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Who We Are

The American Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Society, AMMES (pronounced “aims”), was founded by Erica Verrillo, a long-time ME/CFS patient and co-author of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide. Initially, AMMES was sponsored by the Mass CFIDS/ME and FM Association, one of the oldest regional non-profits in the country. In July of 2016, AMMES was incorporated as a non-profit in the state of Massachusetts and a month later it received its national non-profit status as a 501(c)(3) organization. (EIN: 81-3562025)

The mission of AMMES is to serve the entire ME/CFS community. That includes patients, their families and caregivers, the physicians who treat them, and the researchers who seek to find biomarkers and a cure. First and foremost, AMMES addresses the practical concerns of ME/CFS patients: How do I find a doctor? What treatments are effective? Where can I find support? AMMES is also committed to coordinating with all ME/CFS organizations, nationally and internationally, in the true spirit of cooperation.


Dr. Marcie Zinn, Chair, Scientific and Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Zinn is the director of the Cognitive Systems Neuroscience Unit in the Center for Community Research at DePaul University, Chicago, where she works with her husband, Mark. Dr. Zinn’s multidisciplinary expertise spans data science, psychology, neuroscience, psychiatry and neurology, allowing her to integrate seemingly disparate ideas into novel models. She is especially interested in infectious and rare diseases, and her primary research interest is M.E. By studying both neurologically healthy and diseased individuals using functional and structural network science, she and her husband, Mark, are able to characterize disturbances which impact cognition, movement, learning, sensory systems, speech and sleep in neurological disorders. The methods used allow matching the extent and nature of patient complaints to functional systems in the brain, and to see how these functions appear in real life. The Zinns’ body of research will continue to lead to novel discoveries in brain science of infectious diseases, especially ME, thereby vastly improving the quality of life of the affected individuals and their families.

Call for Board Members

AMMES is actively recruiting members to serve on the board. Board members do not need to have ME/CFS, but must demonstrate knowledge about the disease, and share a deep commitment to serve the community. We are looking for board members to serve in the following positions (all must be US citizens or residents):

Treasurer – must have a background in bookkeeping

Clerk – must be able to take notes on meetings and communicate with the board

Fundraising coordinator –  should have experience fundraising for non-profits

Outreach –  should have experience with PR, community outreach, and with membership development

Editor – must keep website information up to date, compose newsletter – experience with WordPress a plus!

Please send suggestions via our Contact form.



Solve ME/CFS Initiative

The Solve ME/CFS Initiative (SMCI)– was founded in 1987 and has established itself as the leading charitable organization dedicated to myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) – also known as chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS).

Open Medicine Foundation

The OMF supports collaborative medical research to find effective treatments and diagnostic markers for ME/CFS, brings experts from around the world to brainstorm and participate in targeted initiatives, supports health care education about chronic complex disease, and advances translational research and information-based research into optimum clinical medicine, including the diagnosis and treatment of  poorly understood diseases.


Founded by Rich Carson in 1988, ProHealth’s mission is to support sufferers of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Fibromyalgia by offering quality nutritional supplements, products that make life easier for ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia patients, and targeted news, information and community access. Rich has been a prolific fundraiser in the United States for research against the disease since 1986.

Health Rising

Cort Johnson, founder of Phoenix Rising, launched  Health Rising in 2010. The site features Cort’s well-known blog, as well as as an active Forum for ME/CFS patients.

National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association

The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association unites patients, policy makers, and healthcare, medical and scientific communities to transform lives through visionary support, advocacy, research and education of fibromyalgia and chronic pain illnesses.

David Tuller, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow in Public Health in Journalism at the Center of Global Public Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, California. Dr. Tuller has been a reporter and editor for ten years at the San Francisco Chronicle, served as health editor at and frequently writes about health for The New York Times.


International Supporters

Action for ME (UK)

UK charity Action for M.E. takes action to end the ignorance, injustice and neglect faced by people with M.E. It offers information, support and advice to children, families and adults, helping them make informed choices about the care and support that’s right for them; and works collaboratively with professionals, policy-makers and researchers to secure change for the future.

ME Foreningen (ME Association) – Denmark

The Danish ME Association is a patient association for the disease ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). The association provides support for patients and works to increase the biomedical knowledge of ME in the Danish health system, so that ME patients are diagnosed and treated correctly according to the International Consensus Guide.

Hope 4 ME & Fibro Northern Ireland 

Hope 4 ME and Fibro is a charity that has the full support from Newry, Mourne and Down Council and local politicians. Their aim is to accomplish ME patient care services in Northern Ireland. They raise funding for Bio-Medical research, liaise with all major ME and Fibromyalgia charities both in UK and Ireland and highlight awareness at every opportunity.

ME-föreningen (ME association, Sweden)

The ME association works for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) to help them to live as well as possible, as well as to accelerate biomedical research. We inform, educate and work to change public perception on matters affecting patients. More knowledgeable doctors are needed, as well as more biomedical research.