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Meet The Scientists: Dr Christopher Armstrong

Friday 22 February 2019


From ME Australia:


Dr Christopher Armstrong
Dr Christopher Armstrong

Meet the Scientists: Dr Christopher Armstrong

By Sasha Nimmo
Author: ME news Australia
Date: February 20, 2019

‘Meet the Scientists’ is a series of interviews with researchers working on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome. We hear about current research directly from scientists and meet the people doing such important work to improve our health. The series will introduce early career researchers through to interviewing scientists and clinicians who have been working on the problems for decades.

Dr Christopher Armstrong is an Australian scientist researching Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). He moved to California late last year to take up a position at the Open Medicine Foundation.

Previously Dr Armstrong worked on biochemistry and molecular biology in the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute at the University of Melbourne. He researched ME for eight years at the University of Melbourne, where he completed a PhD to pioneer the application of metabolomics.

Dr Armstrong published the first comprehensive ME (Canadian Consensus Criteria) metabolomics study on blood and urine in 2015. These studies were first to recognise an alteration in energy, amino acid and purine metabolism in ME. The most outstanding observation was that people with ME appear to use less sugar and more amino acids for energy production signalling a systemic stress response. From there he observed how stool-sourced bacteria and their metabolites related to altered host metabolism in ME. These studies highlighted biochemical findings that represent the cellular reaction to a chronic stressor in ME.

In 2016 Dr Armstrong, Fane Mensah and Geraldine Cambridge received the Ramsay Award from USA’s Solve ME/CFS Initiative.


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