September 28, 2017

Jackson Lab to lead chronic fatigue research with $10.5M grant

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An exterior view of the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine at the UConn Health campus.

Jackson Laboratory has won a five-year, $10.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to coordinate research on the diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome with other researchers at UConn and in Utah and North Carolina.

Chronic fatigue syndrome, a debilitating chronic illness also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, is marked by profound fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, sleep abnormalities and pain, which may vary widely in severity. As many as 2.5 million Americans suffer from the disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Jackson Lab Professor and immunologist Derya Unutmaz said he will be leading research to develop "reliable biomarkers" needed to diagnose the disease.

Under the grant, Unutmaz will collaborate researchers at the Bateman Horne Center of Salt Lake City, Utah; Dr. Xudong Yao of the department of chemistry at UConn; and Dr. Alison Motsinger-Reif of the statistics department at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. The San Francisco-based company is involved in clinical tracking of the broader patient community.

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