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Crowdfunding: David Tuller - Trial By Error Fall 2020

Thursday 22 October 2020

 

From Berkeley Crowdfunding:

 

Virology Blog
 

Trial By Error: Reporting on ME, CFS, ME/CFS, "medically unexplained symptoms," and related stuff

Project ends on October 31, at 11:59 PM PDT
© 2020 UC Berkeley, All Rights Reserved.

As in previous years, the University of California, Berkeley, had designated April as a month for campus projects to seek donations through the online crowdfunding platform. Given the situation, the university shortened the campaign and urged all the projects to crowdfund again in October. That's why I am now seeking funds to support my academic position at Berkeley's Center for Global Public Health from January through June. 

I hope to raise $60,000 in tax-deductible donations to Berkeley to cover the Center for Global Health's six-month costs for my position: salary ($40,000), benefits ($15,000, mostly for health insurance), and Berkeley's 7.5 % gift fee ($4,500.)

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A Short Recap

Most of you reading this will likely be familiar with some of my work, but here's a short recap. I launched the "Trial By Error" series with a 15,000-word investigation of the disastrous PACE trial, published on Virology Blog in October, 2015. By now, I have written hundreds of blog posts about that piece of crap and other aspects of these issues not only in the UK but in the US, the Netherlands, Norway, and many other countries. 

Since my April crowdfunding, I have written more than 60 posts on Virology Blog. In addition, Northwestern University law professor Steve Lubet and I co-authored a commentary on ME/CFS and medically unexplained symptoms for Medical Humanities, a BMJ journal. I wrote or co-wrote articles on possible links between ME and symptoms being experienced by Covid-19 patients for STAT, BerkeleyWellness.com, and the health policy journal Health Affairs. 

Given the speed of events, it is hard to predict exactly what will be coming up in the next six months. in the UK, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is expected to release soon its draft revision of the ME/CFS guidelines, so I definitely plan to address the developments. Now that we're past the sixth month of the pandemic, more and more Covid-19 patients are likely to be getting diagnosed with ME, CFS or ME/CFS, so it will be important to keep an eye on these definitional challenges. Certainly I will try to smack down more bad research on psychobehavioral interventions for ME/CFS and other chronic illnesses, including so-called "medically unexplained symptoms," although keeping up with the flow is impossible.

 

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