopsychosocial research into ‘ME/CFS’

Australian government announces $3 million for medical research

by Sasha Nimmo Australia's Health Minister, Greg Hunt, announced $3 million in medical research funding. In 2018-19 the government will spend $6 billion on Australia’s health and medical research sector. The Minister said funding will 'help researchers develop a better understanding of the cause and condition of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)'. This comes after … Continue reading Australian government announces $3 million for medical research

Children with chronic fatigue syndrome often wait more than a year for diagnosis

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by Sasha Nimmo Researchers at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne confirmed that paediatric chronic fatigue syndrome (Fukuda criteria) causes significant disability and little is known about how common the condition is or how it is currently managed in Australia. More than half of children have to wait a year or longer before receiving … Continue reading Children with chronic fatigue syndrome often wait more than a year for diagnosis