NYMC RESEARCHER RECEIVES GRANT TO CONTINUE WORK IN CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
VALHALLA, N.Y., February 23, 2012—Marvin S. Medow, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics and of physiology, has been awarded a grant from the CFIDS Association of America, the largest and most active charitable organization dedicated to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS). The award, announced today, is part of the Association’s $2 million initiative to support research that advances diagnosis and treatment of CFS. The initiative creates a “research institute without walls” by coordinating five new grant awards, two new projects using resources from a central biobank and curation of a biomarker “hit list” to guide future research.
Dr. Medow, who is also associate director of New York Medical College’s Center for Hypotension, will continue his earlier work funded by the Association, showing that orthostatic challenge, such as prolonged upright posture, leads to problems with memory, concentration and information processing in CFS patients. After measuring brain blood flow during a head upright tilt test while testing cognitive ability, he will test three interventions to identify mechanisms to improve neurocognitive impairment.
Founded in 1998, the Center for Pediatric Hypotensive Disease studies physiological processes related to orthostatic intolerance and other transient hypotensive states in children, adolescents, and young adults, including postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS), postural hyperapnea, and vasovagal faint.