Griffith University Researchers Uncover Potential Cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Griffith University Researchers Uncover Potential Cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
A research team from Griffith University's National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED) recently conducted a study in which the results point out a potential new direction into the cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). In the study, the team, part of the new Menzies Health Institute Queensland, were able to identify important significant factors that may contribute to the pathology of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Specifically, the researchers found certain genetic changes in central receptors related to cellular and immunological function that contribute to the development of CFS/ME. "These findings have been achieved through a team effort involving researchers, patients, funding bodies, clinicians and the support of Griffith University and the Queensland Government," said chief investigators Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik and Professor Donald Staines in a recent news release. In the news release, consultant immunologist and co-researcher Professor Pete Smith noted the relevant underlying signaling processes are disturbed because of genetic changes involved in the detection and response to hazards. "These are primitive genes that are involved in many cellular signals in the brain, gut, cardiovascular and immune systems, as well as in the mediation of pain," he said in a news release. Results from this study matched with the week of the International Neuroimmune Awareness, which began last Monday, May 11th. The event took place every evening on May 11th and the 12th at the university's Gold Coast campus of The G
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