Government advisor calls for more biopsychosocial research into ‘ME/CFS’

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by Sasha Nimmo Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), including Prof Andrew Lloyd, published a review stating there is a "need for longitudinal studies integrating biopsychosocial approaches to inform early management and targeted rehabilitation strategies". Prof Lloyd was on the government's ME and CFS advisory committee and received the majority of government … Continue reading Government advisor calls for more biopsychosocial research into ‘ME/CFS’

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

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

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

Calcium channel ion defects: research from Australia’s Griffith Uni

Minister Enoch with NCNED researchers in lab looking happy

by Sasha Nimmo Queensland's Griffith University is home to the National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED), one of the leading centres for research in ME and chronic fatigue syndrome.  They've been in the news lately for their patented biomarker discovery on calcium channel ion defects in patients. The words 'breakthrough' and 'finally' have … Continue reading Calcium channel ion defects: research from Australia’s Griffith Uni

Australian government seeking expert advice on ME and CFS research grants

Prof Anne Kelso, CEO NHMRC sitting at desk at Senate estimates hearing

by Sasha Nimmo Senator Scott Ludlam asked about the progress of proposals to research ME and CFS at last night's budget estimates hearing in Parliament House, Canberra. Prof Anne Kelso, CEO of Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), said she was delighted to hear of the important advance made by Griffith University but explained they may not … Continue reading Australian government seeking expert advice on ME and CFS research grants

Meet the Scientists: Dr Neil McGregor

Dr Neil R McGregor (PhD)

by Sasha Nimmo ‘Meet the Scientists’ is a series, interviewing 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 on the … Continue reading Meet the Scientists: Dr Neil McGregor

Uni of South Australia Xbox ‘increasing activity’ trial claims it has patient support

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by Sasha Nimmo Update 3  September: In June I asked South Australia's ME/CFS Australia (SA) if they were recruiting patients (as indicated by Dr Ferrar), if they have decided to endorse the study yet, what was their opinion on the study not using any criteria (i.e. Fukuda or International Consensus Criteria) and which criteria the organisation endorsed. I also asked … Continue reading Uni of South Australia Xbox ‘increasing activity’ trial claims it has patient support

University of NSW tests graded activity program on mild chronic fatigue syndrome patients

by Sasha Nimmo Australia's University of NSW's Psychiatry Department tested a graded activity program on 25 patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, despite the evidence of harm. Before the study, patients could complete around 4 hours of 'moderate intensity exercise' a week (self-reported) which is an unusually high amount for CFS patients. Exercise was not measured or recorded at … Continue reading University of NSW tests graded activity program on mild chronic fatigue syndrome patients