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SMCI Comment on the Institute of Medicine Report—Part 5

April 30, 2015

This is the fifth and final blog post that provides insights into the Institute of Medicine’s report on ME/CFS. In this post, SMCI Scientific Director Dr. Suzanne Vernon focuses on cognitive impairment and orthostatic intolerance, one or both of which are required for an ME/CFS/SEID diagnosis, according to the IOM’s recommended criteria.

SMCI Comment on the Institute of Medicine Report—Part 4 of 5

April 28, 2015

This is the fourth of a five-part blog series that addresses aspects of the Institute of Medicine’s recent report on myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In this post, author Dr. Suzanne D. Vernon, looks at the IOM’s third recommended diagnostic criteria: sleep.

SMCI Comment on the Institute of Medicine Report—Part 3 of 5

April 24, 2015

This is the third installment of a five-part blog series in which SMCI Scientific Director, Dr. Suzanne Vernon, analyzes the Feb. 10 IOM report section by section. In this post, Dr. Vernon considers the IOM’s second recommended diagnostic criteria: post-exertional malaise (PEM).

SMCI Comment on the Institute of Medicine Report—Part 2 of 5

April 21, 2015

This is the second of a five-part blog series in which Dr. Suzanne Vernon, SMCI Scientific Director, breaks down the landmark IOM report piece by piece. In this post, Dr. Vernon looks at the first recommended diagnostic criteria: defiant fatigue. Read More…

SMCI Comment on the Institute of Medicine Report – Part 1 of 5

April 1, 2015

In February, the IOM released its landmark report on ME/CFS [SEID]. In this first of a five-part blog series, Dr. Suzanne D Vernon, SMCI Scientific Director breaks down the report piece by piece, beginning with making the critical distinction between a research case definition and clinical diagnostic criteria. Read More…

Research Digest – January 2015: High Interest in ME/CFS Shown in Journal Rankings

January 23, 2015

Deciphering PEM is a critically important area of research for ME/CFS. Despite the lack of gravity and specificity a term like “post exertional malaise” signifies, research into what it is and how to measure it is some of the most important research – and most popular. The Journal of Translational Medicine ranked two articles dealing with ME/CFS among its most highly accessed for 2014. LEARN MORE…

Guest Blog: Armin Alaedini, PhD – The Search for Food Sensitivity Biomarkers in ME/CFS

January 17, 2015

Often those with ME/CFS experience gastrointestinal symptoms. Biomarkers of these symptoms could help to identify subtypes in ME/CFS. Dr. Armin Aledini is using samples from the SolveCFS BioBank™ to look for auto-antibodies against a range of dietary proteins. In this guest blog post he discusses Celiac disease, which is a commonly misdiagnosed condition with symptoms similar to ME/CFS. READ MORE…

Research Digest – December 2014: 10 Important Advances in ME/CFS

December 12, 2014

While progress is still far too slow, there have been many recent interesting and important discoveries in ME/CFS. In this year-end blog post, Dr. Vernon and Dr. Komaroff summarize what they regard as the most important recent advances in our field. READ MORE…

Funding Research to Inform the Path Forward, part 2

December 10, 2014

In part 2 of our blog series, Funding Research to Inform the Path Forward, we share the progress being made through our second competitive funding opportunity, which occurred in 2011. Through this work, the Solve ME/CFS Initiative is taking strategic steps to shorten the road and speed up progress. READ MORE…

Funding Research to Inform the Path Forward, part 1

December 9, 2014

The Solve ME/CFS Initiative (SMCI) began funding research into ME/CFS as soon as it was founded in 1987. But the first competitive funding opportunity occurred in 2008, followed by another competitive funding cycle in 2011. With an innovative, collaborative approach, and Dr Vernon’s knack for recruiting leaders into the field, SMCI has begun to bring important discoveries to light. In this two part blog series we explore our funded research projects in more depth. READ MORE…