New Research Network Brings Fresh Energy To Fight Against ME

Scientist using a microscope


By Ryan O’Byrne of University of Alberta.


The first research network in Canada to focus on chronic fatigue syndrome eager to attract new research into the poorly understood disease.

Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), is not a new disease, but it is one of the least understood. There is no diagnostic test, no known cause and no proven treatment, even though ME affects hundreds of thousands of Canadians. But a new cross-country collaboration that includes four University of Alberta researchers is hoping to change that.

The Interdisciplinary Canadian Collaborative ME Research Network, or ICanCME (pronounced ‘I can see ME’) is the first-ever of its kind addressing the issue of ME. The network brings together 70 researchers, community partners and patients from across Canada to find the cause of, and possible treatments for, ME though patient-centred research—from discovery all the way through to clinical tests and implementation.


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