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Volunteer research participants needed: Chronic fatigue syndrome study

10 Aug 2022

Do you lead an inactive lifestyle but are otherwise healthy? The Thompson Institute is seeking volunteers for research into how healthy people differ from those with chronic fatigue syndrome so we can find better treatments for suffers.

The USC study is the first 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 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.

What's involved?

Participation includes questionnaires, health checks such as blood pressure, wearing an activity monitor and chest strap, and MRI scanning.

What's in it for you?

Each participant will receive $50 as reimbursement for travel costs per visit to the Thompson Institute for data collection purposes. Participants will also receive an image of their brain.


The study might be a good fit for you if you are 18–65 years old and a healthy adult with an inactive lifestyle.

(Note: 'inactive lifestyle' means not participating in intensive physical activity ie more than 60-80 minutes per week of vigorous activities such as running, gym, swimming, etc. Walking is not considered vigorous activity unless it is push walking).

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

Find out more and register your interest

Learn more about the study and register your interest in being a volunteer research participant for our ME/CFS study.