Monday, October 31, 2011

Chronic Fatigue Initiative

Chronic Fatigue Initiative is a science-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization fostering and supporting collaboration among the world’s leading medical research, treatment and public health organizations in understanding the causes, therapies and epidemiology of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

Headquartered in New York City and funded by the Hutchins Family Foundation, CFI seeks to accelerate the medical community’s knowledge of CFS through research grants and collaborative processes across institutions.

CFI’s unique private funding strategy brings together a variety of scientific and academic partners to ensure that the best minds can collaborate and drive new solutions. Its comprehensive strategy includes funding for an epidemiology study; a well-characterized cohort recruitment; pathogenesis discovery research; and a Mechanism of Illness grant program that will fund additional research.

CFI ensures that the best minds can collaborate and drive new solutions for CFS patients.
Participating institutions include the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University, Harvard School of Public Health, Stanford Medical School, Harvard Medical School, Duke University, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Miami and University of Utah.

By simultaneously seeking the causes and treatment of CFS and leading research to understand the breadth of the affected population, CFI aims to build awareness, reduce social stigma connected to the disease, and ultimately improve patient lives in a comprehensive way.

CFI believes that as more policy makers and industry experts grasp the full scale of CFS, they will more likely respond in kind and increase efforts to promote research surrounding the disease.

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