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ME/CFS Biomedical Partnership: Genetics and Biomarkers is a partnership of researchers, people with ME/CFS, carers and the public. Early in 2020, the partnership will make a grant application to the Medical Research Council and the National Institute for Health Research for a very large genetic study into ME/CFS known as a genome-wide association study.

The project will be led by Prof Chris Ponting at the University of Edinburgh in partnership with the UK ME/CFS Biobank at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

The study will analyse DNA from the saliva of 20,000 ME/CFS patients to see whether ME/CFS is partly genetic and if so, what causes it. The study should help us understand the disease and find treatments.

At this stage, you can help in two ways, whether you’re a patient or a supporter:

First, everyone can sign up to say that they’d like to hear if the study gets under way so that they can help spread the word about it, and patients can indicate that they might like to take part in the study.

Second, we’d like your thoughts on how best to recruit patients. This will be a huge challenge and we need your ideas.

You can find out more about the study on our FAQs page. This is a historic opportunity for ME/CFS patients and we look forward to working with you to make it happen.