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South Australian Health And Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) Calling For Research Participants
Saturday 13 February 2016
From the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (via email):
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
Research participants wanted
Chronic fatigue syndrome: Leptin, interleukin 6 and clinical symptoms.
What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterised by a constellation of symptoms in previously healthy and active individuals.
Because of these symptoms, quality of life of people with CFS can be extremely compromised. While the search for a clear-cut cause remains elusive, we believe that we can make a major contribution to a person’s quality of life by elucidating the biological basis of their clinical symptoms.
If the biology underlying the disabling symptoms of CFS is elucidated, we will be able to target treatments aimed at symptomatic improvement.
What is the purpose of this study?
To evaluate the relationship of the hormones (cytokines) Leptin and Interleukin-6 on the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. We can test these by using a blood sample. We are also embarking on the development of a genetic database for CFS.
Who are we looking for?
Adults 18-65 years-old. Participants must be fluent in English. People able to answer simple questionnaires without any help from others. You must also be non-pregnant and not breastfeeding.
Those without serious active medical or mental illness that may affect the results for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. We will exclude Obesity Class II (World Health Organisation) Body Mass Index greater than 34.99.
Those not taking medications such as sleeping pills. Those not using illicit drugs or abusing alcohol in the last 3 months.
People taking low doses of antidepressants such as Endep/Amitriptyline or an SSRI (for sleep and pain) can be included in the test. However, people taking larger doses, prescribed specifically for depression, are excluded.
We also want healthy people to participate. You will undergo the same procedures as those with CFS. This will enable us to compare healthy people and those who have CFS.
What are we going to do?
The Bellberry Human Research Ethics Committee has reviewed and approved this study in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) – incorporating all updates.
If you want to participate please contact:
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