Understanding the causes of ME/CFS

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Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), Chronic Lyme, Long Covid and PANS PANDAS affect over 100 million people worldwide, but remain a puzzle to doctors. Diagnosis is difficult and causes are uncertain. Long Covid - a new condition associated with Covid 19 - can provide insight into the underlying biological causes that can potentially help us understand other conditions associated with infections.

Research into these conditions has been limited due to lack of funding or the fact they are completely new. Dr Karl Morten and his team have recently identified clear differences in various factors in the blood of ME/CFS patients that suggest how these illnesses may be connected.

Philanthropic funding can support five projects:

  1. Determine the causes of longer-term outcomes ME/CFS patients treated with extremely low cold dry air temperatures
  2. Compare potential biomarkers in ME/CFS patients with those of mild and moderately affected patients
  3. Expand the Long Covid research project to take more samples over time via wearable monitors, to identify possible causal factors
  4. A Pilot study in Long Covid looking for alterations in blood extracellular vesicles and PBMCs.
  5. Searching for bacteria, fungal and viral pathogens in PANS PANDAS patients.

To learn more about these projects, please visit Dr Morten’s Oxford University webpage and the Morten Group webpage.

100% of your donation will be directed to your chosen area of research. With your support, we can make a life-changing impact on people suffering from these debilitating conditions.

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