Alexandra Mandarano wins LPS award for JCI publication

Dr. Alexandra Mandarano

Hanson Lab alumna, Alexandra Mandarano ’19 Ph.D., received the Laboratory Product Sales (LPS) award for her December 2019 JCI publication. The LPS award is granted to a student of the graduate field Genomics, Genomics and Development who is first author on what is judged to be the “best” student paper published in a calendar year. The award includes Mandarano’s name engraved on a plaque in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics office. Congratulations, Dr. Mandarano!

NYSDOH Panel Session on ME/CFS in Age of COVID-19

Center Director Dr. Maureen Hanson will be presenting current scientific research on ME/CFS during a panel session hosted by New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH). The session titled “Scientific Research on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the Age of COVID-19” will be moderated by Dr. Charles Gonzalez. Dr. Ian Lipkin (Columbia University) and Dr. Avindra Nath (NIH) will be joining Hanson as panel presenters.

UPDATE: In case you missed the panel discussion, NYS DOH released a recording along with each presenter’s slides. Direct links to the recording and Dr. Hanson’s slides are below. Visit the NYS DOH ME/CFS website for more information.

RTI launches two tools to advance ME/CFS research

Our MECFSnet collaborator, RTI, which operates the Data Management and Coordinating Center (DMCC) for the NIH ME/CFS Centers, has officially launched two research tools – mapMECFS and searchMECFS.

With mapMECFS, the Cornell ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center has worked promptly to submit data to the network. A total of 8 datasets are available. Below lists the publications from which the datasets have been uploaded.

Read more to see the full announcement from RTI.

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Plasma proteomics publication shows disrupted cell-to-cell signaling

We are proud to announce our latest plasma proteomics publication is available as open access in Proteomes.

This manuscript takes a look at 4,790 circulating plasma proteins from 20 ME/CFS women compared to 20 healthy women, over an unprecedented range, for ME/CFS, of 9 orders of magnitude.

Arnaud Germain, PhD

Pathway analysis uncovered disrupted cell-to-cell communication, specifically in the ephrin-Eph signaling pathway. This pathway is crucial for many aspects of our body’s homeostasis, including development, physiology, and disease regulation.

Additionally, the paper outlines promising results for the development of a diagnostic test using protein ratios.

First author, Arnaud Germain, PhD, outlines these findings in a video abstract below.

Transcripts for the video are available:
English
German

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Our first EV publication finds disturbances in cytokine networks

Dr. Ludovic Giloteaux

Center investigator Dr. Ludovic Giloteaux is lead author of a new publication out in the Journal of Translational Medicine. The paper describes cytokine profiling in extracellular vesicles (EVs) in ME/CFS. The study specifically looks at EVs from the plasma of 70 participants, 35 of which are diagnosed with ME/CFS and compared with 35 healthy controls. Both female and male participants were included in this work.  Dr. Jesus Castro-Marrero visited our lab from Spain on a fellowship to contribute to the project.

One key finding of the study is the noted disturbances in cytokine networks.. Disturbances in these cytokine networks were seen in both plasma and EVs, and provides further evidence of immune dysregulation in ME/CFS. We are using information from this work to inform our further studies on EVs from blood collected before and after an exercise challenge. Stay tuned for future publications from our Center on this topic.

The Enterovirus Theory of Disease Etiology in ME/CFS: A Critical Review

Adam O’Neal

This methodologically focused review covers aspects of ME/CFS pathophysiology that are consistent with chronic enterovirus infection outcomes and then closely examines the technology used in in past ME/CFS publications to determine how rigorously the enterovirus theory of disease etiology has been investigated.

Upcoming public lecture at NIH

The Trans-NIH ME/CFS Working Group announced an upcoming public lecture at the Masur Auditorium in NIH’s Clinical Center. Cornell ENID Center members Dr. Maureen Hanson and Dr. Betsy Keller will be presenting, and the event will also include updates on the NIH intramural study. The event will be hosted by the NIH ME/CFS Special Interest Group and is scheduled to take place on April 22, 2020 at 12:30 pm. Anyone that is interested can attend in person or watch the talks via videocast.

This post will be updated with the videocast link and other pertinent event information as it is made available. Also, you can receive updates and other NIH ME/CFS information by joining the NIH ME/CFS listserv. Visit the subscription link here if you are interested in subscribing.

Event information: https://www.nih.gov/mecfs/events

UPDATE: The Trans-NIH ME/CFS WG announced on 3/23/2020 that this event will be postponed due to the coronavirus situation.

Second annual ME/CFS Consortium meeting

Members of the Cornell ME/CFS Center joined advocacy representatives, Columbia Center for Solutions, JAX ME/CFS Center, NIH, and RTI for the second annual ME/CFS Consortium meeting. The group met in New York City on October 22 and 23, 2019 to discuss current research progress and future collaborative efforts.

Matching funds drive for immune dysregulation in ME/CFS

A generous donor has offered to match up to $25,000 in donations to the Cornell Center for Enervating Neuroimmune Disease for our work on immune dysregulation in ME/CFS, which was recently described in Dr. Maureen Hanson’s talk at the Stanford OMF Community Symposium.

Please visit our donation page if you wish to support our work on the immune system in ME/CFS.  All donations are gratefully received.

Third annual OMF working group meeting

The Open Medicine Foundation held their third annual collaborative team meeting on ME/CFS. Dr. Maureen Hanson joined approximately 60 other researchers at Standford University from September 4th to 6th, 2019 to discuss their latest unpublished and preliminary data on the disease. A diverse field of scientific topics were discussed as noted in the agenda.

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