$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

Last days to have your say: Medical Research Future Fund

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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

Making the most of the NHMRC advisory committee

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By Sasha Nimmo Australian research is underfunded and the government's clinical guidelines are outdated so the ME and CFS advisory committee is welcomed. It provides an important opportunity to call on the government to fund biomedical research and to give Australian doctors desperately needed clinical guidance. The advice from this committee will determine if diagnostic … Continue reading Making the most of the NHMRC advisory committee

Australian government’s ME and CFS advisory committee

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By Sasha Nimmo Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) appointed  group of medical professionals and people representing people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome to a ME and CFS advisory committee. The committee, who have begun meeting, will advise the government on current research, gaps in research and whether the 2002 clinical … Continue reading Australian government’s ME and CFS advisory committee

Scientists and Dr Tuller brief Australia’s Chief Medical Officer

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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 … Continue reading Scientists and Dr Tuller brief Australia’s Chief Medical Officer

Australia’s medical research council promises ‘serious exploration’ of research for ME within months

by Sasha Nimmo Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) says it plans to spend $3-5 million dollars over three to five years on funding targeted research into ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) and chronic fatigue syndrome. This would be a huge increase, as the NHMRC have not funded a study since 2005. The NHRMC said it … Continue reading Australia’s medical research council promises ‘serious exploration’ of research for ME within months

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (USA) recommendations

by Sasha Nimmo USA’s Advisory Committee wants bigger research aimed at finding diagnostic tests, using Canadian Consensus Criteria and private-public partnerships to find drug treatments.  In August 2015, the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC) made recommendations to the United States government in its role advising the Secretary of Health and Human Services.  It met to summarise the recommendations … Continue reading Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (USA) recommendations