Author Archives: Jennie Spotila

Staying the Course to Where?

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, made a request of the ME/CFS community. During the March 8, 2016 NIH telebriefing, Dr. Collins said: So please take our commitment with great seriousness. Please also stay the course … Continue reading

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RFA Ticker, 5/2/16

The last week of April was not the lightest week for RFA’s, but it was pretty close. Three of those RFAs came from the Office or Research Infrastructure Programs in the Office of the Director. NIH has now issued over … Continue reading

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RFA Ticker, 4/25/16

NIH issued more than $42 million in new RFAs last week. My question is whether RFAs will crack $2 billion before ME/CFS finally gets its own. Total RFAs Issued by NIH: 198 (October 2015 to date) Total Dollars Committed to … Continue reading

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How I Sleep At Night

One of the great incongruities of ME/CFS is that despite our bone-crushing brain-stealing fatigue, we are frequently unable to sleep. And if we do sleep, the quality of the sleep is very poor. This quickly sets up an escalating feedback … Continue reading

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RFA Ticker, 4/18/16

It was a light week for RFAs in general, but NIH still committed almost $7 million to areas that are not ME/CFS. Total RFAs Issued by NIH: 188 (October 2015 to date) Total Dollars Committed to RFAs: $1,914,725,000 (October 2015 … Continue reading

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RFA Ticker 4/11/16

Last week, five Institutes announced interest in receiving applications for administrative supplements for existing grants to increase ME/CFS research. Obviously, it’s not the announcement we’ve been waiting for, but it is a step. Let’s take a closer look at how … Continue reading

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RFA Ticker, 4/4/16

Last week was a big one for RFA news. NIH issued revised responses to the August 2015 CFS Advisory Committee recommendations. Regarding RFAs, NIH said: “The Trans-NIH ME/CFS Working Group is in the final stages of putting together a comprehensive … Continue reading

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Epic Eye Roll

I had a shocking experience at a doctor’s office yesterday. It was my first visit to his office for an issue unrelated to ME/CFS. After breezing into the room and making a sarcastic remark about the quality of doctors’ notes … Continue reading

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RFA Ticker, 3/28/16

As I mentioned last week, these numbers apply to NIH issued RFAs only, not FDA or other agency-funded RFAs. Also, I think it might help to review some terminology. “RFA” stands for a Request for Applications. This mechanism sets money … Continue reading

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RFA Ticker, 3/21/16

I’ve reexamined the RFA data, and found a total of 12 out of 174 RFAs that are actually being funded by FDA. I’ve removed the dollar figures being set aside by FDA from the weekly and overall totals. I also … Continue reading

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