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

OMF-finanisert forskning: Røde blodceller og deres formbarhet i ME / CFS

denne #OMFScienceWednesday, presenterer vi et nytt prosjekt finanisert av OMF som evaluerer formbarheten til røde blodceller som en potensiell biomarkør for ME / CFS.

Røde blodceller er de mest vanlige cellene i blodet. Deres hovedrolle er å transportere oksygen og karbondioksid i blodet, og denne oppgaven avhenger delvis av deres evne til å endre fasong, eller “formbarhet”/elastisitet mens de beveger seg i små blodkar. Endringer i de røde blodcellenes formbarhet forbindes med inflammasjon og sykdommer som sepsis, og noen studier antyder at skader på røde blodceller forekommer I ME / CFS. Disse observasjonene har, sammen med utvikling av ny teknologi som har muliggjort å å måle formbarheten til røde blodceller, ført til at teamet til  Dr. Ron Davis’ på Stanford og deres samarbeidspartnere på San Jose State University har undersøkt formbarheten i røde blodceller i forbindelse ME / CFS.

Noen veldig tidlige data generert av dette teamet indikerer at de røde blodcellenes formbarhet er redusert hos noen pasienter med ME / CFS.

De røde blodcellene som er testet fra pasienter med ME / CFS virker så langt å bevege seg tregere og forlenge seg mindre enn i prøver fra friske kontroller. Vi finaniserer et prosjekt for å bekrefte disse funnene hos flere pasienter, og for å studere røde blodceller med flere metoder. Disse inkluderer forskjellige metoder med bruk avanserte mikroskoper for å lære mer om disse forskjellene.

Hvis disse undersøkelsene er vellykkede kan de etablere en ny biomarkør for ME / CFS som kan bidra til diagnostisering, samt bidra til å finne nye behandlingsmetoder! Stay tuned for more.

Lær om røde blodceller I denne videoen fra Khan Academy på Youtube:


OMF takker Siri T. for denne oversettelsen.

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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.


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 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.


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 six prestigious ME/CFS Collaborative Research Centers around the world. To learn more, visit www.omf.ngo.


Heather Ah San

Development and Communications Manager