Written by Katrina Pears (Research Correspondent) with Dr Charles Shepherd (Hon. Medical Adviser) for the ME Association, these popular lay summaries focus on research we have found particularly interesting or important.
They also include updates relating to the research being funded by the MEA Ramsay Research Fund. And often feature comments from researchers we have interviewed with some being written by the researchers themselves.
We make our summary reviews freely available as downloads or to view as website blogs and hope they help bring a greater understanding and appreciation of M.E. research.
2021 Summary Reviews:
- July: Passive transfer of fibromyalgia symptoms from patients to mice
- June: Altered Endothelial Function in ME/CFS Blood Plasma
2020 Summary Reviews:
- September: IACFS/ME New York Virtual Research Conference Report
- September: Small-Fiber Polyneuropathy May Underlie Dysautonomia in ME/CFS
- May: Is mystery factor in plasma causing viral immunity in ME/CFS?
- February: Assessing diagnostic value of microRNAs – Dr Elisa Oltra
Index of Published ME/CFS Research
All research relating to ME/CFS can be located in the ME Association: Index of ME/CFS Published Research.
This extensive library of research is updated every month. It is a free resource available to anyone.
The Index provides an A-Z of published research studies and selected key documents and articles, listed by subject matter, on myalgic encephalomyelitis, myalgic encephalopathy, and/or chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).
You can use it to easily locate and read any research in a particular area that you might be interested in, e.g. epidemiology, infection, neurology, post-exertional malaise etc.
You can also find the Research Index in the Published Research section of the website together with a list of Research Summaries from the ME Association that provide lay explanations of the more important and interesting work that has been published to date.
2019 Summary Reviews:
- December: Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) in ME/CFS – Update
- November: Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) in ME/CFS
- October: Differentiating Medical Uncertainty
- July: The Role of Mitochondria in ME/CFS
- April: A Critique of the CBT Model in ME/CFS by Dr Keith Geraghty
- April: UK ME Biobank – MAIT Cells are Increased in Severe ME/CFS
- March: Assessing PEM – The characteristic symptom of ME/CFS
- March: Energy production in ME/CFS by Dr Cara Tomas
- February: Metabolites from ME/CFS implicate ‘Redox’ imbalance
- January: US study of onset patterns and course of illness in ME/CFS
- January: Whole-brain imaging study suggests brain inflammation in ME/CFS
2018 Research update:
2018 Summary Reviews:
- December: Red blood cells in ME/CFS demonstrate reduced ability to change shape
- November: Cardiac abnormalities in ME/CFS not due to deconditioning
- September: The search for biomarkers in ME/CFS using Raman spectroscopy
- August: Natural killer cells as a biomarker in ME/CFS
- June: ME/CFS and the Biopsychosocial Model – by Dr Keith Geraghty
- March: Vision impairment in M.E.
- February: Elevated BNP levels in ME/CFS associate with cardiac dysfunction
- January: The dysfunctional autonomic nervous system in ME/CFS
2017 Summary Reviews:
- December: Changes in ‘brain chemistry’ after exercise in CFS, Gulf War Illness and sedentary controls
- November: Cellular bioenergetic deficiencies in ME/CFS – by Dr Cara Tomas
- October: Rethinking childhood adversity in ME/CFS
- October: Grey and white matter differences in chronic fatigue syndrome
- October: The SMILE Trial
- August: Cytokine signature associated with disease severity in ME/CFS
- August: To the heart of the issue – new study on two-day CPET in M.E. and MS
- June: The GETSET Trial
Visit the other pages in this section:
- Published Research – Supported by the MEA Ramsay Research Fund
- Research Summaries – Lay summaries of interesting and important research
- PACE Trial Reanalysis and MEA Illness Management Reports
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