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Major Australian Study To Unravel Secrets Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Thursday 15 October 2020


From Deakin University:



Major study to unravel secrets of chronic fatigue syndrome

Media release
08 October 2020
Media contact: Pauline Braniff
© Copyright Deakin University 2020.

A Deakin University research team will begin a world-first study into the causes and possible treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome, a little understood condition that affects many thousands of Australians.

The five-year project, funded with support from the National Health and Medical Research Council and conducted primarily through University Hospital, Geelong, will investigate the cell profile in people living with the debilitating condition, known medically as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).

Study lead Professor Ken Walder, Deakin's Chair of Metabolic Diseases in the School of Medicine and Co-Director of Deakin's Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT) estimates around one in 100 Australians have ME/CFS but diagnosis is difficult and there are currently no approved treatments available.

"Awareness of ME/CFS has increased over the past 15 years but the complexity of the illness means some medical practitioners still don't believe it is a real disease," Professor Walder said.


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