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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

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. (199903)

I have been asked to reply.

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that Government funding for biomedical research on ME/CFS is equal to Government funding for psychological research on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. (199904)

I have been asked to reply.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is committed to funding scientific research into all aspects of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) including evaluations of other treatments and studies into the biological and psychological basis of the condition. The amount provided by the MRC to each type of research depends on the quality and number of proposals received.