Saturday, August 31, 2013

National CFIDS Foundation Awards New Research Grant to Scientist in Ireland

National CFIDS Foundation Awards New Research Grant to Scientist in Ireland
August 30, 2013

The National CFIDS Foundation, of Needham MA, is pleased to announce the funding
of a new research project that will further contribute to the understanding of CFIDS

Dr. Ciaran Morrison, Professor of Biochemistry with the Centre for Chromosome Biology
at NUI Galway, is the grant recipient of an award for $ 152,387 from the National CFIDS
Foundation. Dr. Morrison's research focuses mainly on cellular DNA damage response and chromosome abnormalities.

According to Alan Cocchetto, Medical Director, "Dr. Morrison's research is aimed at
increasing our fundamental understanding of the molecular mechanisms that underly
chromosome damage associated with CFIDS. This research will complement and extend
the SKY analysis testing and analysis that is n earing completion by Dr. Henry Heng at Wayne
State University."

Gail Kansky, President, stated "Dr. Heng has provided us with valuable insight into the
DNA damage that was found to be present in our patient cohort. Now, we will scientifically
push to better understand the resulting chromosomal damage and the basis for it via this
grant to Dr. Morrison. No other organization, be it public or private, has ever looked at
either quantifying or identifying the true nature of the chromosomal abnormalities associated
with this disease. We feel that this will add an important piece to the CFIDS puzzle."

The National CFIDS Foundation is one of the largest CFIDS organizations in the U.S.
The Foundation has no paid employees and all donations go to support CFIDS research.
To date, the National CFIDS Foundation has awarded $ 1.75 million dollars to scientists
from around the globe to advance medical knowledge of the disease. For additional
information, please cont act the National CFIDS Foundation at 781-449-3535.

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