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ME/CFS and related chronic complex diseases

Science Wednesday


#OMFScienceWednesday! Every Wednesday we will post on Facebook about the science that OMF is supporting: background on key areas, updates on the latest research, explanations of topics relevant to ME/CFS... be sure to like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter so you don't miss out!

OMF-funded: Magnetic Levitation Device

This #OMFScienceWednesday we introduce the magnetic levitation device research by Gozde Durmus, PhD, in collaboration with Ronald W. Davis, PhD.  This project is a part of the ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center at Stanford University funded by OMF. This device uses a ferrofluid in a glass capillary surrounded by permanent magnets. This generates a density gradient...

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OMF creates new Harvard ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center and expands Stanford Data Center

BIG NEWS on this #OMFScienceWednesday: OMF creates new Harvard ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center and expands Stanford Data Center ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center at the Harvard: We are proud to announce that OMF has funded $1.8 million for the establishment of a new ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center at the Harvard Medical School affiliated hospitals, which includes Massachusetts...

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OMF Funded Diagnostic Technology Development

On this #OMFScienceWednesday we highlight Dr. Ron Davis’s team at Stanford University’s work to develop two technologies that can be used to distinguish ME/CFS patient blood samples from healthy blood samples. Nanoneedle: 10 patients and 10 controls were tested on the nanoneedle biosensor platform. This is a nanofabricated device that measures electrical impedance from a...

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OMF Funded Severely Ill Big Data Study Update

On this #OMFScienceWednesday, we review the Severely ill Big Data Study. This study, led by Drs. Davis and Xiao, included over 1,000 tests per patient, producing, to our knowledge, the biggest dataset ever generated in a cohort of ME/CFS patients. This big data study examined the patients’ genome, gene expression, metabolomics, microbiome, cell-free DNA sequencing...

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Personalized Medicine

This week for #OMFScienceWednesday we look in our archives and re-share with you an earlier post about personalized medicine. In honor of this week’s conference at Stanford University, on this #OMFScienceWednesday we ask the question: what is personalized health? Whether you call it personalized medicine, precision health, or P4 medicine, we are talking about a current revolution...

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National DNA Day

Happy #OMFScienceWednesday, and happy National DNA Day! This year’s National DNA Day is a very special one, as it marks the 15th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project. This is a great opportunity for students, teachers, and the public to learn more about how advances in genetics and genomics have changed people’s...

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The hunt for elusive pathogens in ME/CFS

Do infections lead to lasting changes in immune or metabolic function that lead to symptoms, or is the pathogen still present?   This #OMFScienceWednesday, OMF discusses recently funded research into addressing this central question in ME/CFS. Do infections lead to lasting changes in immune or metabolic function that lead to symptoms, is the pathogen still present,...

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RBC shape, RBC deformability

Many of you have been asking questions about our red blood cell research. For this #OMFScienceWednesday, we examine the difference between RBC shape and RBC deformability, and how they relate to blood flow. RBC shape You may have seen an image of a red blood cell (RBC) in the past: it is a small, pink...

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The ‘omes’

Do you know your ‘omes’? For this #OMFScienceWednesday, we look at the ‘omes’ studied in biomedical research, and why we are funding projects to study them in ME/CFS. Genome: The genome refers to all of the DNA in a living thing.  The DNA is organized into genes that code for proteins that have specific jobs...

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OMF-funded research: red blood cell deformability in ME/CFS

On this #OMFScienceWednesday, we present a new project that we are funding that will evaluate the ‘deformability’ of red blood cells as a potential biomarker for ME/CFS. Red blood cells (RBCs) are the most common cells in the blood. Their main role is to transport oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood, and this role...

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