Biomedical research into ME/CFS historically has been underfunded, although our research team has been very grateful for financial support from Action for ME, the ME Association, ME Research UK, and a private donor, which enabled us to launch the pioneering UK ME/CFS Biobank. We recognise that much of this funding originated from patients and their loved ones.
Building on the successes of the UK ME/CFS Biobank, we are honoured to have secured funding from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue our work, including expansion of the Biobank. Our Big Give Christmas Challenge 2014 raised over £36,000 and enabled us to open up the UK ME/CFS Biobank to collaborators and external researchers.
Significant need remains to fully fund our dedicated team members’ time, to add a timepoint to our longitudinal studies, and to enhance data collection and analysis. Fundraising will contribute to other biomedical research in the field of ME/CFS.
If you are a US tax payer, you can make a tax-deductible gift through the American Friends of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine JustGive account.
All donations directly support our group’s work, helping enhance and expand our research and ensuring project sustainability. If you are a UK Taxpayer your kind donation is Gift Aid eligible.
Donations of any amount are welcome. Your gift could cover freezer storage of one set of blood samples for five years (£5), tubes for one blood draw (£10), a set of laboratory blood tests (£50), or medical equipment for clinical measurements (£2,500).