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ME Research UK is delighted to announce that we have awarded funding to Prof. Janet Taylor and colleagues at Edith Cowan University for a new project investigating spinal nerve function in ME/CFS.
Reduced muscle strength in ME/CFS may be due to problems with nerves in the spinal cord that supply muscle fibres and control movement. Prof. Taylor and her team (including Dr Chris Latella) plan to record the electrical activity of these nerves during muscle contractions, comparing people with ME/CFS and control subjects. They will also look at the action of serotonin, a chemical that carries messages between nerves.
The findings may help us better understand the muscle problems experienced by people with ME/CFS, and lead to more effective treatments.
This project is possible thanks to the financial support of the Irish ME/CFS Association, and the generosity of our supporters during the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2022.