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$2.1m Investment Is UK's 'Biggest Ever Investment Into Physical Causes Of ME/CFS'

Thursday 5 October 2017


From the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine's CureME:



Major Announcement


3 October 2017
© 2017 London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine - CureME

The CureME team at The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is delighted to announce the award of $2.1m (£1.57m) of grant funding from the United States National Institutes of Health.

The grant will fund a longitudinal study that will measure changes in the immune system and genetic profile of individuals with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

The new award is a renewal of an initial project, which began in 2013, also made possible by funding from the NIH. The new funding will enable the current project, which is searching for biomarkers (measurable biological characteristics) of the disease, to be extended until 2021.

Dr Luis Nacul, who leads the CureME team at LSHTM and is also responsible for overseeing the UK ME/CFS Biobank, which has been built and maintained by charity support and the funding from America, welcomed the new funding and added:

“The new grant from the NIH (US) will enable, for the first time, comprehensive prospective assessments of cases of ME/CFS at regular intervals. This greatly enhances the chances of a breakthrough in the understanding of the pathophysiology of this complex disease and the identification of much-needed biomarkers for the diagnosis of different sub-groups of patients. We very much look forward to continuing our partnership with the patient community, which has been key to the success of our research so far.”

The grant will enable the collection and storage of blood samples and clinical data from a greater number of people with ME/CFS, to add to the existing resources donated by participants with ME/CFS and multiple sclerosis, as well as healthy controls.


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