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At Symposium, Researchers And Patients Examine Molecular Basis Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Sunday 27 August 2017

 

From Stanford Medicine's Scope:

 

Ron Davis
Ron Davis
 

At symposium, researchers and patients examine molecular basis of chronic fatigue syndrome

By Raeka Aiyar
August 25, 2017
© 2017 Stanford Medicine

Ron Davis, PhD, calls chronic fatigue syndrome (also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME/CFS) the “last major disease about which we know almost nothing.” That’s because at least a million Americans are debilitated by ME/CFS, and yet no clear cause is known, no treatments are approved; funding, understanding, and awareness are disproportionately limited. Yet thanks in part to a boost in advocacy and fundraising efforts, there is increasing cause for hope, many researchers and patients believe.

Earlier this month, several hundred researchers, doctors, patients and caregivers joined forces for the Open Medicine Foundation’s Community Symposium on the Molecular Basis of ME/CFS chaired by Davis at Stanford, with another 2,700 worldwide joining online. Known for his contributions in biotechnology and genomics, Davis has rerouted his career to tackle this disease and save his critically ill son. He’s brought together an interdisciplinary team of collaborators, many of whom spoke at the symposium. “The Human Genome Project taught us that we can take on a large project like this and succeed,” Davis said.

The event focused on a new understanding of ME/CFS as a molecular disease. Davis’ team has taken this perspective in an omics and big data study of severely ill patients. Wenzhong Xiao, PhD, Davis’ collaborator at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, presented a preliminary analysis of this dataset, including efforts to use it to define biomarkers and predict causative factors.

 

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