CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The CFIDS Association of America today launched a new initiative to advance research in the field of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and accelerate progress in developing treatments for this illness. The research initiative is designed to build a new model for bridging the gap between CFS science and medicine, and it includes a campaign to raise one million dollars over a one-year period to fuel the program. This is the largest CFS research campaign to date in the United States.
"This new program represents a visionary approach to CFS research that has applications for many fields of science," says Dr. Suzanne Vernon, who will lead the program as the CFIDS Association's new scientific director. "There has been tremendous progress made by CFS researchers around the world in the last decade, and we now understand an enormous amount about the pathophysiology of CFS, and about the body systems that are broken or altered by this disease. But what is lacking is a mechanism for sharing this progress and information not only among investigators spread out across the globe who are working in disparate fields, but among health care professionals and patients."
Vernon, who has 17 years of experience as a microbiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and who led the Molecular Epidemiology Program in the CDC's CFS research group from 1997 to 2007, says this mechanism isn't all that's been missing in the world of CFS science. A whole network is needed.