England Receives Funding To Study ME/CFS In Children

The Clinician Scientist Fellowship & Dr Esther Crawley, Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Centre for Child and Adolescent Health at the University of Bristol has received 730,000 in research funding from the National Institute of Health Research for ground-breaking research for pediatric ME/CFS. The grant will be used to research the cause, treatment and prevention of ME/CFS in children, which is an area of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that has been under researched.

Pediatric ME/CFS is a common childhood illness that can be totally devestating for those suffering and is the most common reason for children who have long-term absences from school.

Dr Crawley, who is also Consultant Pediatrician at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS Foundation Trust, says of this research:

I want to answer the many unresolved questions about the best ways to treat and manage the patients for whom I am responsible. This research is crucial to help us to understand the risk factors and prevalence of CFS/ME in children, and to give us an improved understanding of the most effective ways to treat and prevent the development of this condition.

Dr. Crawley’s research will consist of three parts:

  • First, Dr. Crawley will investigate the cause(s) of pediatric ME/CFS. She will use information from a 1990’s study from the University of Bristol’s Children to see how many had the illness, the children’s ages, and the factors that predict CFS.
  • Secondly, Dr. Crawley will work to identify effective treatments for pediatric ME/CFS. She will examine theresults fromtreatments CFS childrenhave had from different types of services across England to understand which are most effective in providing treatment.
  • Last but not least, Dr. Crawley will develop a school-based early intervention tool to preventCFS from developing in children. Part of her plan is to develop and test an education package for those children who are missing school due to fatigue to see if CFS can be prevented. Crawley will measure the economic impact of school absences due to fatigue.

The project wil begin this month and will last for five years.

To read more about pediatric ME/CFS on Fighting Fatigue, click here.

For the pediatric case definition for ME/CFS, click here.

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