Tell Congress To Give ME/CFS Research a Fighting Chance!
Did you know that Congress oversees a $11.9 billion medical research budget independent from the NIH?
It’s called the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) and right now ME/CFS is not an eligible research topic area. But we can change that and open up a whole new area of research funding for ME/CFS.
Please use this form and ask your member of Congress to request ME/CFS be added as an eligible research topic area.
Help Support Research on Neuroinflammation in ME/CFS!
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) represents a challenging intersection of immunology, neurology, endocrinology, and other fields. Investigating such a broad and complex condition requires access to technology, instrumentation, and methods that are not available at the average doctor’s office.
The Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging in Boston is one of the world’s premier research centers. This unique facility consistently produces high-impact research largely due to a highly collaborative organization and culture. Clinical researchers such as neuroscientists, neurologists, and immunologists are able to push the envelope in their respective fields because they work alongside bioengineers, radiologists, and physicists with expertise in imaging technology. Thus we have the ability to answer challenging research questions due to the advances in the technology that are happening on our own campus.
Dr. Michael VanElzakker is a Martinos Center research fellow affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Tufts University. He has a background in neuroendocrinology and clinical neuroscience and is known for an influential hypothesis of ME (CFS) that centers on the intersection between the nervous and immune systems.
Our ongoing research program includes three projects:
1. Neuroinflammation scanning
2. Scanning before and after exercise challenge
3. Targeting cellular activity in the Nucleus of the Solitary Tract
Your contribution will fund these studies. Each answers novel questions in novel ways, elucidating the mechanisms of ME (CFS) pathology.