The search is on for volunteers to supply blood samples to the ME/CFS genes expression study being conducted at Glasgow Caledonian University by Professor John Gow and his research assistant Dr Suzanne Hagan.
The Glasgow research group – set up by Professors Peter and Mina Behan over 20 years ago – now have a list of candidate gene markers which they would like to test out on a larger number of samples from patients with ME/CFS.
It is necessary to test the potential diagnostic test under strict research criteria before a robust diagnostic tool becomes generally available.
It is emphasised that samples are required at this stage for inclusion in an ongoing research project. A diagnostic test is NOT being offered.
The group required blood samples from patents with ME/CFS who have been diagnosed by a clinician familiar with the condition.
Ideally they would like a 5ml sample of blood in an EDTA tube (not heparin) and a 5ml blood sample in a clotted plasma tube together with a covering letter from the clinician, containing brief details of the case history.
All details will be kept confidential and ethical permission from the appropriate authorities has been obtained for these studies. if you wish, you can remain anonymous. The researchers do not require names or addresses from the donor – only a code number from the clinician.
The researchers would be happy to pay the postage for any samples sent from surgeries or clinics if required but they cannot afford to pay for the clinician's time.
The results of these studies will be made available by presentation at appropriate conferences and by publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
The ME Association has been funding Dr Hagan's salary.
- If you are interested in taking part, the address to send the samples is:
- Dr Suzanne Hagan, Room C223A, BIO, Charles Oakley Laboratories, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA. Tel: 0141 331 8615; fax: 0141 332 3208.