Contact Principal Investigator: Professor NANCY KLIMAS
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Significance of this project resides in the magnitude and scope of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) as a growing public health concern and in the inadequacy of current acute illness research models for resolving complex disorders affecting multiple regulatory systems in the body.
This illness cuts across race, gender and socioeconomic status to affect a wide segment of society with costs to the US economy estimated at $9 billion in lost productivity and up to $24 billion dollars in health care expenditures annually.
Moreover complications and co-morbidity can be severe, including cardiovascular illness and cancer, raising the stakes even further. Research has shown that immune, endocrine and nervous systems are all affected.