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Seeking healthy adults with a sedentary lifestyle for world-first study

3 Mar 2021

USC's Thompson Institute seeks healthy adults (25-65yrs) who spend a lot of time being sedentary (eg sitting at a desk) to take part in research into chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), a poorly understood and debilitating illness.

We invite staff, students, and the community to volunteer to participate in the study’s control group, which is vital in enabling us to see how people with ME/CFS differ from the rest of the population.

The USC study is the first study to investigate brain function in ME/CFS in terms of energy supply and chemical messengers. It is also the first significantly sized study to attempt to develop a diagnostic tool by combining brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and machine learning.

This is important for people suffering from ME/CFS because there is no known underlying disease process and no biological basis for diagnosis. Typically, diagnoses are lengthy and treatments inadequate.

Participation includes questionnaires, health checks such as blood pressure, wearing an activity monitor and chest strap, and MRI scanning. The MRI is a non-invasive and safe imaging technique with no ionizing radiation.

You will be offered a copy of your brain image for your own purpose/interest after the MRI.

Adult participants with ME/CFS, fibromyalgia, or fatigue conditions are also sought for the study.

How to register

If you would like to play a part in addressing ME/CFS, please visit Chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) study to find more details and to register.