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Funding News - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) encourages applications for research on chronic fatigue syndrome.  This announcement is made together with 11 other components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is supported by 3 funding mechanisms:  R01, R03, and R21.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating and complex syndrome that involves multiple body systems. It is characterized by profound fatigue that is not improved by bed rest and may be exacerbated or re-kindled by physical or mental activity. Other symptoms associated with CFS include cognitive deficits, impaired sleep, myalgia, arthralgia, headache, gastrointestinal symptoms, and tender lymph nodes.  Innovative studies are needed to provide a better understanding of CFS and its prevalence, pathogenesis, and pathophysiology, with the goal of developing improved diagnostic and intervention strategies.

For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Linda Porter, Program Director, Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience Cluster, NINDS; telephone:  301-496-9964; e-mail:  For a more detailed description of this announcement, visit (R03), (R21), or (R01).