A possible UK post-mortem tissue bank for ME/CFS – paper in scientific journal

Work on a study which is exploring the possibility of setting up a UK post-mortem tissue bank for ME/CFS is covered in a short report in this week’s Journal of ¬†Clinical Pathology. The ME Association is co-funding the study.

The name of the study, its authors and a brief abstract appear below. The paper can be read online or by downloadable pdf by subscribers or on payment of a small fee HERE.

J Clin Pathol doi:10.1136/jcp.2010.082032
  • Short report

Exploring the feasibility of establishing a disease-specific post-mortem tissue bank in the UK: a case study in ME/CFS

  1. Eliana M Lacerda1,
  2. Luis Nacul1,
  3. Derek Pheby2,
  4. Charles Shepherd3,
  5. Peter Spencer4

+ Author Affiliations1London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, EPH/NPHIRU/CFS/ME Observatory, London, UK


  1. 2Buckinghamshire New University, Uxbridge; and CFS/ME Observatory, London, UK

  2. 3The ME Association, Gawcott, Buckinghamshire, UK

  3. 4Action for ME, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Eliana M Lacerda, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, EPH/NPHIRU/ CFS/ME Observatory, Keppel Street, London EC1E 7HT, UK; Eliana.Lacerda@lshtm.ac.uk
  • Accepted 7 September 2010
  • Published Online First 5 October 2010

Abstract

Background Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a condition, the aetiology of which remains controversial, and there is still no consensus on its nature and determination. It has rarely been studied in post-mortem examinations, despite increasing evidence of abnormalities from neuroimaging studies.

Aim To ascertain the feasibility of developing a national post-mortem ME/CFS tissue bank in the UK, to enhance studies on aetiology and pathogenesis, including cell and tissue abnormalities associated with the condition.

Methods The case study was carried out combining qualitative methods, ie, key informant interviews, focus group discussions with people with ME/CFS, and a workshop with experts in ME/CFS or in tissue banking.

Results and conclusions The study results suggest that the establishment of the post-mortem ME/CFS tissue bank is both desirable and feasible, and would be acceptable to the possible tissue donors, provided that some issues were explicitly addressed.