May 18: The following is an XMRV Global Action Facebook repost of an update on progress from Derek Enlander, MD – a specialist in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) diagnosis & treatment, and director of New York's new Mount Sinai ME/CFS Research Center.
Update from our ME/CFS Center at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York
The research proposal that we submitted months ago was a massive comprehensive multidimensional multidiscipline project.
• We have now completed the final stages of our IRB research proposal for Post Exertion Study in ME/CFS Patients. [The Institutional Review Board proposal is the formal design or plan for a proposed research activity]. These studies are a comprehensive series of serology, virology, immunology, cardio/pulmonary physiology and gene studies before and after exercise.
• Final IRB approval should be received very soon. This will be followed by Patient Recruitment.
• We have recruited Christian Becker MD, PhD, a pulmonologist and lead exercise physiologist at Sinai to spearhead the IRB.
• We hope that [as a] result of the study we may answer some of the questions relating to the NICE/PACE GET (graded exercise therapy). We will address the question [of whether] GET is, or is not, a useful mode of treatment.
• The study will also help us understand the biology of the disease, which is still obscure.
The CDC has been in contact with us and has shown interest in the exercise study.
• They want to remain in close contact.
• They have recently modified their tests and including exercise relating to ME/CFS. Cause and effect?
It would be nice to believe that there is a positive attitude change. They have noted that The Mount Sinai ME/CFS Center is the first major medical school ME/CFS center in the nation.
- Derek Enlander, MD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Edited to add:
When asked, Dr. Enlander said that patients for this study will be recruited using the Fukuda / Canadian Concensus definitions.