Scientist Spotlight: Alison Motsinger-Reif, Ph.D.


In our latest “People in ME/CFS Research” spotlight, I interviewed Alison Motsinger-Reif, Ph.D., an Associate Professor in Statistics at North Carolina State University, and the Biostatistics Lead for the JAX ME/CFS CRC. Alison has an interest in computational genetics, pharmacogenetics, and epistasis, and will be combining all of the microbiome, immune profiling, and metabolome data for the ME/CFS project into an interactome, where she can figure out which variables are relevant to the disease. Read on to learn more about her background, research plans, and how she got her start in science with Derya. 

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June 20-21, 2018 CFSAC Meeting (Webinar)


On June 20th and 21st, the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) will host its first Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC) meeting of 2018. CFSAC meetings occur twice per year, and the two-day meeting is set in a webinar format, including updates from government agencies like the CDC and NIH, as well as updates from advocacy organizations Simmaron Research, MEAction, and Massachusetts CFIDS, among others. Clinicians and researchers will speak as well, and this meeting will include Dr. Lucinda Bateman of Bateman Horne Center, who will give an update on the Medical Education Work Group, and Dr. Derya Unutmaz of Jackson Labs, giving a Research Update on Adult ME/CFS.

Participants can call in to listen to the webinar and watch a livestream of the meeting, and can ask questions of the speakers. The purpose of the meeting is to cover the recent topics and news surrounding ME/CFS, and determine important next steps in finding the causes of and treatments for this disease.

Click here for the meeting agenda, and for information on calling in to participate.