DecodeME has secured funding for a very large study to analyse DNA from the saliva of people with ME/CFS to see whether the disease is partly genetic and if so, help pinpoint what causes it.
On Monday 6 July at 4pm the DecodeME Management Team is hosting a free webinar Q&A, open to all. The study should help us understand the disease and ultimately find treatments. DecodeME is the ME/CFS Biomedical Partnership, a collaboration between researchers and people with ME/CFS, carers and the public.
Join DecodeME to help create the world’s biggest study of the causes of ME/CFS. To find out more about the study you can read the latest updates, FAQs and explanation of the science.
Action for ME (AfME) -
DecodeME gets £3.2 funding for ME/CFS DNA study.
Patients, scientists and advocates are celebrating £3.2m funding for DecodeME, the largest ever ME/CFS DNA study, announced today.
As part of the ME/CFS Biomedical Partnership, Action for M.E. is thrilled that, thanks to funding awarded jointly by the Medical Research Council and National Institute for Health Research, work can begin on DecodeME, a ME/CFS DNA study that hopes to reveal the tiny differences in a person’s DNA that may affect their risk of developing ME/CFS, and the underlying causes of the condition. DecodeME will look at samples from 20,000 people with ME/CFS, in the hope that the knowledge discovered will aid development of diagnostic tests and targeted treatments.
The Medical Research Council -
The largest genetic study into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis in the UK, led by a partnership of patients and scientists, is launched.
A new study has been funded to analyse samples from 20,000 people with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also diagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS, or ME/CFS), to search for genetic differences that may indicate underlying causes or increase the risk of developing the condition. The study, ‘DecodeME’, is jointly funded by the MRC and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) with £3.2 million (£1.8 million MRC, £1.4 million NIHR) and hopes to aid development of diagnostic tests and targeted treatments.
National Institute for Health Research -
Largest genetic study into myalgic encephalomyelitis is launched.
A new study has been funded to analyse samples from 20,000 people with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) to search for genetic differences that may indicate underlying causes or increase the risk of developing the condition. The study, jointly funded by the National Institute for Health Research and the Medical Research Council with £3.2m (£1.4m NIHR, 1.8m MRC), hopes to aid development of diagnostic tests and targeted treatments.
ME Association (MEA) -
Free Leaflet: DecodeME – The Largest Ever Genetics Study!
Patients, Scientists, and Advocates Celebrate £3.2m Funding for DecodeME, the Largest Ever Genetics Study!
This is a free 2-page leaflet about an exciting new study that we hope will be shared with anyone who has ME/CFS and might be interested in taking part. Please register your interest now by visiting the DecodeME website. The study will begin in September with recruitment from March 2021. Full details about the study’s launch, with comment from all involved, are available in the press release from 23rd June 2020. Please note: Members of the ME Association will receive this free leaflet with the July issue of ME
Further AfME article -
"We can make DecodeME a success by working together."
Further MEA articles -
MRC: Largest Genetic Study into ME is Launched!
The DecodeME Genetics Study: Letters to The Times.
Patients, Scientists, and Advocates Celebrate £3.2m Funding for DecodeME, the Largest Ever ME/CFS DNA study! Includes, UK Announcements
- The Medical Research Council: The largest genetic study into myalgic encephalomyelitis in the UK, led by a partnership of patients and scientists, is launched
- The Times: Chronic fatigue syndrome: Search for genetic clues by Sean O’Neil
- The Times: Chronic fatigue syndrome: ‘It felt like I’d been in a car crash’ – Case Studies by Sean O’Neil
- The Times: Chronic fatigue syndrome: Debilitating condition that leaves opinion divided by Tom Whipple
- The Guardian: UK to launch world’s largest genetic study into chronic fatigue syndrome by Haroon Siddique
From the Independent - Chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers hope for breakthrough as they fight for recognition. DecodeME, the world’s biggest genetic research project into CFS, will examine the DNA of 20,000 people frustrated by misunderstandings of their condition.
From Australia’s Mirage News - DecodeME, largest ever DNA study into myalgic encephalomyelitis, awarded £3.2m funding. Despite its high cost to patients, the economy, the NHS and society, very little is known about the causes of ME, also diagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS, or ME/CFS), including how to treat it effectively.
From Health Rising, - DecodeME – U.K. Funds Largest ME/CFS Study Ever In Attempt to Get at Genetic Roots of the Illness. Cort Johnson points out - “Simon McGrath, in his blog “UK spends £3 million on the world’s biggest ME/CFS study“, pointed out that of the two funders of the study, the Medical Research Council (MRC) has only funded a few fairly small biomedical studies in ME/CFS before, and the National Institute of Health Research has never funded any.”
For further background, see our January blog - Biomedical Genetics Research: The ME/CFS Biomedical Partnership.