MEAssociation said:The ME/CFS Biobank is now open for business and ready to start supplying blood samples, along with the anonymised clinical data from well characterised people with ME/CFS (who meet Canadian and/or CDC diagnostic criteria) that accompanies the samples to researchers anywhere in the world who want to make use of blood samples for lab-based research.
Current research studies include:
An immunological study looking at natural killer cell (NKC) function in ME/CFS.
A gene expression study which is looking at whether there is a distinct pattern of upregulated and downregulated genes in ME/CFS and whether this is different to the gene expression pattern seen in MS and in the healthy controls.
Examination of the huge amount of clinical data in relation to the use and overlap of different diagnostic criteria for ME/CFS (ie Canadian, CDC, IoM), demographic status – age, sex etc; disability status – again when compared to MS; and economic cost in terms of lost income.