The Decode M.E. study is the world’s largest study into M.E. 25,000 DNA samples are being taken from people with M.E./CFS from around the UK with even more data from people being collected through questionnaires. The study has been expanded to now also include up to 5,000 DNA samples taken from those who have developed M.E./CFS after contracting the COVID-19 infection.
The Decode M.E. study is being led by Professor Chris Ponting who is part of the Medical Research Council, Human Genetics Unit based at the University of Edinburgh.
The aim of this research project is to find out if there are any genetic causes as to why people develop and become unwell with M.E. - Myalgic Encephalomyelitis also known as CFS - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Funding has been secured for this largest ever study into M.E./CFS to see whether M.E. is partly genetic in nature and, if so, this will help researchers pinpoint what causes this illness. The study will also hopefully help scientists better understand M.E./CFS and ultimately help find treatments for the disease.
There is still time to participate in this study. The closing date for participation closes at 5pm on the 15th November. Click here to participate.