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Zabou
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« on: March 07, 2013, 09:18:36 AM »

Dear all,

I don't know if there has been a post about this lately, but I have just come across very positive news about a £1.6 billion research funding by the MRC (Medical REsearch Council) on the biological causes of CFS/ME and research about treatment (Real treatment) possibilities.

The initiative was advertised in December 2012: http://www.mrc.ac.uk/Newspublications/News/MRC008410

The researchers involved are in Newcasle, Liverpool and London, and topics range from neuropathology to immunology.

Here are the different projects:

Wan Ng, Newcastle University: specialist in auto-immunity. "To understand the cellular and moelcular mechanisms of autoimmunity and its regulation, with particular reference to their relationship to clinical phenotypes/features (such as fatigue, lymphoma development, disease activity) in autoimmune rheumatic diseases such as primary Sjogren's syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis, and to translate this knowledge into strategies to improve the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune disease."

Julia Newton, Newcastle University: specialist of the autoniomic nervous system."To confirm that autonomic dysfunction is prevalent in CFS/ME and has potential as a diagnostic biomarker in this disease."

Anne McArdle, University of Liverpool: specialist in muscle pathophysiology."Modulation of aberrant mitochondrial and cytokine production in muscles of patients with CFS by polyphenols"

David Nutt, Imperial College London: psychyatrist specialising in neuropsychopharmacology.

Carmine Pariante, King’s College London: another psychiatrist."Persistent fatigue induced by interferon-alpha: a new immunological model for chronic fatigue syndrome."

This seems to encompass immune dysfunction,and mitchondrial dysunction. Looks like the MRC has finally seen the light (or read international research literature...). £1.6 million is not enormous in terms of biological research, it will probably fund around 5 researchers for 3 years, but it's a start!

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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2013, 09:37:02 PM »

 s_hi   any funding for research is wonderful, but such a large sum means that there will be more continuity so that can only be an advantage in making the research count.   :051bye:LL.x
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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2013, 02:01:05 PM »

There is this.

http://forum.chronicfatiguesyndrome.me.uk/index.php/topic,14408.msg108045.html#msg108045
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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2014, 10:31:22 PM »

Err is it £1.6 billion or £1.6 million? £1.6 billion is huge but £1.6 million is not a lot. A typo? Yep, please correct.
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