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Call for volunteers in brain-scanning study

Thursday 22 April 2010

BrainSouth Australian rheumatologist Dr Richard Kwiatek is heading a follow-on study comparing brain MRI in CFS versus healthy controls.

Here is a message from Dr Kwiatek about the study:

I am the principal investigator of a follow-on cross-sectional study comparing brain MRI in CFS versus healthy controls to that originally conducted by Dr Richard Burnet, the (impressive and remarkable) results of which are currently under review for publication in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences.

This follow-on study is externally funded, and I have the allotted task of attempting to recruit 25 healthy controls to match the 25 individuals with CFS.

The purpose of the follow-on study is to both confirm and extend the original findings, the nature of which I hint at by the (to be published) abstract of a poster I have had accepted for presentation at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Rheumatology Association in Melbourne in May 2010.

I hope that you will be able to appreciate that these are very novel and seemingly highly significant mechanistic findings concerning the extremely vexing disorder of CFS.

Last Saturday, at the direction of the Ethics Committee of TQEH, I had published the attached advertisement in The Advertiser.

I attach the relevant Participant Information Sheet for your information as well.

Richard Kwiatek FRACP

Here's the advertisement:

PHYSICALLY INACTIVE YOUNG HEALTHY ADULTS
 
18 to 50 years of age
 
REQUIRED AS VOLUNTEERS FOR INNOVATIVE
ADELAIDE-BASED BRAIN-SCAN RESEARCH
INVESTIGATING
 
CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
 
Funded by the JT REID and MASON FOUNDATION
Charitable Trusts of Melbourne
 
Ethically and scientifically approved by the
Ethics of Human Research Committee of
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
 
For further information please contact
(08) 8267 1767

Dr Kwiatek stresses that the volunteers should not be biologically related to CFS sufferers. Volunteers could be in-laws, friends, step-children or step-parents.

Ideally, the non-CFS participant will be a sedentary healthy adult (male or female), is on no regular medications (mild asthma medications okay and mild intermittent migraine okay), and is less than 100 kg in weight.

For further information please contact (08) 8267 1767.

Here are the documents associated with the study and mentioned in Dr Kwiatek's request:

PDF

Advertisement (PDF, 79KB)

PDF

Participant Information Sheet (Healthy Controls) (PDF, 66KB)

 


 

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