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Discussion in 'Action Alerts and Advocacy' started by Hope123, Oct 1, 2012.

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  1. SpecialK82

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    It's back up now :)
  2. Dolphin

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    Fair points.
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    Go Mary!!
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    Dr. Joan Grobstein - Nice dressing down of committee
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    Susan Meier - wow, I never knew the NIH was so fantastic! Look at what they do for everyone else. Lots of info on who they are. We need to know what they are doing. We need to know how things can improve. Some of what was reported on was peripheral research - like fatigue and sleep, pain, but they did fund XMRV research (Lipkin et. al.). The intro is mostly spin.

    One important thing is they made funding to the study showing increased association of lymphoma with CFS. They also have a bunch of plans that are still unfolding or intended.

    Ongoing research is broad. Last year $6.3M, this year 18% of applications were funded. Overall targeted and non-targeted funding is at 28% and 30%. The total amount is still dismal though.

    On discussing how to improve funding, by using an autism analogy, she commented on how it improved was increasing researchers and results, step by step, and action by advocates.

    Dr Fletcher (?) commented that funding applications and processes don't really suit multi-institute research.

    An issue that is identified, again, is that there are not enough ME or CFS research applications coming in.
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    The FDA spokesperson noted that they will be presenting information on how to create more effective advocacy.
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    Yeah, it was mostly "spin."

    Dr. Bateman isn't at the meeting. If it's the dark-haired physician, it's Susan Levine. If it's the older white-haired immunologist, that's Dr. Fletcher.
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    Is Sandra Kweder from the FDA going to say something relevant to ME soon, or is this just a random history lesson?

    I get the feeling it's going to lead into "it's our duty not to give you drugs".
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    I like her but, I'm not sure what she is saying? Are we to buy shares of the FDA?
    I'm guessing it's an introduction.
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    I was fairly sure I got the name wrong, thanks. It was Dr. Fletcher ... brain fog moment. Bye, Alex
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    I put the history lesson on mute. Maybe she wants to talk away her time so there is no time left for comment. She is certainly verbose.
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    FDA, Admiral Sandra Kweder: Controversy on definitions implies heterogeneity.

    We need homegenous cohorts, defined measures of outcomes, and good biomarkers. Biomarkers must correlate with function, they don't have to be diagnostic. The more heterogenous the cohort, the larger a clinical a trial is required.

    PS My comment: If this can be done, say goodbye psychobabble.
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  14. BEG

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    Purple Dot Disease or Green Stripes, anyone?
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    The other option to large clinical trials are smaller clinical trials that ONLY look at a specific subset -- e.g. people who fit both Canadian and Fukuda, say, or only people with viral onset, etc.
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    What if you have purple dots on your green stripes? :eek:
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    Well, I guess you've mixed your cohorts.:eek:
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