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Solve MECFS announces grant recipients

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Kati, Dec 7, 2016.

  1. Kati

    Kati Patient in training

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    http://solvecfs.org/2016-ramsay-award-program-results/

    Here is an exerpt from Dr Nahle:

    We are thrilled to support the work of these talented scientists from around the world through the 2016 Ramsay Award Program. This has been a competitive process, meaning that we had more applications for funding than we were able to fulfill, and so a rigorous process was used to determine those who would be funded. All five teams are committed to ME/CFS research. Importantly, they are exploring diverse promising areas including autoimmunity, natural killer (NK) cell function, mitochondrial myopathies, metabolic profiling, viral infection, bioenergetics heath index characterization, low grade inflammation, immune dysfunction, diagnostic testing, and advanced brain imaging—to name a few.

    There is more from the Solve CEO Carol Head at the link above.

    Team 1:
    Advanced Non-Invasive Analysis in ME/CFS Diagnosis and Treatment Decisions - Jarred Younger University of Alabama in Birmingham
    Link to the abstract

    Team 2:
    Metabolic Analysis of B-Cell Maturation in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    A project summary as written by Geraldine Cambridge (UK) Fane Mensah (UK) and @ChrisArmstrong (Australia)
    Link to the abstract

    Team 3
    The Bioenergetic Health Index of NK Cells as a Diagnostic Tool for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    A project summary as written by Isabel Barao-Silvestre (University of Nevada in Reno), Ruben Dagda (Reno) and Victor Usmar (Alabama)
    Link to the abstract

    Team 4
    Autoimmune Signature in CFS/ME
    A project summary as written by Carmen Scheibenbogen and Madlen Lobel (Charity University in Berlin Germany)
    Link to the abstract

    Team 5
    HHV-6 Mediated Mitochondrial Modulation and Its Association to ME/CFS
    A project summary as written by Bhupesh Prusty ( Julius Maximilian University of Wurzburg, Germany)
    LInk to the abstract
     
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  2. Kati

    Kati Patient in training

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    I think this is an exciting research program and look forward to read each of their publications-with the hope we can have discoveries, breakthroughs that can advance the field rapidly.

    Many thanks to Solve CFS, the Ramsey fund, the donors and everyone involved in making these researches possible.
     
  3. barbc56

    barbc56 Senior Member

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    Thanks @Kati

    Things seem to be going in a positive direction although baby steps.

    About time!
     
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  4. Kati

    Kati Patient in training

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    Those are seed grants. They each have better chances of getting NIH grants. It's very positive in my opinion. They represent 5 different directions of research and they all join in all at the same time.

    Also many of them have young investigators. And a new to the field investigator (#5)
     
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  5. Cheesus

    Cheesus Senior Member

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    I think our fortunes are changing with scientific investigators. People with ambition and initiative may see ME as a fresh challenge; terra nova for the intrepid scientific explorers. I can see how that would be very attractive. It is probably how we bag the likes of Lipkin.
     
  6. TiredSam

    TiredSam The wise nematode hibernates

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    Two for Germany!
     
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    Joh Inactivist

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    Yes, I was so surprised! :) Never heard of Bhupesh Prusty in Würzburg before.
     
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    Cheesus Senior Member

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    And none for the UK, which is very good news given the quality of ME research we typically produce.
     
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  9. AndyPR

    AndyPR Senior Member

    Team 2 is a joint UK/Australian project.
     
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    Cheesus Senior Member

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    My mistake!
     
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  12. Jo Best

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    The UK team is the team doing the B cell studies preliminary to the UK rituxumab trial, instigated and funded by Invest in ME Research. Chris Armstrong was at the IiMER Biomedical Research into ME Colloquium in June, along with Zaher Nahle of Solve ME/CFS. Fane Mensah is the PhD student working with Dr. Jo (Geraldine) Cambridge and tweeted from the IiMER conference events his enthusiasm for what Chris is doing. Solve ME/CFS also awarded Fane Mensah a travel grant to attend IACFS. Great collaborations building from the international conference events.
    ETA link to UK rituximab research news page, for background to the work being done by the UCL team and to add this is also facilitated by the European ME Research formed in 2015, the 'rituximab researchers' are working together, from Norway, UK, Germany, Spain, Sweden.
    http://www.ukrituximabtrial.org/IIMEUKRT News.htm
     

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  13. Horizon

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    These sound great, I am sure they are small grants but does anyone know how much these projects are getting? Will these be recognized by CDC and other agencies or they are too small and just a means to be replicated and generate interest?
     
  14. AndyPR

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    I haven't seen the value of the awards revealed anywhere but Carol Head says
    which is probably the closest I can get to answer your questions - quote from this page http://solvecfs.org/wp-content/uplo...tter-on-2016-Ramsay-Award-Program-Winners.pdf
     
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  15. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    They were planned to be $100,000 or less. I've no idea whether anyone went over the limit.
     
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    RL_sparky Senior Member

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    The Solve people are having a webinar with there Research Director, Dr. Zaher Nahle next week on the 15th. You can register here at : http://solvecfs.org/2016-webinar-series There accepting questions if you want to ask anything.
     
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  17. Mary

    Mary Senior Member

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    Several are quite young, and from all over the world - somehow this gives me more hope! :thumbsup: (wish we had an emoji for crossing my fingers!)
     
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    That's correct, Dolphin! The total grant award was $160,000.

    If you have questions about the details of the research awards, I definitely recommend you e-mail them for the webinar next week. You can e-mail edavie@solvecfs.org with your questions. Just make sure to put "webinar question" clearly so we'll get it to Dr. Nahle with the other questions.
     
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    Oh! I also forgot to mention that these grants are for one year and there is the possibility of renewal at the end of one year.
     
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    That correlation may not be accidental.

    Edit: As later pointed out, Team 2 is in fact part UK. Nice to see therefore that the UK was not excluded. And of course that so many good projects are being funded.
     
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