Jennifer Stone, PhD, (Principal Investigator) is a newly-minted PhD recipient with a thesis in evidence synthesis methodology at Australian National University.
Brett Lidbury, PhD is an associate professor at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health at Australian National University and an established ME/CFS researcher.
Alice Richardson, PhD, is an associate professor and director of the Statistical Consulting Unit at Australian National University.
The team will use advanced analytic methods to compare individuals with ME/CFS against Long Covid controls and healthy controls on important demographic and clinical characteristics.
ME/CFS is a complex and highly individualized condition characterized by persistent fatigue and other symptoms that are exacerbated by exertion. Previously recognized as a psychogenic illness, individuals with ME/CFS have suffered a lingering negative stigma in addition to inadequate funding for research and inconsistent case definitions guiding clinical practice, resulting in suboptimal diagnosis and treatment.
The emergence of ME/CFS symptoms following Covid-19 infection (Long Covid) has been documented, providing support for ME/CFS as a post viral illness. The Solve ME/CFS Initiative presents a unique opportunity to increase our understanding of ME/CFS as a post viral infection following the Covid-19 pandemic and provide insight into working case definitions through the identification of ME/CFS and Long Covid subgroups and treatments.