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Suzanne D. Vernon Steps Down from Scientific Director Post

April 8, 2015

Eight years after joining the Solve ME/CFS Initiative (SMCI), Suzanne D. Vernon, PhD, will be stepping down as Scientific Director in late June. She will continue with the organization in a consultancy role. SMCI has begun an international search for a Research Director. 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…

Being “Patient-Centric”

December 8, 2014

Patients are central to a solution for ME/CFS. We have designed our SolveCFS BioBank™ to collect and manage data so that the individual is the central organizing principle. LEARN MORE…

Deciphering Post-Exertional Malaise

November 21, 2014

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.

The Importance of a Representative Patient Population for Research

November 18, 2014

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….

Research Digest – September 2014: Cortisol in ME/CFS

September 15, 2014

Cortisol is an essential hormone for immune function and many studies have shown that cortisol is low in ME/CFS patients – known as hypocortisolism. In this month’s research digest, we review three studies that look at the effect of cortisol on function and post-exertional malaise in ME/CFS…

Research Digest – August 2014: More Results from the SolveCFS BioBank

August 22, 2014

More results from the work being done through the SolveCFS BioBank: We are pleased to report the publication of the initial BioBank study on XMRV and the publication of the first study of epigenetics in ME/CFS. Both used the clinical information and samples from the SolveCFS BioBank that were collected in 2010. READ MORE…

Research Digest – July 2014: Define & Diagnose

July 16, 2014

In order for patients to be diagnosed, a disease must be defined. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is currently defined by excluding other medical and psychiatric diseases that explain the symptoms. This month we highlight three recent publications tackling the “core” components of ME/CFS that are important to defining and diagnosing the disease. READ MORE…

Breaking Down the Complexities of ME/CFS – Part 3

July 9, 2014

Modern day, patient-driven research has the potential to be used as meaningful evidence as larger sets of data are gathered. With the advent of personal tracking and monitoring devices, you now have tremendous resources to track your own data and help us break down the complexities of ME/CFS. Read more…