MRC commits £1.5 million for research into cause of CFS/ME

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is committing £1.5m for research into the causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). The aim is to promote new and innovative partnerships between researchers already working in the CFS/ME field and those in associated areas, such as pain and fatigue. The aim is also to encourage and support more high-quality CFS/ME research proposals.

The funding call will focus on one or more of six priority areas identified by the MRC’s CFS/ME Expert Group in consultation with research leaders in related areas and representatives of two major CFS/ME charities:

  • Autonomic dysfunction (malfunction of the nervous system)
  • Cognitive symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Immune dysregulation (e.g. through viral infection)
  • Pain
  • Sleep disorders

More information on MRC website

The deadline for submitting proposals will be 7 June 2011.

Minutes of the meeting to discuss research priorities.


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