Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Initiative




From Stanford Medicine



The ME/CFS Initiative conducts extensive clinical research in an effort to improve diagnosis and treatment of this debilitating illness. Stanford Medicine has had great success in engaging and collaborating with nearly 50 researchers across Stanford University and beyond. Together, they have discovered various potential biomarkers that have confirmed that ME/CFS is a real, physical disease. These discoveries are dramatically changing public and scientific opinions.

The ME/CFS team of dedicated physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and researchers work jointly with patients, with the profound commitment to understanding  the causes behind this debilitating disease and providing compassionate care and effective therapies to those affected by ME/CFS, and support to their families and caretakers.


Our Vision

Establish Stanford Program for Research and Treatment of Chronic Unexplained Illnesses

Programmatic goals would include conducting translational research, treating patients, and training the next generation of ME/CFS physician-scientists. Key aims of the program are:

  • Identify biomarkers associated with chronic unexplained illnesses, including ME/CFS, with the aim of translating that knowledge into early diagnoses and effective treatments
  • Become a clinical center of excellence for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with suspected or confirmed chronic unexplained illnesses, including ME/CFS and chronic Lyme disease (CLD)
  • Provide leadership and education in the field of infection-associated chronic unexplained illnesses


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