Research 1st News  |  November 2014   
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Each month we bring you important research news, resources, and information to inform and empower you. This month is more of the same, but as we head into the holiday season I want to pause and say Thank You!

Thank You for striving every day, despite the ever present strain of ME/CFS in your life. You inspire us more than you will ever know.

Thank You for your continued trust in our organization and our work on your behalf. We endeavor every day to earn it more and more.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our work through your donations of time, talent and treasure. Without you we would be dead in the water; with you, we have wind in our sails to carry us on toward making ME/CFS understood, diagnosable and treatable.

Our final destination is a world free of ME/CFS. When that day comes, we will celebrate together knowing each one of you played a part in getting us there.

Together we can Solve ME/CFS!

Carol E Head
President and CEO

There are shopping deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a global day for giving thanks and giving back to charities striving to make the world a better place.

Join us by helping fuel ME/CFS research this Giving Tuesday! You don’t need to wait until December 2nd and you can continue well through year-end. 
 You can make a difference now by joining our 10-$12 Challenge on Crowdrise!

Research News

In the last two years, the SolveCFS BioBank™ has provided health information and blood samples to 10 researchers – 8 of them new to ME/CFS research, most recruited by Dr. Suzanne D. Vernon, SMCI Scientific Director. In this post we discuss how the BioBank began, where it is today and our vision for future impact on research progress. READ MORE...

Being able to offer researchers access to ME/CFS patients with demographic and clinical characteristics that represent the full range of people affected with ME/CFS removes a significant hurdle all researchers face. With the SolveCFS BioBank™ we can make ME/CFS research more appealing and accessible. But how do we ensure our SolveCFS BioBank™ is representative of the entire patient population? READ MORE….

Don't Miss the Final Webinar of 2014

Carol Head & Suzanne D Vernon, PhD: 2014 ME/CFS Research Review
Tuesday, Dec 16
2pm Eastern/11am Pacific

You must RSVP to participate live - all are welcome.


Our 2014 webinars offer a tremendous resource, bringing you some of the latest research developments direct from the researchers themselves. All webinars were recorded and you can view the recording at your leisure:

Deciphering Post-Exertional Malaise
On September 18, 2014, Dane B. Cook, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Solve ME/CFS Initiative 2011 funded investigator, presented our most popular webinar of the year on the system biology approach his team is taking to provide a clear picture as to what causes post-exertional malaise. 

In this guest post for our blog, Dr. Cook reviews the material presented and tackles the many questions we received from webinar participants.

Two Important Federal Meetings Just 4 Days Apart
With only 4 days in between them, December offers two very important meetings to the ME/CFS community. On December 3-4, the CFSAC third and final meeting of 2014; on December 9-10, the Pathway to Prevention Workshop for Advancing Treatment in ME/CFS will occur. 

Dr Suzanne D Vernon Interviewed by Llewellyn King
Recently, Suzanne D Vernon, SMCI Scientific Director, sat down with Llewellyn King of the ME/CFS Alert. 

The winter issue of the SolveCFS Chronicle is on its way. 

Look for it in your mailbox soon or read the advance copy online today!

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As we approach year end, you may be considering giving to a charity that is close to your heart - and we hope that is SMCI. It is important to know who we are, what we do and where we focus our energy and precious resources as you make this important decision.

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Your support brings hope to patients who are suffering, and makes a real difference in solving ME/CFS. Thank you!