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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a condition affecting 20 million people worldwide, but it remains a puzzle to both the medical profession and patients. Complex symptoms make it difficult to diagnose and only 5% of patients make a full recovery. Research into the causes has been limited due to lack of funding, but the recent identification of high levels of L-form bacteria in the blood of ME/CFS patients suggests a compromised immune system could be a biological cause of the illness.

Dr Karl Morten at the University of Oxford proposes to lead a major research project to investigate this possible cause in detail. It will be the largest project of its kind in Europe, involving three ME/CFS research centres over 4-5 years. The latest findings were presented at the 2020 UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative conference. Watch this half hour talk to find out about the scientific challenges and breakthroughs over the past couple of years and discover how you can contribute.

With your support, we hope it will be a game-changer for this debilitating condition.