The CFS Research Foundation has awarded research grants totalling £2million since its inception. Today, we are no different. Over the years we have funded some very exciting research in the hope that bio-medical discoveries would pave the way towards both a diagnostic test and, from there, possible therapies which may lead us to a cure. We are always looking for ambitious scientists with new projects as well as people who would like to help those projects.
The Foundation is part of the UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative (UK CMRC) which was launched in April 2013. The UK CMRC aims to pull together exisiting and new scientists and researchers to greatly broaden the understanding and treatment of this debilitating disease by expanding the capacity and quality of research.
An interesting subject for research
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a rewarding subject for research and is officially recognised by the World Health Organisation and the Department of Health. It is an illness characterised by disabling fatigue of at least six months duration which is accompanied by various rheumatological, infectious and neuropsychiatric symptoms. The prevalence of CFS/ME in the U.K. is 0.5% and it is more common in women than in men. The diagnosis is clinical and there is at the present time no laboratory test and no specific treatment. Epidemiological studies have revealed that many CFS/ME patients give a history of an illness consistent with virus infection which precedes the development of fatigue, and CFS/ME has been shown to follow acute infection with various infectious agents. CFS/ME patients have been shown to have evidence of immune activation. A few years ago, the then Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in a report, emphasised the urgent need to elucidate its pathogenesis and to develop strategies for diagnosis and treatment. more
More information is available on our current research projects.
You can look through our funded research papers here at our research library.
Applying for a grant
If you would like to apply for a grant the details of the process are available here. We would stress that we only fund bio-medical research into CFS/ME.