The Positive Side of Lyme Similarities and Paradoxes in Chronic Illness A Medical Conference The Renaissance Vinoy Resort St. Petersburg, FL Saturday, January 19, 2008 Kenneth J. Friedman, Ph.D. Associate Professor Department of Pharmacology and Physiology New Jersey Medical School Newark, NJ 07103
Lyme Disease satisfies the criteria of a disease (continued):
It is a response to environmental factors (malnutrition, industrial hazards, or climate), or to a specific infective agent (worms, bacteria, or viruses), or to an inherent defect ( a genetic anomaly), or to combinations of these factors.
Search available data bases of the U.S. government (in December, 2007).
Lead Agencies for NEIDs NIH/NIEHS ( National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) MCSS DOD/VA GWS/GWI NIH/NIAMS (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) FM NIH/ORWH (Office of Research for Women’s Health) CFS NIH/NIAID/CDC (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Lyme Disease Lead Federal Agency Illness
NIH carries out its Lyme disease activities primarily at NIAID but also at other institutes: the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR).
The CDC conducts CFS Research. From the CDC website:
“ CDC has conducted a study of CFS and similar illnesses in 13 counties in Georgia. Interviewers telephoned a randomly selected sample of 17,000 households and asked the selected households a short set of questions to identify household members who may have CFS and similar illnesses.”
“ The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) CFS program for the past 12 years has focused largely on the prevalence and the causes including the search for infectious and immunological abnormalities.”
“ Although the DOD has historically provided the majority of funding for Gulf War illnesses research, DOD officials stated that their agency currently has no plans to continue funding new Gulf War illnesses research projects.”
“ The most recent interagency research subcommittee, which is under the Deployment Health Working Group (DHWG), has not met since August 2003, and as of April 2004, no additional meetings had been planned.”
“ No reassessment of these research questions has been undertaken to determine whether they remain valid, even though about 80 percent of federally funded Gulf War illnesses research projects now have been completed.”
intended to enhance the ability of scientists working the field of environmental health sciences to identify and capitalize on current and emerging opportunities that will lead to outstanding research advances to improve our understanding of the relationship between environmental exposures and both human biology and human disease.
NIEHS plans to award up to $5 million in FY 2009 to fund three grants in response to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).