Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH)
About the Trans-NIH Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research Working Group
Established in 1999, the Trans-NIH Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Research Working Group includes representatives from NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices within the Office of the Director, who serve as resources for ME/CFS biomedical and behavioral research. Working as a team with leadership from ORWH, the Trans-NIH ME/CFS Research Working Group identifies shared areas of interest and challenges to advancing ME/CFS research. An individual from the ORWH chairs the Research Working Group and serves as the ex officio representative to the Department of Health and Human Services Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC).
The Trans-NIH ME/CFS Research Working Group does not have grant-making authority and does not make research project awards. It advances ME/CFS research by providing NIH Centers, and Offices with evidence-based rationale for supporting ME/CFS research and for attracting investigators to study this complex illness.
The Trans-NIH ME/CFS Research Working Group also works to leverage resources available for ME/CFS research, such as personnel, equipment, methodology, supplies, and collaborative expert networks. By working as a team, the working group considers many ways to support ME/CFS projects that may not otherwise be identified.
Trans-NIH ME/CFS Research Working Group Goals
- Advance research on the etiology, prevention, diagnosis, pathophysiology and treatment of ME/CFS
- Encourage biomedical research investigators and organizations to study ME/CFS
- Communicate ME/CFS research information among and between NIH ICs and the Office of the Director