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ME taken very seriously!

Besi Besemar April 15, 2019

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Colin Barton
Colin Barton

RESEARCHERS at Sussex University are leading the way in studying ME or Chronic fatigue syndrome and Fibromyalgia by investigating the post-exertional malaise that is a key marker of the illnesses and also looking at the mechanisms of chronic pain and fatigue.

The projects are a collaboration between the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust & Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

Dozens of Sussex ME Society members have taken part in the studies that have taken volunteers through procedures including brain scans, heart rate and blood pressure measurement, upright tilt testing, questionnaires and blood tests.

Colin Barton, chairman of the Sussex ME Society said: “We are very pleased to be assisting with these important studies that should increase biomedical understanding of these potentially life ruining illnesses.”

While answering a Parliamentary question recently the Minister of Health and Social Care confirmed that research into chronic fatigue syndrome/ME is an area of strategic importance for the Medical Research Council and the only medical condition for which the MRC has a dedicated Highlight Notice.

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