At a recent National ME Research Collaborative conference lead researcher Dr Jessica Eccles of the Brighton and Sussex Medical School presented a summary of provisional findings and ongoing work from studies involving many members, including LGBTQ+ folk, of the Sussex ME/CFS Society that works for those affected by myalgic encephalopathy (ME) of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
Members of the research team were due to present their findings in America and Germany as well as Brighton but most of the conferences have been postponed due to the Covid crisis. The team has submitted papers to medical journals for publication. The study included the use of high-quality HCP (Human Connectome Project) MRI to investigate effects of mild inflammation on brain function in ME/CFS and fibromyalgia.
Preliminary findings suggest that dysautonomia and induced inflammation significantly impacts on pain, fatigue, and autonomic function in ME/CFS and cibromyalgia.
Marisa Amato, a PhD student at Sussex University, said: “One of the most important things I’ve taken on board is the importance of listening to patients. I have felt privileged to hear their stories. I sincerely hope the work we are doing will have a real impact on patient experience in the future, by enhancing scientific and public understanding of ME/CFS.”
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