Impaired intracellular calcium transfer affecting Natural Killer cells in ME

Bar graphs representing TRPM3 current amplitude at + 100 mV after stimulation with 100 μΜ PregS in CFS/ME patients at just over 5. Healthy controls at around 12.5

by Sasha Nimmo Australian scientists at the National Centre for Neuroimmunlogy and Emerging Diseases at Griffith University published a new paper on reduced intracellular calcium mobilisation in Natural Killer (NK) immune cells and Transient Receptor Potential Melastatin 3 (TRPM3) cation channels. Authors say it 'could suggest potential therapeutic targets and/or prognostic markers'. 'Loss of Transient Receptor … Continue reading Impaired intracellular calcium transfer affecting Natural Killer cells in ME

Last days to have your say: Medical Research Future Fund

logo Medical Research Future Fund 'imagine a healthier future'

by Sasha Nimmo The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is holding a national consultation to ask Australians about what the priorities of the fund should be from 2018-2020. The first set of MRFF Priorities expire on 8 November 2018. There is an opportunity for everyone to make a submission using the form on the website. The consultation … Continue reading Last days to have your say: Medical Research Future Fund

Friends in Australia’s parliament for people with ME and chronic fatigue syndrome

Parliament House Canberra at dusk

by Sasha Nimmo Three senators have formed a Parliamentary Friends of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) group in Australia's federal parliament. The Parliamentary Friendship group is co-chaired by Western Australian Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John,  Tasmanian Liberal Senator Jonathan Duniam and Queensland Labor Senator Claire Moore. This group will provide a forum for … Continue reading Friends in Australia’s parliament for people with ME and chronic fatigue syndrome

Brain differences shown in chronic fatigue syndrome (Fukuda) study

diagram showing more of the brain lit up compared to controls

by Sasha Nimmo Scientists at Queensland's National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases, Griffith University found obvious differences between the brains of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and healthy controls, when examined using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) during an attention test. The study examined 43 people with chronic fatigue syndrome (Fukuda criteria) and 26 healthy … Continue reading Brain differences shown in chronic fatigue syndrome (Fukuda) study

Meet the Scientists: Fane Mensah

Fane Mensah Fane Mensah is a scientist specialising in infection and immunity at the University College London. Fane recently came to Australia to work alongside Chris Armstrong at Bio 21, Melbourne University.  Fane and Chris Armstrong received a research grant by an US organisation, Solve ME/CFS Initiative, to work on a cross-disciplinary project combining the … Continue reading Meet the Scientists: Fane Mensah

Mason Foundation explores ME and CFS biobank for Australia

Proposed Mason Foundation research scheme diagram, listing the precentage of where money may go. Details in article.

By Sasha Nimmo Most of Australia's medical research funding for ME and CFS comes from the Mason Foundation, who are currently looking at whether they will fund a biobank or a patient registry for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and/or chronic fatigue syndrome samples.  Last week the Mason Foundation updated stakeholders on the decision-making process. This is important … Continue reading Mason Foundation explores ME and CFS biobank for Australia

Boost for people with ME and chronic fatigue syndrome thanks to Parliament

Senator Anne Urquhart reading a motion in the Senate chamber

by Sasha Nimmo The Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patient and research communities are delighted the Australian parliament officially recognise the urgent need for biomedical research in the field. Senator Anne Urquhart, a Tasmanian Labor senator, (on behalf of her colleague Senator Helen Polley) and Senator Stirling Griff, a Centre Alliance senator … Continue reading Boost for people with ME and chronic fatigue syndrome thanks to Parliament