Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik, National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases, Griffith University.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) affects around 250,000 Australians. The condition can be crippling, with many people barely able to move, let alone go to work and earn a living. To make matters worse, the condition is notoriously difficult to diagnose, meaning that people can go for months without getting the care and attention they require.
The newly established National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases, within MBoD's IDAIR is dedicated to research on the interaction between the nervous system and the immune system. Led by Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik, the research team will continue on from previous significant findings. In a two-year study of over 300 people with the disability, Professor Marshall-Gradisnik found a strong association between the condition and a dysfunctional immune system. Her research team has already achieved extraordinary success in the immunological area in CFS/ME and expect to have further significant findings in the near future.