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MRC invests £1.5m to encourage further CFS/ME research

Saturday 29 January 2011

Medical Research CouncilFrom the UK's Medical Research Council:


MRC invests £1.5m to encourage further CFS/ME research

Thursday 27 January, 2010

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is committing £1.5m for research into the causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). The aim is to promote new and innovative partnerships between researchers already working in the CFS/ME field and those in associated areas, such as pain and fatigue. The aim is also to encourage and support more high-quality CFS/ME research proposals.

CFS/ME is a complex and debilitating condition with a diverse range of symptoms. Profound physical and mental fatigue is the most well-known, while others include pain, disturbed sleep patterns and concentration and memory problems. Each patient experiences their own personal combination of symptoms. CFS/ME affects around 250,000 people in the UK.

The funding call will focus on one or more of six priority areas identified by the MRC’s CFS/ME Expert Group in consultation with research leaders in related areas and representatives of two major CFS/ME charities:

  • Autonomic dysfunction (malfunction of the nervous system)
  • Cognitive symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Immune dysregulation (e.g. through viral infection)
  • Pain
  • Sleep disorders

Full details of the funding call will be published here by mid-February 2011 following consultation with the MRC CFS/ME Expert Group: The deadline for submitting proposals will be around June 2011, to allow time for new partners to discuss and develop their research ideas.


For more information or for an interview, please contact the MRC Press Office on 0207 395345 or email


The article originally appeared here.



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