Official NIH kickoff meeting brings together collaborators

Vicky Whittemore & Joseph Breen

The National Institutes of Health headquarters hosted the leads of the recently funded ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center awards and partner organizations. The purpose of this kickoff meeting was to get to know each other and to begin to discuss collaborative projects that could be undertaken that would leverage each institutional expertise. After introductions, each awardee institution presented an overview of the research proposed, and an executive committee was formed to establish the framework within which data will be shared. Continue reading “Official NIH kickoff meeting brings together collaborators”

Researchers take audience questions after Unrest film

Cornell ME/CFS collaborative research center researchers fielded audience questions after the showing of Jennifer Brea‘s documentary film “Unrest” at Cinemapolis in Ithaca. 

Betsy Keller, Exercise and Sport Sciences Professor from Ithaca College and Maureen Hanson, Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of Molecular Biology & Genetics at Cornell University shared clarifications and learned from the audience, comprised of patients, healthcare professionals, researchers and community members.

A local newspaper article provides more details. Seeking an Elusive Cure  Continue reading “Researchers take audience questions after Unrest film”

Gut microbiome publication

On January 22, 2018, PeerJ published “Eukaryotes in the gut microbiota in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome”. The publication is work done by Center participants regarding the diversity of eukaryotes in the gut microbiomes of people with ME/CFS and in healthy controls.

A recent research highlight by the Solve ME/CFS Initiative provides a detailed summary of this article. SMCI’s research summary can be viewed here.


Figure 1: Individual relative taxa abundances in healthy controls and ME/CFS patients. (from publication)

Mandarano AH, Giloteaux L, Keller BA, Levine SM, Hanson MR. 2018. Eukaryotes in the gut microbiota in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome. PeerJ 6:e4282 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4282

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