Its good news but 2 years to get an answer is a bloody long time to wait.
THE RELATIONSHIP OF XMRV TO FUNCTIONAL STATUS AND CO-INFECTIONS IN CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (Maureen Hanson, Cornell)
This is indeed solid cause for optimism. The NIH is coming out swinging by funding this one....
Other viruses, microbes, and parasites that may be associated with XMRV will also be detected with the use of a panmicrobial DNA microarray.
The DHHS realizes that all the information from the CDC is pretty much worthless so they are starting from scratch.
"This project will be undertaken in collaboration with the Whittemore-Peterson Institute in Reno, Nevada and the Columbia University Center for Infection and Immunity as well as with several physicians treating CFS patients."
I live in the UK and so I don't have a great deal of insight into the roles of these US government organisations...
So please could anyone explain how the roles of the CDC and the NIH differ, and what areas of health each of them have responsibility for, and authority over? Also, am I right in thinking that both the CDC and NIH are supervised/controlled by the DHHS?
Thank you for any info.
And on the Cornell Uni site they are advertising for people to work on the project and advert says
"This project will be undertaken in collaboration with the Whittemore-Peterson Institute in Reno, Nevada and the Columbia University Center for Infection and Immunity as well as with several physicians treating CFS patients. "
Oh dear I realise now I'm a goldfish.
See TGOP post #21 where he/she points out that there was a thread in June about this project (and who Maureen Hanson is and the advertising for people ).
Doubtless I read it and have completely forgotten everything I read.
Well,looking at it positively, a chance to be encouraged and excited all over again.
Now, in response to Shrewsbury's post, here is the link where I found the Job advert
Looking at it more carefully I notice its old 17/12/09; and its not on the Cornell site - its the DIAGNOSE SUPPORT advocacy site which I've never checked out before.
Sorry, sorry, sorry
Dear, I live in the US and I don't really understand it either, so you have some company. In fact, I'm not convinced that these government organizations always understand their own roles in things either. I'm sure there are many others on this forum who have a working knowledge of this hierarchy and I'm sure they will enlighten us at some point. As far as I know, yes, the DHHS oversees both the NIH and the CDC. The DHHS is basically the top tier of the cake under the Secretary of Health more or less, which if I'm not mistaken is a 'cabinet' position and answers directly to the president. The NIH in my simple mind seems more generalized, while the CDC is more specialized, but that is not always the case in practical reality. I perceive the NIH to be a little higher than the CDC but that might be because I respect them more today than in the past and certainly more than the CDC. The CDC however, is perceived by most physicians to be the official source of information on all things disease-related. If you quote some statistic from the CDC to your physician, his/her little ears perk up. This, I have found, doesn't happen to the same degree when you quote something from the NIH for some inexplicable reason. I think the CDC has better public relations perhaps. When we watch sci-fi movies about apocalyptic viral outbreaks and such we always see the CDC involved, never the NIH. They are generally perceived by the majority of the American public as scientific geniuses, knowing all there is to know about every disease, while the NIH is more or less perceived as more bureaucratic, vaguely involved in general health issues. Again this does not necessarily represent reality, merely public perception.
I am just amazed that the NIH was able to come up with such a great study. They surely must have been collaborating with the right people (such as the WPI). They have all the right objectives and much of the study focus is right on......Post Exertional Relapses, and the possible xmrv connection to this "phenomenon". Finally.....Real progress from our government health agency!!
Since this study began in June, and was approved some time before that, it changes my perspective that the DHHS was oblivious of the ME/CFS epidemic and XMRV until the Alter/CDC fiasco.