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

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

Australia: 2 in 5 chronic fatigue syndrome diagnoses wrong, worse for ME

Griffith University building by night

by Sasha Nimmo Around 38% of Australians diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) do not meet the Fukuda chronic fatigue syndrome definition used by the US government. More than two-thirds don't meet the International Consensus Criteria for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ICC ME). Australia has no national clinical guidelines but patient organisations endorse the ICC or … Continue reading Australia: 2 in 5 chronic fatigue syndrome diagnoses wrong, worse for ME

Griffith Uni patents chronic fatigue syndrome diagnostic blood test

microscopic view of blood cells

by Sasha Nimmo Australian scientists announce they have made a breakthrough in chronic fatigue syndrome testing, now looking for partners to bring a diagnostic test to market. An ABC radio interview with Australian scientists at Queensland’s Griffith University reveals they have identified new markers on white blood cells which can be used to screen chronic fatigue syndrome patients. … Continue reading Griffith Uni patents chronic fatigue syndrome diagnostic blood test

Study shows immune differences in moderate and severe chronic fatigue syndrome (Fukuda criteria)

by Sasha Nimmo An Australian university’s longitudinal study into immune changes in people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) may lead to diagnostic test. Griffith University researchers have looked at the immune systems of patients with moderate and severe CFS (1994 Fukuda criteria) once, then again six months later. The study has just been published in the Journal of … Continue reading Study shows immune differences in moderate and severe chronic fatigue syndrome (Fukuda criteria)