MEA Research Update: Metabolomics and ME/CFS – Dr Morten and the Oxford research centre | 13th August 2018

August 13, 2018



The ME Association has been working for some time with Dr Karl Morten and the research team at Oxford who have recently been honing their approach to the study of metabolomics in ME/CFS.

Before embarking on a new study utilising samples from the ME/CFS Biobank for the ME Association, they have been conducting research using samples from a patient cohort in Poland.

Dr Morten (pictured) is working with Dr James McCullagh, Associate Professor in Applied Mass Spectrometry at the University of Oxford.

The research will also try to replicate the findings from an important 2016 study by Dr Robert Naviaux that suggested ME/CFS could be caused by the body going into a state of semi-hibernation.

Funding has come largely from the 2016 ME Association Christmas Appeal. Total Ramsay Research Fund investment £100,000.

The research update begins with a summary overview from Dr Charles Shepherd, Hon. Medical Adviser to the ME Association, who explains what we mean by metabolomics and talks about why it is so important to ME/CFS research.

Jamie Strong, who has M.E. and is working with Dr Morten at one of the Oxford labs, then lets us know how their research has been developed, what they have discovered to date, and where they hope it will lead.

We have made this update available as a free download with interactive contents page

More information:

  • In case you missed it, Dr Morten was featured in July on BBC South Today, talking about the ongoing research at Oxford and the hope that it might lead to biomarker discovery and then treatment:
  • Metabolomics is an important and emerging area of science and the following video from NASA also provides a succinct overview:

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