Written by Dr Katrina Pears (Research Correspondent) and Charlotte Stephens for the ME Association (MEA), these popular lay reviews 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 the research reviews freely available as downloads or to view as website blogs and hope they help bring a greater understanding and appreciation of ME/CFS and Long Covid research.
2023 Research Reviews:
2022 Research Reviews:
- February: New study confirming endothelial dysfunction in ME/CFS
- February: What are the current treatments being trialled for Long COVID?
2021 Research Reviews:
- September: A map of metabolic phenotypes in patients with ME/CFS
- September: Are people with ME/CFS at higher risk of complications from COVID infection?
- August: IACFS/ME Research Conference Report
- July: Passive transfer of fibromyalgia symptoms from patients to mice
- June: Altered Endothelial Function in ME/CFS Blood Plasma
2020 Research 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
2019 Research 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 Reviews:
2018 Research 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 Research 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