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

Molecules may convert acute infection into ME

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by Sasha Nimmo A paper published in Metabolic Brain Disease by Morris, Maes, Burk and Puri suggests Myalgic Encephalomyelitis develops because of genes responsible for immune responses. Their paper discusses how molecules may convert an acute infection into a state of escalating chronic systemic inflammation. Morris and Maes have written extensively about chronic fatigue syndrome … Continue reading Molecules may convert acute infection into ME

Australia hosts research symposium on ME and chronic fatigue syndrome

by Sasha Nimmo Emerge Australia is hosting an international research symposium on the biological basis, diagnosis, treatment and managment of Myalgic Encephalomylitis and chronic fatigue syndrome in Geelong (near Melbourne), Australia. Parts of the symposium will be live-streamed here. On Wednesday 13 March, Griffith University's Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik and Professor Donald Staines will chair a … Continue reading Australia hosts research symposium on ME and chronic fatigue syndrome

Meet the Scientists: Prof Don Staines

Prof Don Staines Professor Don Staines is co-director of the National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED) at Australia’s Griffith University, with Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik. Together they have published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers on ME and chronic fatigue syndrome. Professor Staines is an author of the International Consensus Criteria for ME. By Sasha … Continue reading Meet the Scientists: Prof Don Staines

NHMRC draft ME and CFS report asks for feedback

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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

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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

Prof Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik Prof Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik is the co-director of the National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED) at Australia’s Griffith University, along with Prof Don Staines, and they have been working in the field of chronic fatigue syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis for nine years. She is an author of the  … Continue reading Meet the Scientists: Prof Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik