From the Desk of Ronald W. Davis, Ph.D.
Chair, OMF Scientific Advisory Board
Director, ME/CFS Stanford Collaborative Research
An update from Dr. Ron Davis:
Improving diagnostic tools for ME/CFS
#TripleGivingTuesday Research Update
As OMF comes closer to the end of its #TripleGivingTuesday campaign, I’m pleased to share this special Research Update for our supporters.
OMF has recently funded a project, under my direction, at University of California, Davis to improve a microfluidic diagnostic device to measure red blood cell deformability in people with ME/CFS. This effort is led by Jiandi Wan and Sitong Zhou, in collaboration with myself and my colleague, Mohsen Nemat-Gorgan of the ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center at Stanford University.
Several prior studies have implicated a role of “oxidative” stress in ME/CFS. Red blood cells (RBCs) are potent scavengers of oxidative stress and their shape changes noticeably in response to oxidative stress; this has also been observed in certain inflammatory conditions including obesity and diabetes. The shape of RBCs determines how well these cells can move through blood vessels, so it seems pertinent to determine if RBCs in ME/CFS patients are affected. This has led to the development of a microfluidic device that mimics blood flow through microcapillaries.
We are developing a recording device using electrical flow to measure RBC movement and measure differences in cell velocity. It will be inexpensive and easy to operate in different clinical settings, and in a relatively short time.
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The project undertaken by the team at UC Davis include:
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