In 2018 the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) formed a Working Group of the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NANDS) Council focused on how best to advance research on myalgic encephalomyelitis /chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).
The Working Group, composed of scientists, clinicians, representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and individuals with ME/CFS, is charged with:
- identifying gaps and opportunities in ME/CFS research,
- considering unique opportunities for NIH-supported ME/CFS research to attract and train a pipeline of new and young investigators, and
- identifying potential approaches to enhance ongoing research collaboration and communication between NGOs, individuals with ME/CFS, researchers, and federal agencies that support research in ME/CFS.
The NANDS Council Working Group for ME/CFS issued a Request for Information (RFI) (NOT-NS-19-045) to gather input on approaches and strategies and help inform discussions of how to advance research on ME/CFS. The RFI was open for responses from March 15th, 2019 until May 1st, 2019. Follow the links below to read responses to each area of the RFI.
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- Responses on the most compelling ME/CFS research needs(pdf, 554 KB)
- Responses on strategies for overcoming scientific challenges or barriers to progress in ME/CFS research.(pdf, 531 KB)
- Responses on potential research resources, tools, and/or materials that could help advance ME/CFS research or enable early career investigators and senior investigators new to the ME/CFS field to more easily conduct research.(pdf, 381 KB)
- Responses on relevant considerations and strategies for clinical ME/CFS research, including the development and validation of data standards and outcome measures(pdf, 327 KB)
- Respones on overcoming challenges or barriers to establishing a career in ME/CFS research for early career investigators and those new to the field(pdf, 369 KB)
- Responses on approaches to strengthen research and career training for ME/CFS investigators.(pdf, 284 KB)
- Responses on identifying related scientific areas that may be relevant to ME/CFS and strategies for establishing collaborations with experts in those areas to help advance ME/CFS research.(pdf, 372 KB)
- Responses on approaches to reduce barriers that prevent individuals with ME/CFS from participating in research. For example, these might be logistical challenges, such as difficulty traveling to a study site, or might be because of an unwillingness to undergo certain types of research protocols.(pdf, 412 KB)
- Responses on strategies for increasing ME/CFS research collaboration and communication between relevant stakeholders.(pdf, 287 KB)
- Responses on other approaches that may improve the overall field of ME/CFS research.(pdf, 350 KB)