The Chronic Fatigue Initiative (CFI) announced today is an exciting development in the field of CFS research, where so many promising avenues remain unexplored. The CFIDS Association congratulates the Hutchins Family Foundation and Scott Carlson on the engagement of top institutions and leading experts to help solve CFS. We thank the Hutchins Family Foundation for the infusion of $10 million to speed answers.
“In a field where there are not just gaps, but huge chasms to fill, we are thrilled about the enormous boost in scientific capital the CFI provides to the study of CFS,” said Kim McCleary, CFIDS Association CEO. “There are few diseases of the magnitude of CFS that have such sparse resources dedicated to them. Our missions are solidly aligned and we are pursuing highly complementary approaches to transforming research that will improve patients’ lives.”
The CFIDS Association is focused on objective diagnostics and improved treatment. Our most recent Request for Applications generated 36 letters of intent this spring; full proposals invited from 27 investigators in six countries are due on Sept. 30. New awards will be announced in early 2012 after a thorough review of scientific and strategic merit. The CFI will focus first on pathogen discovery and epidemiology, funding projects at Columbia University and the Harvard School of Public Health.
Early in the CFI’s discovery process, the Association helped CFI leaders understand the CFS landscape, identify key players and assemble the infrastructure needed to launch the Initiative. Russell Bromley, principal of TRAC Consulting and former chief operating officer of the Myelin Repair Foundation, advised CFI during the planning stages. He is now a member of the Association’s Scientific Advisory Board. Two other members of the Association’s Scientific Advisory Board, Nancy G. Klimas, MD, and Lucinda Bateman, MD, will recruit study subjects for CFI.
“In order for CFS to be widely understood, diagnosable, curable and preventable, we have put research first to build a critical mass of researchers dedicated to unlocking its mysteries. Today’s announcement is welcome news to all of us working to end the suffering caused by CFS,” said Suzanne D. Vernon, PhD, the Association’s Scientific Director.
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