Novel Gene Variants in ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia

by | Feb 15, 2017 | Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Patient Education, Research News

Novel Gene Variants

Presented by Alan R. Light, PhD.Alan Light

In February 2017, Dr. Light began a new NIH-funded research grant, Novel Gene Variants in ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia. This is a continuation of earlier work which discovered a number of novel variants in both chromosomal and mitochondrial genes that could contribute to the symptoms found in patients. This talk will explain the background for the study and the findings that led to proposing it. It will also explain the potential significance of any findings, and explain how ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia patients, as well as controls (healthy relatives of patients), patients with frequent Migraine with Aura, and patients with depression can enroll in the project.


UPDATE 3/7/2017: The Light Team ME/CFS and FM Study on gene variants and autoimmunity is now active.
If you are already a participant in the BHC Biomarker Discovery Project, please contact Jennifer in our research department – 801.532.8311 or [email protected] – and she will help you navigate the process.
If you are NOT already enrolled in the BHC Biomarker Discovery Project and want to learn more about the Light’s study, please click HERE
Thank you so much for your support of ME/CFS and FM research!





Access Dr. Light’s earlier presentation on the topic  HERE

Access Dr. Light’s slides from this presentation HERE: Gene variants, mitochondria,  and autoimmunity in ME/CFS and FM_012617


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