NEW FEDERALLY FUNDED GRANT TO BETTER CHARACTERIZE CFS: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is diagnosed based on a patient's symptoms, and different definitions for the illness exist around the world. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is researching whether a definition of CFS can be developed that suits most types of patients. To do this, patients will have a diagnostic evaluation, complete questionnaires, and answer questions about family history of illness and the effect of the illness on function, mood, and other abilities. The Pain & Fatigue Study Center at Beth Israel Medical Center will be one of four centers working on this project, headed on-site by Dr. Benjamin Natelson.
We hope to explore how well the current process for diagnosing CFS works across our nation, and patients can participate without changing their current treatment. There will no costs for participating, and a modest stipend will be given. If you are not currently a Center patient and are interested in participating in this study, please CLICK HERE to get the standard of care Health Screen Form, complete it, and send it in. Please use dark ink so that it is legible.
NEW FEDERALLY FUNDED GRANT: Recruitment and Clinical Classification Core. Dr. Natelson has been working with researchers at Cornell on a series of studies which suggest that Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) may be caused in part by a change in brain chemicals in favor of those that lead to cell damage; the process that does this is called oxidative stress. The goal of their new grant is to see if they can reverse this deficit while also improving the symptoms of CFS with an antioxidant treatment using a food-based supplement. Dr. Natelson and his research team at the Pain & Fatigue Study Center will be involved in identifying and classifying CFS patients to participate in the studies to be done at Weill-Cornell's Imaging Center. These studies will consist of brain imaging and the collection of urine and blood samples. Interested subjects will receive an entry medical evaluation at no cost and will receive a modest stipend for the time spent participating in the study. Following providing your consent, your contact information and diagnostic status will be given to the Cornell researchers who will call with further details. If you are not currently a Center patient and are interested in participating in this study, please CLICK HERE to get the standard of care Health Screen Form, complete it, and send it in. Please use dark ink so that it is legible.
If you have questions, call the Pain & Fatigue Study Center research staff at: 212-844-6665.