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Lactic acid study – participants wanted

Friday 7 March 2008

TabletsDr Ian Buttfield some time ago approached us to see if we would encourage members to volunteer for a research project focusing on lactic acid. The researchers include Dr Henry Butt of Bioscreen in Melbourne and Dr Neil McGregor, both of whom have attended the experts' forums held by the Alison Hunter Memorial Foundation in Adelaide over the last two years.

The research team describes the project thus:

“The purpose of this study is to identify changes in CFS patients by measuring levels of specific chemicals in urine, blood and faeces in a clearly defined group of sufferers. The specific chemicals are ‘organic acids’, especially lactic acid. A further aim of this study is to see if the changes in these organic acids can be related to changes in the bacteria in the gut. Studying and comparing these changes in patients against those from individuals with little or no symptoms may further help to understand the disease.

The ultimate aim is to understand these changes so that they can be corrected with specific treatments which will help improve symptoms for patients.”

The Society’s committee last week agreed to support the project strongly. This is not least because the pool of volunteers for the project is to come from South Australia. Dr Buttfield will conduct simple and non-intrusive blood, urine and faecal tests which will then be processed at Bioscreen in Melbourne.

The committee also decided to contribute $2000 to the project. It’s expected to cost about $8000 or more and the researchers are funding it privately. We appreciate this commitment on their part and wanted to demonstrate that appreciation practically.

The team is awaiting for ethics committee approval, but Dr Buttfield would be delighted to start receiving the names of volunteers now so that all is ready to go as soon as possible after the approval comes through. Here are the contact details: Dr Ian Buttfield (08) 8272 4822.

Documents related to the study can be downloaded here:


Information for participants (PDF, 162KB)


Consent form (PDF, 19KB)


Bioscreen Questionnaire (PDF, 31KB)


Ethics Application (PDF, 157KB)

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