[QUOTE:hvs] I think that we have reason to be hopeful about the NIH (from wpinstitute.org): "September 24, 2009: WPI Awarded Prestigious NIH R01 Grant New Strategies to Decipher the Pathophysiology of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome WPI Research Director Dr. Judy Mikovits and collaborator Dr. Jonathan Kerr of St. George’s College in London were awarded this $1.6 million grant by the National Institute of Allergy And Infectious Diseases. This 5 year grant will provide critical support for the ongoing research into the causes and diagnosis of neuro-immune diseases." [/QUOTE] thought this good news from an hvs post deserved its own thread. Note that it was awarded before the Oct 8 announcement of the discovery of xmrv (but after I think it was 2 closed door meetings where they examined transmission issues). I looked up the NIH grants - in 2008 there were 48,479 awards for a total amount of 22.2 billion! Average amount about 1/2 million. Hope this is the tip of the iceberg of the funding to come to ME/CFS research. http://report.nih.gov/UploadDocs/T1...Comp and NonComp Awds by IC - 106 - R1052.xls Also, I'm not great on politics, especially american, but isn't the CDC under the NIH? Could this presage good things to come?