Is this out? This is just the second grant this year from the NIH on XMRV and it looks like a good one. From the XMRV Buzz page
Moving at Lightning Speed NIH Funds XMRV Grant! *- Never count the NIH out with CFS. In one fell stroke the NIH doubled the number of grants its funded on XMRV this year with a grant to Rebecca Hanson at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. That's right, halfway through this year the NIH has managed to match its total of last year (2), before all the ruckus broke out.
The Bell Grant? - This is a good grant, though, that could have special implications for CFS. Dr. Hanson will be looking for XMRV in a cohort of individuals from rural New York who became ill in 1985 - it's hard to imagine that this is not Dr. Bell's pediatric cohort. It's a very nice study that will look at a number of hot topics; they'll do repeat exercise testing and look for changes in XMRV expression and protein production, pathogens, cytokines, nitric oxide, a growth factor and red blood cell changes. They'll also be looking for variants of the virus. As the author puts it: "We will investigate whether this retrovirus is both necessary and sufficient for the development of the illness, or whether additional pathogens are involved. We will determine whether the level of health and exercise intolerance in chronic fatigue syndrome is related to particular virus variants, expression of viral proteins, and/or dysfunction of the immune system." An important study, indeed!
CFS SEP sponsored - this study made it through the special panel for CFS (SEP) (a rarity) and was actually funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) - one of the big missing players in XMRV thus far. Its not a big grant as grants go - $270,000 - but it's quite and extensive project.* Its due to end May, 2012.
The WPI has yet to get a grant funded. As more grants work their way through the system we should see many more grants on XMRV and CFS from the NIAID.