Tuesday, May 31, 2011

CDMRP awards funding for research on XMRV in Gulf War Illness


The following twelve proposals were recommended for full funding by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) integration panel in December. They were publicly announced at last week’s Research Advisory Committee (RAC-GWVI) meetings in Washington, DC.

While these twelve represent among the best of those proposed, our panel had a very challenging time selecting from among the many excellent proposals submitted.
Simply put, the panel could have funded quite a few additional and important treatment-focused studies had there been more funding available.

Future funding for the program will be especially important given that three “consortium” proposals were funded – essentially infrastructure building to enhance the collective efforts of a virtual “Who’s Who” of clinical and scientific researchers actively engaged in unlocking the keys to understanding and treating Gulf War Illness.

--Anthony Hardie

Detection of Xenotropic Murine Leukemia Virus- Related Virus (XMRV) in Gulf War Illness: Role in Pathogenesis or Biomarker? Whittemore Peterson Institute, Judy Mikovits

XMRV and GWI: Is There an Association? Yale University, Richard Sutton
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