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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Special Emphasis Panel [ME/CFS SEP]

The Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome recurrent Special Emphasis Panel [ME/CFS SEP] reviews applications in the multiple disciplines applied to studies of the potential causes, diagnosis, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, epidemiology, and treatments of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Of note, the members of this recurring SEP are recruited ad hoc each round based on expertise needed for the topic areas of the applications received.



  • Etiology and Pathogenesis
  • Clinical Profile and Categorization
  • Development of Diagnostic Criteria, Methods, and Biomarkers
  • Ameliorative and Therapeutic Interventions
  • Disciplines involved/evaluated, include aspects of Alternative Medicine, Behavioral Sciences, Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences, Epidemiology, Epigenetics/Genetics/Genomics, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Medicinal Chemistry, Microbiology, Neurology, Occupational Therapy, Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacology, Physical Therapy, Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychopharmacology, and Virology

Shared Interests and Overlaps

​ME/CFS has the following shared interests outside the IFCN IRG:

Since the study of ME/CFS involves multiple medical disciplines and approaches (including alternative medicine and non-traditional approaches) the applications reviewed by this group range over the wide array of disciplines listed above, and individually are frequently multidisciplinary. Since there is the potential for overlap with many other study sections, the principal determining factor for referral to this panel should be the major emphasis of the application being the study of ME/CFS.