Thanks to the CFS Central blog for putting the news out there regarding Myra McClure’s appointment to the Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel, which approves National Institutes of Health grants for ME/CFS. I am helping to forward a patient protest letter by Patricia Carter, who has given patients permission to reprint her letter, in order to help protest against McClure’s new role. If you would like to learn more about McClure and this protest, you can visit the ME/CFS Forums.
Please copy and paste this letter into your blog or website and then forward it to your local government officials. Thanks to Patricia Carter for her time and effort in putting this together so that all of us can do our part.
Myra McClure, Ph.D. has been appointed to membership on the Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel, ZRG1 CFSH80 2/22/2011-2/23/2011 meeting. I protest this appointment for the following reasons:
1) Dr. McClure is not a United States citizen. Why should a United Kingdom resident be deciding which applicants receive research grants in the United States? In addition to questions of legality which arise from this, there are further questions of expense, since Dr. McClure’s travel expenses will, of necessity, be higher than those of a United States resident.
2) Dr. McClure has publicly stated that she has no interest in research in the area of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: “Nothing on God’s Earth could persuade me to do more research on CFS.”
Source is this article.3) Dr. McClure has publicly stated that she is biased as to the study of the XMRV retrovirus, which is an active area of research in the area of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Professor McClure was a co-author of the paper published in Plos One in January 2010 titled, “Failure to Detect the Novel Retrovirus XMRV in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” As the paper’s name suggests, this study found no evidence of XMRV or MLV in CFS patients or controls. This study can be found here.
Professor McClure has publicly stated on many occasions that there is a high possibility that the XMRV/MLV related virus findings being implicated in CFS are a consequence of contamination.
Source is this article.
I ask that Dr. McClure be removed from this committee and that a qualified retrovirologist who is a resident of the United States be appointed instead.Here is the list of email addresses kindly provided by Leela Play.
President Obama’s Science Advisor, John Holdren, at AskDrH@ostp.govFind your congress person here.Find your senator here (search in top right corner).