ME/CFS Study Participants Needed at NIHOctober 22, 2018

Greater community participation will help expand the impact of this important study regarding the biological basis of ME/CFS

Greater community participation will help expand the impact of this important study regarding the biological basis of ME/CFS

SMCI has received an exclusive update regarding progress in recruiting and processing patients and controls for the NIH Intramural Clinical Study (see study description below from the NIH website).  The chart below shows, at the top of the “funnel,” the number of potential study participants and, at the bottom, the number who have completed the process.

The NIH continues to reach out to the ME/CFS community for both those with ME and controls; please click the link below to learn more about signing up to participate in the study.  This is a comprehensive study and we are grateful to all, both those with ME and healthy controls, who give of themselves to participate in this research work.

Note: Between the first (10 days) and second visit (2 weeks) each patient is in house at the NIH for nearly a month. (NIH does) an interim analysis to see if some testing is unrevealing so that (NIH) can eliminate it and then, by shortening the visit, increase the flow of patients. When possible, (NIH is) now bringing in one healthy volunteer at the same time as a patient.

From the NIH website:

“The NIH intramural clinical study on ME/CFS to take place at the NIH Clinical Center will focus on post-infectious ME/CFS in order to closely examine the clinical and biological characteristics of the disorder and improve our understanding of its cause and progression. The eligibility criteria for this study includes three groups of adults that either: 1) have ME/CFS with post exertional malaise fulfilling multiple consensus criteria; 2) had Lyme disease, were treated, and don’t have fatigue symptoms; or 3) are healthy volunteers. These groups were selected so that comparisons can be made between the groups to look for differences and similarities that may exist, using the unique resources of the NIH Clinical Center. All individuals will be very carefully characterized for all of the symptoms of ME/CFS using multiple criteria. The narrow scientific focus of this study is only the first step of what NIH hopes will be a broader national approach to better understand the biological basis of ME/CFS and the development of effective therapies.”

To date, no participants with Lyme disease have been recruited.

Go here to learn more about the study.