Suzanne D. Vernon, PhD
Suzanne D. Vernon , PhD, is the Research Liaison at Bateman Horne Center of Excellence which specializes in treatment and research for ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia and the Chief Scientific Revolutionary of The BioCollective, a collaborative that provides storage and sales of microbiome samples for research and development.
From November 2007 to May 2015, Dr. Vernon was the Scientific Director of Solve ME/CFS Initiative, formerly known as CFIDS Association of America. While there she recognized that access to well-characterized clinical populations was a barrier to engaging more scientists in ME/ CFS research. Thus, she started the Research Institute Without Walls (RIWW), "the first nonprofit patient-centered research initiative focused on identifying diagnostic biomarkers and disease-modifying treatment for ME/ CFS. The core of RIWW is the SolveCFS BioBank & Patient Registry.
From May 1990 to October 2007, Dr. Vernon worked for the US Centers for Disease Control , first on the team investigating the human papillomavirus as an opportunistic infection in HIV-infected woman, and then in 1997, she became the CFS research group team leader, under William Reeves , MD, the Director of the CDC Chronic Fatigue Research Program.Full Bio
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What causes chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)?
There is no known cause of CFS, which is also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome. Viruses have been associated with the condition, including Epstein-Barr virus, human herpes virus type 6 (HHV-6), enteroviruses and coxsackie B virus. There is evidence of immune system dysfunction, altered blood pressure regulation, endocrine abnormalities and problems with the nervous system in CFS, but it is not known if these are cause or effect. No cause has yet been definitively connected to CFS, but research is ongoing.
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