Parliamentary Question: action to support biomedical research into ME in Scotland

December 6, 2010

Scottish Parliament Official Record citation

The subject of biomedical research into ME/CFS came up in a question that was answered in the Scottish Parliament on 2 December 2010.

Cathy Jamieson, Labour MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, had tabled a written question on 25 November which asked what action is being taken to support biomedical research on myalgic encephalomyelitis.

In a written answer, health minister and deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon (SNP) replied:

The Chief Scientist Office (CSO), of the Scottish Government's  Health Directorates, which has responsibility for encouraging and supporting research into health and health care needs in Scotland, is collaborating with the Medical Research Council (MRC) on the implementation of its research strategy into chronic fatigue syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). CSO and the MRC are committed to supporting scientific research into all aspects of CFS/ME including biomedical studies of the condition. CSO supports research projects of a sufficiently high standard initiated by the research community in Scotland. This role is well known and advertised throughout the healthcare and academic community.

Both the CSO and MRC would be pleased to consider proposals for biomedical research into CFS/ME which would be subject to the usual peer and committee review.

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