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CAA's 6 research grant recipients - impressive program IMHO

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Dolphin, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    I was just reading the CFIDSlink from the CAA http://www.cfids.org and was impressed by the CAA 6 research grant recipients.

    I'm not sure if I missed it before or if it is new information but I liked the sound of this with regard to Dr. Sanjay Shukla. He thinks: "Shukla hypothesizes that people with CFS do not have the right kind and balance of microbes and that exertion causes the microbes to leak across the intestine causing inflammation and metabolic disturbance." and are going to do exercise tests to investigate. (Prof de Meirleir and others have found evidence that microbes could be involved so it's unlikely to be a dead end).

    I always like exercise studies (as long as I don't have to take part!) as I think they get to the heart of the illness - I think a lot of the abnormalities in the condition have to be provoked (they might not show up if somebody is well-rested).

    And exercise abnormalities are also great from an activist point of view in pointing out that exercise is risky for us and we want to be offered more than programs that tell us to exercise more, which is what has taken over in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands and to a certain extent is unfortunately seen as "evidence-based medicine".

    They are also funding the Lights exercise study so (at least) two out of the 6 are looking at exercise!

    I liked to read the bit about Dr. Gordon Broderick:
    So there is "double-value" for the money in a way.

    I was also impressed by Dr. Vernon's response to the latest XMRV paper. It shows the value of having a proper scientist like her employed.
  2. Mithriel

    Mithriel Senior Member

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    I agree this return to exercise studies is great.

    Mithriel
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    Tom, I also like the recipients, individually and for the range they represent. Given the limits of funding, I think CAA came up with an impressive group. I think some / most are fairly new in the CFS research area. It's step one to attract new researchers with this type of funding, but our greater challenge in the coming years is to keep researchers engaged, by expanding funding.

    When I first read about the grants, I remember thinking, that Dr. Vernon had probably been itching to see a really well-organized research program, and as a researcher she knew what needed to be done to get the most bang for the research buck. For example, the way they built in collaboration, regular reports, etc.
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    jspotila Senior Member

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    Association Research Program

    The Association's latest round of grants were selected in a competitive process, and Dr. Vernon collaborated with the Board to identify what we thought was most important and most strategic. We wanted to fill gaps in the knowledge base, to bring in NEW researchers, and to focus on proposals that seemed most like to produce a meaningful result. Each grant was capped at $100,000 which is very small for medical research, so we knew that we would be funding some pilot efforts.

    The Association's 2008 Request for Applications included the following language (emphasis added):
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    starryeyes Senior Member

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    I'm really impressed with the CAA for choosing these studies. These are the kinds of biological abnormalities we need researched! :D
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    I'm impressed by the program too, especially given the modest size of the CAA's available funds - I get the impression of getting maximum bang for the buck...

    Imagine what could get done if only there was a lot, lot more funding available (like from the federal government, for example) for researchers and research projects like these!
  7. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    Fingers crossed that some of these will go on to get federal funding. That's often how science research/medical research works - you collect some evidence that your angle has something to it and they give you more money to investigate it further.
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    jspotila Senior Member

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    Association funded investigators have a higher than average track record of securing funding from NIH. That's one of the factors driving our program - giving someone enough pilot funding to get the data they need to get a bigger grant from NIH. It's about leveraging our dollars into bigger federal dollars.

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