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NIH Program Director Talks Team Work to Tackle ME-CFS

Thursday 17 November 2016


From MedPage Today's The Gupta Guide:


Vicky Whittemore
Vicky Whittemore

NIH Program Director Talks Team Work to Tackle ME-CFS

Vicky Whittemore, PhD, on the way forward

By Shannon Firth
Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today
November 15, 2016

For decades, those in the myalgic encephalomyelitis-chronic fatigue syndrome (ME-CFS) community have faced an uphill battle, getting the government, and the medical community in general, to take their condition seriously.

Vicky Whittemore, PhD, for one, has heeded that call. The program director of epilepsy at the NIH's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), gave the keynote presentation at the International Association of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (IACFS/ME) biennial conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She announced NIH plans to request applications for a consortium to facilitate a collaborative approach to researching the illness.

Earlier this year, Whittemore discussed the idea of a consortium during a phone call with ME-CFS advocates in March.

"I think it's going to take an army of really good researchers to solve this problem ... It can't be individual groups working in isolation. So what we'd like to do is to form a consortium really of investigators who are working hand in step," she stated.


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