Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Ron Davis, Director of our Open Medicine Foundation Scientific Advisory Board, brought together world-renowned researchers with a track record of innovation and success to take on the End ME/CFS Project. As part of this board, they are now contributing their time, experience, connections, and brilliant minds to ending  Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS) and the suffering it causes. At their first meeting in October, 2014, the board determined that finding a diagnostic biomarker by studying the severely ill patients will be the most productive first step. In May, 2015, we announced the ME/CFS Severely ill Big Data Study. We invite you to learn more about our esteemed ME/CFS Scientific Advisory Board members, which includes two Nobel laureates and five National Academy of Sciences members:

Ronald W. Davis, PhD, Director

Dr. Davis’ history of interdisciplinary work, technology development, and attacking previously unsolvable biological problems (both in genetics and traumatology) makes him the ideal scientist to lead a collaborative consortium to solve the mystery of ME / CFS. Additionally, he brings a strong passion to this cause in hopes of finding a cure for his son, who suffers from […]
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David S. Bell, MD

Dr. Bell is a widely respected clinician (now retired) who cared for ME / CFS patients in one of the well-known cluster outbreaks in the mid-1980s. Through his practice in Lyndonville, New York, he particularly gained insights into pediatric cases and the course of the disease over many years. His name appears on articles and research studies about […]
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Paul Berg, PhD

Dr. Berg is an expert on the chemical processes involved in cellular metabolism. He is noted for being one of the first scientists to show folic acid and B12 are needed for healthy energy production. He is considered one of the fathers of modern genetic engineering. He now pursues public health policy in relation to biomedical research and […]
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Jonas Bergquist, MD, PhD

Dr. Bergquist is a Full Chair Professor in Analytical Chemistry and Neurochemistry in the Department of Chemistry at Uppsala University, Sweden, Adjunct Professor in Pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and Distinguished Professor in Precision Medicine at Binzhou Medical University in Yantai, China. His group develops tools for screening and discovery of […]
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Mario R. Capecchi, PhD

Dr. Capecchi is an expert on human genetics, with a focus on the interaction of immune cells in the brain. His current research involves investigating the molecular genetic causes underlying human disorders involving the immune system and the brain. His expertise and insights in this area will be essential in understanding ME / CFS. Dr. Capechhi is […]
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Mark M. Davis, PhD

As a world-famous immunologist, Dr. Davis’ focus is to develop a broad understanding of the human immune system, particularly what a healthy immune system looks like. The immune system is clearly involved in ME / CFS, and Dr. Davis will be invaluable on the Advisory Board. Dr. Davis is a professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine and […]
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Øystein Fluge, MD, PhD

Dr. Fluge has been courageous in pursuing his observations on the effects of rituximab on ME / CFS patients when that issue was not the planned focus of his investigation. He has now completed a double-blind, well-controlled, multi-center clinical trial on the effects of Rituxamab. He has continued to follow where the data lead him into cellular […]
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Jennifer Frankovich, MD

Jennifer Frankovich, MD, is a pediatric rheumatologist in California and is an expert in systemic autoimmune and post-infectious inflammatory diseases that affect the brain and specializes in Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS)/ Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS). Dr. Frankovich is the PANS Program Director at Stanford Children’s Hospital and an Associate […]
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Maureen Hanson, PhD

Dr. Hanson has conducted groundbreaking molecular analysis of many facets of ME / CFS. She analyzes her data with sophistication and insight. It’s exciting to have such an accomplished top-notch scientist working on this disease. Dr. Hanson is the Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Cornell University. She previously was on […]
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H. Craig Heller, PhD

Dr. Heller has a wide breadth of knowledge of biology. He conducts extensive research in exercise physiology, including examining fatigue in athletes. Dr. Heller has developed an instrument that allows increased exercise without fatigue. Having someone who understands fatigue and the normal response to exercise is essential for understanding how it goes wrong in ME / CFS. […]
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Olav Mella, MD, PhD

Dr. Mella is an adjunct professor working in the ME / CFS research group at the Department of Oncology and Medical Physics at the University of Bergen, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway.
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Alain Moreau, PhD

Dr. Alain Moreau is a Full Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry (Stomatology Department), cross-appointed to the Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine Department in the Faculty of Medicine at Université de Montréal. He served as Director of Research and Chief Scientific Officer of Sainte-Justine University Hospital (2013-2016). He is currently Director of The Network for Canadian […]
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Robert K. Naviaux, MD, PhD

Dr. Naviaux is internationally known for his expertise in human genetics, inborn errors of metabolism, metabolomics, and mitochondrial diseases. He discovered the cause and created the diagnostic test for Alpers syndrome, a classical form of mitochondrial disease. He has expertise in virology and molecular and cellular biology. Dr. Naviaux also works in oceanographic ecosystems research […]
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Baldomero M. Olivera, PhD

Through his studies in neurobiology and cone snails, Dr. Olivera has been able to develop a number of pain drugs, one of which is a thousand times more effective than morphine. Dr. Olivera is an expert on conotoxins that can modulate nerve function. He believes the future of neuroscience depends on collaboration across disciplines. Dr. Olivera brings to […]
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Daniel L. Peterson, MD

Daniel L. Peterson, MD, is an internist in Incline Village, Nevada and recognized medical expert on ME / CFS. Dr. Peterson has devoted more than 25 years of his clinical career to diagnosing and caring for patients with ME / CFS and related neuroimmune disorders, as well as collaborating with researchers to better understand the illness. Dr. Peterson’s experience […]
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Michael Snyder, PhD

Michael Snyder, PhD, is a leader in the field of functional genomics and proteomics, and one of the major participants of the ENCODE project. Seminal findings from the Snyder laboratory include the discovery that much more of the human genome is transcribed and contains regulatory information than was previously appreciated, and a high diversity of […]
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Ronald G. Tompkins, MD, ScD
Chief Medical Officer – Open Medicine Foundation

Sumner M. Redstone Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School Founding Director, Center for Surgery, Innovation & Bioengineering, Massachusetts General Hospital Co-Director, The OMF-sponsored ME / CFS Collaboration at the Harvard-Affiliated Hospitals, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital Dr. Ronald Tompkins's work in the genomics, proteomics, and ultrastructural roles in inflammation and metabolism promises to discover underlying mechanisms of ME / CFS, and his leadership in multidisciplinary, multi-institutional large research projects will energize OMF’s efforts to ignite ME / CFS research across the globe.
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Wenzhong Xiao, PhD

As a world expert in computational genomics, Dr. Xiao develops bioinformatic and statistical tools for use in understanding human diseases, especially in studies of immuno-metabolic response. He focuses on integrative analysis and interpretation of multi-dimensional molecular, cellular, and clinical data of many types of patients, including those with ME / CFS. Dr. Xiao’s expertise will be essential for the […]
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