NHMRC draft ME and CFS report asks for feedback

screenshot of NHMRC website

By Sasha Nimmo Released on the Friday before Christmas, the Australia's National Health and Medical Research Advisory Commission's draft report on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is open for comment. People and organisations are encouraged to respond to the draft report by noon AEDT, Monday 18 February via the online public consultation portal. The … Continue reading NHMRC draft ME and CFS report asks for feedback

New Australian Research Network holding scientific workshop on ME

cut out shapes on a La Trobe University building

by Sasha Nimmo Five Australian universities have joined together, along with the CFS Discovery Clinic, to form the ME/CFS Discovery Research Network or MDRN to collaborate and foster biomedical research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. The network includes: La Trobe University (including Dr Paul Fisher) University of Melbourne (including Dr Neil McGregor and Dr Chris Armstrong) Monash … Continue reading New Australian Research Network holding scientific workshop on ME

Meet the Scientists: Prof Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik

Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik standing outside a Griffith University building wearing a green top.

By Sasha Nimmo ‘Meet the Scientists’ is a series of interviews with researchers working on ME and chronic fatigue syndrome. We hear about current research directly from scientists and meet the people doing such important work to improve our health. The series will introduce early career researchers through to interviewing scientists and clinicians who have been working … Continue reading Meet the Scientists: Prof Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik

Australia’s Health Minister listening to people with ME

Prof Paul Fisher, Sasha Nimmo, Dr Heidi Nicholl

by Sasha Nimmo Australia’s Health Minister, Greg Hunt, listened to people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), families, scientists and organisations. Minister Hunt had a second meeting with ME Australia, along with Prof Paul Fisher, head of microbiology at La Trobe University and Dr Heidi Nicholl, Emerge Australia on Thursday. ME Australia and Dr Chris Armstrong first … Continue reading Australia’s Health Minister listening to people with ME

Difference between Australian chronic fatigue syndrome guidelines and ME

By Sasha Nimmo Australians are having their concerns dismissed by GPs, receiving harmful medical advice, refused insurance claims, refused access to support services, denied access to the Disability Support Pension and the National Disability Insurance scheme. In tens of thousands of cases, they are misdiagnosed or wait decades for a diagnosis. Read these excerpts from … Continue reading Difference between Australian chronic fatigue syndrome guidelines and ME

Study examines link between immune dysfunction and metabolism in ME

Dr Christopher Armstrong and Fane Mensah standing together, wearing suits and ties,

By Sasha Nimmo An international collaboration of scientists, including Fane Mensah, Dr Jo Cambridge and Australian Dr Chris Armstrong investigated the relationship between CD24 expression and B cell maturation and found CD24 expression on B cells is related to energy metabolism and that its role differs between B cell subsets. ‘CD24 Expression and B Cell … Continue reading Study examines link between immune dysfunction and metabolism in ME