Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research

Health written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will establish an independent scientific committee to oversee research into myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome.

Photo of Ian Pearson Ian Pearson Minister of State (Science and Innovation), Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

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There are currently no plans to establish an independent scientific committee to oversee research into myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). However, the Medical Research Council (MRC) is planning to set up a panel of experts from different disciplines to look more closely at the area. The panel will come from varied fields including neuroscience, immunology, toxicology and imaging, and will involve interested parties and focus on the subtypes and causes of ME/CFS.

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