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New project on viruses in ME/CFS

ME Research UK is delighted to announce that we have awarded funding to Dr Amy Proal and colleagues at PolyBio Research Foundation for a new project investigating evidence of viral activity in people with ME/CFS. This is the second project on viruses funded with the financial support of the Gordon Parish Charitable Trust.

Dr Proal and her team are using new computer-based technologies to search for viruses in tissue and nerve samples from people with ME/CFS. The viruses most associated with ME/CFS – especially polio-type enteroviruses and herpesviruses – can infect nerves and ‘hide’ in tissue, and may therefore not clear from the body after the initial infection.

The team plans to clarify if this viral activity contributes to the disease process in ME/CFS, and to identify which specific viral species are most involved. This may also help identify targeted treatments for the disease.

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