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HANSON, FLUGE AND MELLA JOIN OMF SAB!!!

Discussion in 'Latest ME/CFS Research' started by Ben Howell, May 25, 2017.

  1. Ben Howell

    Ben Howell OMF Correspondent

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    Some amazing news guys...


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    HANSON, FLUGE AND MELLA

    JOIN OMF SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD!

    Dr. Davis has invited three additional outstanding scientists to join the OMF Scientific Advisory Board and they have accepted!
    • Dr. Maureen Hanson, Cornell University (New York)
    • Dr. Øystein Fluge, University of Bergen, Haukeland University Hospital (Bergen, Norway)
    • Dr. Olav Mella, University of Bergen, Haukeland University Hospital (Bergen, Norway).
    "We are honored that these scientists are joining our team to end ME/CFS. I have tremendous respect for their work. I work very closely with our Scientific Advisory Board and look forward to creating a new partnership with them.

    These scientists have each made significant contributions to ME/CFS and related fields, and are committed to helping accelerate our research," said Dr. Ronald W. Davis, Director of OMF's Scientific Advisory Board and Director of the Stanford Genome Technology Center.

    He added, "Maureen and I have a special, and unfortunate, connection. As parents of severely ill sons, we know this disease firsthand and we recognize the urgency and importance of collaboration to find the cure."

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    OMF Welcomes Maureen Hanson, PhD!
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    Dr. Hanson has conducted
    groundbreaking molecular analysis of many facets of ME/CFS. She analyzes her data with sophistication and insight. It’s exciting to have such an accomplished top-notch scientist working on this disease.

    Dr. Hanson is internationally known for her work on gene expression and cell biology of plant organelles—chloroplasts and mitochondria. About 10 years ago, she began developing a second research program on ME/CFS in order to identify the cause of this understudied disease to help its many victims, including her own son. She has engaged a number of colleagues in collaborative studies on ME/CFS including gene expression in immune cells, mitochondrial DNA variation, the effect of exercise on inflammatory markers and physiology, dysbiosis of the gut microbiome, and metabolomics.

    Dr. Hanson is Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Cornell University. She previously was on the Biology faculty at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. She holds a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Harvard University.

    OMF Welcomes Øystein Fluge, MD, PhD and Olav Mella, MD, PhD!
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    Dr. Fluge (pictured left) and Dr. Mella (pictured right) have been courageous in pursuing the effects of rituximab on ME/CFS patients, when that issue was not the planned focus of their investigation. They have continued to follow where the data lead them into cellular and molecular analyses. This kind of excellent, open-minded science is just what we need in our quest for an end to ME/CFS.pursuing the effects of rituximab on ME/CFS patients when that issue was not the planned focus of their investigation.

    Drs. Fluge and Mella, as oncologists, were the first to make the observation that treating an ME/CFS patient for lymphoma with rituximab resulted in considerable improvement of ME/CFS symptoms. Although this was outside of their medical expertise, they have pursued this initial observation with additional ME/CFS patients. They are currently conducting a double blind clinical trial of rituximab on ME/CFS patients. They are also conducting molecular and metabolic analyses of ME/CFS immune cells in order to better understand the causes of the low energy seen in patients.

    Dr. Fluge is the Senior Consultant supervising the ME/CFS research group at the Department of Oncology and Medical Physics at the University of Bergen, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway.

    Dr. Mella is an adjunct professor working in the same group. They work together on the Norwegian Rituximab and cyclophosphamide trials with ME/CFS patients.


    Open Medicine Foundation
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    Our Purpose:
    • To fast-track revolutionary research for ME/CFS and related chronic complex diseases.
    • To support collaborative scientific research to discover molecular causes, find effective treatments, diagnostic markers, prevention approaches and cures.
    • To communicate, engage and inform the patient community.
    • To help drive & support global collaboration
    A Word from our CEO/President
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    OMF believes that working together as partners, in a open and collaborative manner, we will discover answers to help millions of patients around the world.

    With our new partners we are expanding our tent and bringing together some of the world's brightest scientists on our Scientific Advisory Board and as research collaborators.
    We are expanding our research team and exploring new studies to increase our impact. In the coming months we will share information with you about our strategies and actions.

    I invite you to please help spread hope and invite others to join you in supporting OMF. Please tell a friend.

    Invite them to donate today and join Team OMF.

    Thank you being our partner in finding answers.
    With hope,
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    Linda Tannenbaum
    CEO/President
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    Pretty cool eh?!!


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  2. Ben Howell

    Ben Howell OMF Correspondent

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    If you'd like to donate to celebrate this amazing news, please do so here :)


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  3. Jesse2233

    Jesse2233 Senior Member

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    !!!!!!!!

    It's like The Avengers
     
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  4. shannah

    shannah Senior Member

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    Terrific News! Link?
     
  5. Ben Howell

    Ben Howell OMF Correspondent

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    Ha, The Avengers can only wish for a team like this ;)


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  6. Marky90

    Marky90 Science breeds knowledge, opinion breeds ignorance

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    Best news in a while!!
     
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  7. Ben Howell

    Ben Howell OMF Correspondent

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    Hi @shannah

    What link are you looking for? This is directly from the OMF newsletter :)


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  8. Groggy Doggy

    Groggy Doggy Mermaid, lost at sea

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    So nice to see a woman scientist on the OMF SAB!!
     
  9. shannah

    shannah Senior Member

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    Thought maybe there was an announcement on their site or FB page but I don't see one there yet.
     
  10. Ben Howell

    Ben Howell OMF Correspondent

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    There should be one soon :)


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  11. Mary

    Mary Senior Member

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    Wow wow wow!!! :thumbsup::balloons:

    Just checked my e-mail and got one from OMF about this --
     
  12. *GG*

    *GG* Senior Member

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    Yes, great news.

    Can the car donation "Pic" have more info added to it, so I could use it on Facebook as my Profile pic ;)

    Perhaps OMF website or just Open Medicine Foundation? Whatever works :)

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    greeneagledown Senior Member

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    Pretty logical development. Davis's team at OMF and Fluge/Mella seem to be the two smartest teams working on CFS worldwide, so I'm glad they are finally joining forces.
     
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    This is such amazing news! To see the best scientists and doctors work together to find a cure is incredible. This team have knowledge, curiosity, think outside the box minds and have their hearts in it. Today is a good day!
     
  15. Ben Howell

    Ben Howell OMF Correspondent

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    Some good news to tell your son @Nickster :)


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  16. Nickster

    Nickster Senior Member

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    Yes! I Love it! @Ben Howell
     
  17. snowathlete

    snowathlete Not an ol' sleazebag

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    Excellent news, has cheered me up today!
     
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  18. Ben Howell

    Ben Howell OMF Correspondent

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    I shall ask for you @*GG* :)


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    I got the newsletter in my e-mail this morning and thought it was phenomenal news as well. Since OMI and Fluge & Mella are currently the most knowledgeable about Rituximab on the planet (in addition to @Jonathan Edwards of course!), I was waiting for them to join forces. This is great news! :star::star::star:
     
  20. Rick Sanchez

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    This is amazing news!!! Davis already strikes me as an incredible pragmatic scientist, but I definitely see it as a boon to have some Scandinavian pragmatism on the advisory board. Very proud Scandi!
     
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