Driving research of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS),
Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS), Fibromyalgia and Post COVID .

OMF adds Ronald Tompkins, MD, ScD as ‘Chief Medical Officer’

In my role as Founder & CEO/President, and in partnership with our Scientific Advisory Board Director, Ronald W. Davis, PhD, I am thrilled to announce that Ronald Tompkins, MD, ScD has accepted the position of Chief Medical Officer of Open Medicine Foundation.

The role of the Chief Medical Officer will be to facilitate communication between the Collaborative Research Centers and Collaborators for OMF funded projects and drive OMF’s overall strategic plan, which includes patient care, access to treatment, new technologies, and innovative diagnostics.

We are evolving from a basic clinical research focus to include support for clinical diagnosis and identification of treatment. It has become essential to have clinical leadership within OMF to work with the clinicians and patient community. There is a long-standing need to improve the clinical care of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS) patients, and the Chief Medical Officer will work with patients and clinicians towards this mission as well.

Dr. Tompkins may already be known to you as the Co-Director of the OMF-supported ME / CFS Collaboration at the Harvard-Affiliated Hospitals, the Sumner M. Redstone Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, and Founding Director of The Center for Surgery, Innovation & Bioengineering at Massachusetts General Hospital.

In the weeks to come, we will be sharing more details about Dr. Tompkins’ vision for OMF and ME / CFS research. His leadership in multidisciplinary, multi-institutional large research projects will energize OMF’s efforts to ignite Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS) research across the globe.

Stay tuned on this exciting new venture!

Warm regards,

Linda Tannenbaum

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Averting a second pandemic:

Open Medicine Foundation leads groundbreaking international study of

Long COVID’s conversion to ME/CFS

AGOURA HILLS, CALIF.  — Open Medicine Foundation (OMF) is leading a large-scale international collaborative study investigating the potential conversion of Post-Acute Sequelae SARS-CoV-2 infection — more commonly known as Long COVID or Post-COVID Syndrome —  to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), a chronic, life-altering disease with no known cause, diagnostic test or FDA approved treatments available.

Up to 2.5 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from ME/CFS; the COVID-19 pandemic could at least double that number. An estimated 35 percent of Americans who had COVID-19 have failed to fully recover several months after infection, prompting many to call it “a potential second pandemic.”

OMF recognized a familiar health crisis emerging, one with eerie similarities to ME/CFS. This crisis presented a unique opportunity to understand how a viral infection — in this case COVID-19 — may develop into ME/CFS in some patients. The goal is to find targeted treatments for ME/CFS patients and ultimately prevent its onset in people infected with SARS-CoV-2 or other infections.

The federal government is only now investing in Post-COVID research, with no focus on its connection to ME/CFS. OMF has already engaged researchers for the largest-scale study of its kind, solely supported by private donors who have contributed over one million dollars to date. When fully funded, the five million dollar, three-year study will be conducted across the globe at OMF funded Collaborative Research Centers, led by some of the world’s top researchers and ME/CFS experts.

BACKGROUND

In a significant percentage of patients, infections preceded their development of ME/CFS.  For example, according to the CDC about one in ten infected with Epstein-Barr virus, Ross River virus, or Coxiella burnetti develop symptoms that meet the criteria for ME/CFS.

THE STUDY

The ability to follow the development of ME/CFS from a known viral infection is unprecedented to date and crucial to researchers’ understanding of the disease. The focus of this study is to find the biological differences between persons returning to good health after COVID-19 and persons who remained ill more than six months after infection and developed ME/CFS.  Understanding these alterations in key pathways can lead to groundbreaking discoveries including new biomarkers, drug targets, and prevention and treatment strategies.

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About Open Medicine Foundation

Established in 2012, Open Medicine Foundation leads the largest, concerted worldwide nonprofit effort to diagnose, treat, and prevent ME/CFS and related chronic, complex diseases such as Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Post COVID. OMF adds urgency to the search for answers by driving transformational philanthropy into global research. We have raised over $28 Million from private donors and facilitated and funded the establishment of five prestigious ME/CFS Collaborative Research Centers around the world. To learn more, visit www.omf.ngo.

CONTACT:

Heather Ah San

Development and Communications Manager

1-650-242-8669

heather@omf.ngo