Category Archives: Research

Grant Review

Disclosure: I participated in the preparation of one of the Collaborative Research Center applications. Today and tomorrow, the applications for ME/CFS Collaborative Research Centers and Data Coordinating Center are undergoing peer review at NIH. It’s a very important stage in … Continue reading

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NIH Attitudes Affect Policy: A Story In Two Parts

The current situation for ME research at NIH is still a problem, despite the fact that the RFAs will increase spending on ME by a significant percentage. I say this based on two things: what the ME field needs to … Continue reading

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The Halfway Point

We are halfway through fiscal year 2017. How much money has NIH spent on ME/CFS research so far this year, and where will we end up? The short version is: based on current spending, we are unlikely to hit the … Continue reading

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Best Practices

How can people with ME be more engaged in research? I mean really, meaningfully engaged from the design phase all the way through to the dissemination phase? I have an answer! With the help of #MEAction, I led a group … Continue reading

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The Cut

Trump’s proposed budget is out. Among all the cuts – because you have to cut in order to increase defense spending while simultaneously giving the rich a tax cut – among all these cuts is one that people with ME … Continue reading

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RFA Ticker, 2/20/17

Following an excellent suggestion from J.A. on last week’s post, I have added a line to the table of cumulative RFA numbers. This line will track the RFA dollars committed to ME/CFS. I don’t expect it to change this year. … Continue reading

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RFA Ticker, 2/13/17

NIH issued one RFA last week, for cellular therapies to treat radiation injuries. In that one RFA, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases committed $4 million for FY 2018. The maximum project length is five years, although future … Continue reading

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RFA Ticker, 2/6/17

I have no words this week, friends. I’m tracking the numbers because that is all I can do. One announcement: The NIH Clinical Care Center study of post-infectious ME/CFS is now recruiting participants. You can see the flyer here, and … Continue reading

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RFA Ticker, 1/30/17

At long last, the promised RFAs are here. Last week NIH published the RFA for the Collaborative Research Centers and the Data Management and Coordinating Center. Unfortunately, my mother-in-law passed away last week. Between that and other sources of upheaval, … Continue reading

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RFA Ticker, 1/23/17

Second verse same as the first. The wait continues. Two dates are coming: January 31st, by which Dr. Francis Collins said the RFAs would be issued. February 1st, on which NIH will hold another ME/CFS advocacy call. Call-in information has … Continue reading

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