South Australian news
Tuesday 26 July 2016
From the University of South Australia's Max Nelson (via email):
UniSA 2-day testing study
Researchers at the University of South Australia are looking for ME/CFS sufferers and healthy controls aged 18-65 to take part in a study which aims to investigate how non-invasive heart rate measures can be used to monitor post-exertional malaise. The study employs a 2-day maximal testing protocol, which has previously been shown to provide information on post-exertional malaise in ME/CFS patients, and may in addition be able to provide evidence on a reliable biomarker within the ME/CFS population.
Testing will all take place at the University of South Australia High Performance and Exercise Physiology Clinic located at the UniSA City-East campus on the corner of North Terrace and Frome Road. Testing will consist of one short familiarisation session (45 minutes), and two maximal testing sessions (90 minutes each). The maximal testing sessions need to be completed on consecutive days.
Appointments are available 7 days a week, at any time between 8am and 6pm.
The 2-day testing protocol is very strenuous, and the current study aims to determine if the need for 2 physically taxing exercise tests can be reduced through the use of heart rate monitoring. We understand that the testing will be physically taxing, so we have beds available to recover on following the maximal testing sessions.
This research has the potential to both generate further evidence of a diminished capacity for physical exertion in ME/CFS sufferers and to provide an additional biomarker that can be used to illustrate the presence of ME/CFS. All participants will be provided with a detailed report on their performance and the presence of post-exertional malaise which can be given to their specialists.
The researchers are also looking for matched healthy control participants to take part in the study. Healthy controls need to be healthy and injury free, and of a similar age/body mass index/gender as the CFS/ME participants.
The ME/CFS patients will get a detailed report on their post-exertional malaise, and for the healthy participants they get information on their VO2 max and overall fitness. Usually a consult of this type costs $150 at our clinic, so they get that part for free!
For further information, please see the information sheets below, or contact:
Mr Daniel Clark (Daniel.Clark@unisa.edu.au, ph 8302 1365); or
Mr Max Nelson (Max.Nelson@unisa.edu.au, ph 8302 1502).
ME 2-day test Info sheet (DOCX, 26 KB)
ME 2-day test Info sheet (PDF, 442 KB)
ME-CFS Advertising Material (DOCX, 18 KB)
ME-CFS Advertising Material (PDF, 219 KB)