Perhaps they were waiting for the conclusion of IOM study which for the first time designated ME/CFS as a disease clearly communicating the fact that ME/CFS is not a psychiatric, psychosomatic or psychogenic disorder. Furthermore, that the patient community throughout the years were marginalized, mistreated, ignored, abused and mistreated by those medical professionals whose duty was to protect and to treat them. Powerful special interests groups from the disability, medical and health insurance industries played an important part in keeping this under wraps throughout the years through their public relations efforts at media spin.
Speculating that Lipkin’s research was delayed to piggyback off the IOM report giving credence to the report by maximizing and supporting the conclusions of the IOM by stating that the cause for ME/CFS is clearly, biological.
Hopefully, this will give impetus for the NIH to finally fund research to investigate and find the cause in this incredibly debilitating disease. PaceTrial be damned.