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Suzanne D. Vernon, PhD.

Noted ME/CFS Researcher  |  BHC Research Liaison

Suzanne D. Vernon has her master’s degree in Microbiology from Colorado State University and her doctorate degree in Virology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has co-authored 100 scientific papers and dedicated the past 20 years of her professional research career on identifying biomarkers and causes of ME/CFS.

Her career is highlighted by a number of “firsts”. As a team lead member of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s CFS research group, Vernon conceived and organized a BIG DATA computational challenge. She recruited an eclectic team of molecular biologists and computational biologists to merge data collected in laboratory, clinical and epidemiology studies with the goal of identifying biomarkers to objectively define ME/CFS. Suzanne “built” the Research Institute Without Walls (RIWW), the first nonprofit patient-centered research initiative focused on identifying diagnostic biomarkers and disease-modifying treatment for ME/CFS. The RIWW attracted some of the brightest investigators from the best institutions into ME/CFS research.

Suzanne brings several of her connections and collaborations with her to the Bateman Horne Center where she is building a research program focused on identifying biomarkers, developing diagnostic tests, and uncovering evidence-based treatments for ME/CFS.

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"My journey into scientifically and medically unexplained diseases began in Colorado.  When I was a 20-year-old undergraduate student I landed a work-study job at the CDC Vector Borne Diseases Branch in Fort Collins. Incredibly, I was working with some of the top disease detectives in the world. It was there I learned how powerful molecular technologies could be used to track and diagnose many unexplained public health maladies.  I was hooked and knew I wanted to use my microbiology and virology training to help people.

I have been doggedly chasing down answers for ME/CFS for the vast majority of my career. Deeply impacted by the patients I have met along the way, I have dedicated much of my life to harnessing the scientific know-how and cutting edge technology to diagnosis and treat ME/CFS… To bring something tangible to the hope of so many.

Cindy and SuzanneleI am honored and humbled to be working with Dr. Lucinda Bateman, her incredible staff, and dedicated volunteer Board of Directors.  Together with scores of empowered patients we are partnering with top scientists and innovators to advance research and improve clinical care."

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See a list of papers Dr. Vernon has written and co-authored HERE