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Has the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute heard of ME/CFS?

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by Persimmon, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Persimmon

    Persimmon Senior Member

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    There's just been a thread started on a promising research finding coming out of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute ("WEHI"). That's prompted this post.

    WEHI has done lots of amazing things. I think it was the first research institute anywhere in the world that was devoted to immunology, thanks to a trailblazing decision by Nobel Prize winner Sir McFarlane Burnett. Back in the days when hardly anything was known about the immune system, Burnett decided this was a promising field: he unilaterally declared that WEHI was going to switch from its previous focuses and that it would become a dedicated immunology research institute. They've been a pre-eminent force in immunology ever since.

    That said, I have a gripe with WEHI - they have a huge budget and something like 800 dedicated researchers; operate to very high standards and devote themselves to immunology... but, as I understand it, the Institute is yet do any research on ME/CFS. One can't help thinking that if Burnett was still in charge, WEHI would have been the first in, rather than the last.

    To illustrate the point by comparison, remember that Eng Tan got the Scripps Institute working on ME/CFS long ago - in the early 1990s they were publishing research findings that ME/CFS is a unique autoimmune disease.

    WEHI, where are you?
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    Allyson *****

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    Yes I agree that WEHI do fantastic work, Persimmon; for example Jason Tye-din and colleagues there have created and are trialling a vaccine for coeliac (another disease that used to be thought imaginary til they found the cause).

    I do hope they are onto us!
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    Allyson *****

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    Forgot to add - I saw Dr Jason Tye-Din via the royal melbourne hospital and he was FANTASTIC for gut issues,
    put me on and IBS trial and taught me about the low FODMAPS diet
    and also put me onto lactase tablets which are great
    so i can t recommend him highly enough.
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