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Please Support Dr. Naviaux's Research

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by RL_sparky, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. RL_sparky

    RL_sparky Senior Member

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    I wanted to give this it's own thread. Recently it was brought to our attention that Dr. Naviaux's lab is running out of money. He wants it known that he needs financial support or his lab will shutter if it does not receive funding. Currently Dr. Naviaux is spending 90% of his time looking for money for his lab and this is taking away from valuable time he could be doing research.

    Dr. Naviaux feels he HAS cracked the code here. He feels that anti-purinergic therapy is a CURE

    Some had asked about doing a crowd funding campaign. This is what Dr. Naviaux had to say about that:

    Thank you for your support. Anyone can “crowd source” their support for our lab at: http://naviauxlab.ucsd.edu/support/
    All they need to do is pull out their credit card and make a donation to any of three different projects.
    There are strict rules about using commercial crowd-sourcing software at the university. These rules are only recently being expanded to permit some types of software, but not others. It turns out to be more of a regulated space than you might imagine; easy for non-academics, but harder for professors working at the university.



    Please consider donating to Dr. Naviaux's research at the following link:

    http://naviauxlab.ucsd.edu/support/
     
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  2. Cort

    Cort Phoenix Rising Founder

    What most people don't know about Dr. Naviaux is that he is funded almost entirely by private donations. Perhaps, not surprisingly, given it's inherent conservatism it's been been hard if not impossible to get NIH grants.

    I was able to sit in during the working group sessions at Stanford. All I can say about Naviaux is that he's incredible sharp, he appears to have a photographic memory and he was a real leader in those sessions. A very impressive guy....
     
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  3. perrier

    perrier Senior Member

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    Have you any further insights about the potential of Suramin, from these sessions. ( I mean aside from the public statement in the interview)
     
  4. Cort

    Cort Phoenix Rising Founder

    No, just what I know from the study he did and the remarks from the parents in the autism study. Parent after parent came forward and described some real progress. The kids certainly weren't well but they did make progress both on cognitive tests and anecdotally which is apparently rare...

    He would like to try Suramin in ME/CFS. It's not a perfect drug but it may be turning off the cell danger response Naviaux believes is present. It would be horrible if the powers that be didn't allow Naviaux to continue his work. He's very impressive.

    https://health.ucsd.edu/news/topics/Suramin-Autism/Pages/Parent-Statements.aspx
     
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  5. NelliePledge

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    i think what works really well on the IIME approach is that there is project by project information on how much is needed, what for and how much has been raised so far. They are working closely with university scientists. Are there ME charities in the US that could support him on fundraising using the IIME model?
     
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  6. RL_sparky

    RL_sparky Senior Member

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    I don't think the IIME approach will work in Dr. Naviaux's situation. He needs roughly $70,000 a month just to keep his doors open with a skeleton crew. In regards to the total cost of Suramin drug development, from Phase 1-3 he would need between $20-$30 million. This type of money is beyond what the patient community can raise. That said he needs donations to keep the doors open while he keeps searching for additional funding sources.
     
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  7. NelliePledge

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    Yes but he already broke it down into chunks and the initial stages were 400k & 800k I believe. Which seem feasible using the IIME approach and Unrest raised over 100k in a couple of weeks.
     
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    Yes if presented in the right at least a substantial chunk of the funds needed could be raised
     
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  9. RL_sparky

    RL_sparky Senior Member

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    However it comes about he needs the money soon. Maybe one of the organizations will take the lead. Personally I donated and have asked others to also. But you make good points!
     
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    RL_sparky Senior Member

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    @NelliePledge , @Jo Best

    Being U.S. based I'm not fully versed in IIME. I love the conference they put on but beyond that I really need your help. It seems as IIME is the only real group doing anything good in the UK? So being the only game in town and having a corrupt government that mistreats the patients helps drive donations?

    I'm trying to square the success with IIME's fundraising with say the group of dedicated and highly motivated patients here in the U.S. who tried to raise awareness in raising donations for work Dr. Ian Lipkin is doing for us at Columbia.

    What makes IIME successful in raising money beyond doing "project by project information on how much is needed, what for and how much has been raised so far".

    Just curious if there is anything I'm missing that might help me better understand.

    Thanks
     
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    Hi @RL_sparky, IIME started their annual conference in 2006, but I think UK patients started the trend for crowdfunding specific research projects when IIME had announced their proposal to establish a Centre of Excellence for ME (2010) and had outlined the foundation study for the proposed translational biomedical research programme (2011) and crowdfunding followed in other countries, such as for the Norwegian rituximab trial and OMF and Microbe Discovery Project, and the U.S. based organisations have raised much more money-wise - millions of dollars in a shorter time frame compared with £720,000 raised for the IIME research over about six years, so I think there are good models already to follow in U.S. Dr. Naviaux is on the OMF Scientific Advisory Board.
     
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  12. RL_sparky

    RL_sparky Senior Member

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    Hi Jo, Thank you for your response. My health is taking a turn for the worse at the moment so I appreciate your response but I'm going to bow out of the conversation till I feel better.
     
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    Jo Best Senior Member

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    You're welcome and hope you feel better soon, no need to reply.

    Update from UK today just for ref. http://www.investinme.org/ce-news-1709-04.shtml
     
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