By Simon McGrath in ME/CFS Research Review.
Things are changing in the US for ME/CFS research as four new collaboratives set up and get to work.
In September last year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced $35 million of funding to establish three new ME/CFS research collaboratives and a supporting data centre. Since then, the Open Medicine Foundation (OMF) has said it plans to invest $5 million to fund a fourth research collaborative, at Stanford.
So that’s four new collaboratives based at leading institutions, using top researchers and clinicians and backed by a substantial amount of cash. The collaboratives will be using cutting-edge technology and large, well-defined samples of patients. This adds up to a game-changer for biomedical research in the US, setting it way ahead of the rest of the world.
The NIH-funded collaboratives are:
- The Center for Solutions for ME/CFS headed up by Dr Ian Lipkin and based at Columbia University in New York City.
- The Cornell ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center led by Dr Maureen Hanson at Ithaca, New York State.
- The Jackson Laboratory ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center led by Dr Derya Unutmatz and based in Connecticut.
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