ME/CFS Research Community Surprises: Submits Ten Research Center Applications to NIH

Cort Johnson

 

By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.

 

The NIH Research Center applications are in. The NIH is surely looking closely at how the chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) research community responds. After all, they haven’t responded very well over time. A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request indicated that the NIH receives few – really incredibly few – applications from ME/CFS researchers every year. (A blog on this is coming up). That surely didn’t inspire the uber competitive NIH to lay out a lot of money for research centers.

In fact, the NIH is probably asking itself whether the ME/CFS field is ready to produce effective research centers, and the funding probably reflects that concern. These are small Centers and there are not many of them in a field with so many needs. The research centers are a big opportunity and a big test for the ME/CFS research community. Is it up to the task?

 

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