In a very interesting interview with ProHealth.com, Prof Newton shares some insights into the UK’s ME/CFS Research Collaborative, aspects of her research, and the difficulties of obtaining funding. And ME Research UK get a mention too – as she says, “The muscle, brain and heart MRI studies have mostly been published…and to get a really good review of these studies I would suggest people have a look at the ME Research UK website. ME Research UK have been very generous to us in Newcastle and funded the initial pilot studies. It is having this pilot data which ultimately led to us being successful with the MRC grant applications”.
Thank you Julia and colleagues for your work on ME/CFS (some of their findings are summarised at the section “Scientific progression at the University of Newcastle“). Long-term rolling research programs like the one in Newcastle are rare – and hard to fund – yet they are vital if breakthroughs are ever to be made.