In a recent Press Release published on August 22, 2019, it was announced that the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), is investing $1.4M in ME/CFS research. The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, made the announcement together with Dr. Alain Moreau, a professor at the University of Montreal. Dr. Moreau will lead a new national network headquartered at Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Centre in Montreal, and which will be comprised of more than 20 researchers, plus patient partners and clinicians.
The network hopes to create critically needed scientific knowledge about the causes of ME/CFS, and work towards potential treatments for the disease. In addition to searching for the causes of ME/CFS, the network will also work to link cohorts of patients and researchers in Canada and the US, which will enable investigators to share samples, data, and methods, and allow them to work together to further ME/CFS research.