From a comment made today by Andrea on the XMRV Global Action facebook page, under the Q&A transcript. See: http://www.facebook.com/pages/XMRV-...t-international-xmrv-workshop-qa/438284026796 "Our biggest thing is funding. I know the patients can't afford it so if you guys can write Dr. Fauci and Dr. Collins and ask them to fund research and clinical trials for Whittemore Peterson Institute and 5 centers of excellence that would be awesome. He actually is watching this very closely. And if you know of any big donors that could be involved in naming opportunities and funding the medical clinic. These are the types of things that help us move forward even quicker." Does anyone know if there is an advocacy project doing this yet (coordinating letters to send to Fauci and Collins)? The closest thing I know being talked about on PR along these lines was in the written testimony of Robert Miller at the Sept. 7, 2010 NIH pre-meeting. His point #3 says: "3. We would not be here if the privately funded Whittemore Peterson Institute had not identified the connection between XMRV in cancer and the immune problems (RNASE L defect) in CFS patients.... We need CFS Centers of Excellence funded by NIH as recommended by the CFSAC advisory committee for years. The WPI should be funded as the first one, and you need to make others happen." Being both sick and a newbie...I get overwhelmed sometimes with following the various advocacy efforts and being unsure of where to best invest my limited energy to help out, but this seems like a big one, and it's coming as a suggestion from Andrea herself. Is there an advocacy guru here at PR that wants to suggest the best way to follow-up on Andrea's suggestion? Make it part of CFSAC or do it as a separate e-mailing effort directly to the NIH and NIAID offices? Coordinate with XMRV global action? Like I said, I need a guru about now.