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Bottom of the Ramp

In aggregate, 2017 turned out to be the biggest year of ME/CFS funding at NIH ever. But when I scratched the surface, I found bad news buried within the superficially good news. We are still at the bottom of the … Continue reading

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FINALLY: RFA Funding Announced

This post was last updated on September 30, 2017. Edits are clearly indicated in the text. At long last, NIH has announced the awards of RFA funding to three Collaborative Research Centers and a Data Management and Coordinating Center for … Continue reading

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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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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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