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RFA Ticker, 12/26/16

No Christmas joy for ME/CFS research at NIH. Only two RFAs were issued last week, and neither were the RFAs promised to us. It appears that the RFAs are coming . . . at some point. Dr. Vicky Whittemore told … Continue reading

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Dr. Collins: Keep Your Promise!

This is a call to action. I hope you will join me in demanding that Dr. Collins keep NIH’s promise to the ME community. (Edited to add: this action originated with MEAction. I’m just helping to boost the signal.) The … Continue reading

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CFSAC Around the Corner

The next meeting of the CFS Advisory Committee will be held Thursday, January 12th, and Friday, January 13th. This is an in-person meeting, and will also be webcast. Note that the Thursday meeting runs from 12 pm to 5pm, while … Continue reading

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RFA Ticker, 12/19/16

There was a veritable flurry of RFAs last week, with the most issued in any single week since I started tracking last year. But more than halfway through December, the promised RFAs for the ME/CFS research consortium and data center … Continue reading

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RFA Ticker, 12/12/16

It’s December and the news we’ve all been waiting for – the announcement of ME/CFS RFAs – has not come. But other things of note have been happening. On the RFA front, NIH has passed half a billion dollars in … Continue reading

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RFA Ticker, 12/5/16

The news in the past week was more about NIH generally, rather than ME specifically. President-elect Trump has nominated Representative Tom Price to be Secretary of HHS. This has touched off a war of words within the medical community, as … Continue reading

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RFA Ticker, 11/28/16

A short week due to the Thanksgiving holiday doesn’t slow NIH down, apparently. More than $40 million was committed to RFAs last week. ME/CFS research didn’t even get the giblets. Will we be more successful in December? Here are the … Continue reading

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The Government Attitude Needed

Government/advocate interactions frequently happen on a public stage, where everyone is rightly careful about what they say. Sometimes, though, we can get access to behind the scenes communication. In emails that the authors probably believed would remain private, we can … Continue reading

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RFA Ticker, 11/21/16

The big news (apart from the election, of course) is that Carol Head and Dr. Zaher Nahle of the Solve ME/CFS Initiative had a brief meeting with Dr. Francis Collins, Director of NIH. SMCI reported: Dr. Collins could not offer … Continue reading

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RFA Ticker, 11/14/16

It got a bit crazy with NIH last week, didn’t it? The talk by Dr. Shorter went ahead as scheduled on November 9th, much to the chagrin of the entire patient community. Afterwards, NIH issued a follow up response which … Continue reading

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