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Our research

The ME|FM Society of BC has a Research Committee that works to engage in research projects in various capacities. We have partnered with other research entities to co-lead our own projects and we are patient partners on externally led projects.   For more information about our projects, or with interest to partner in research, please contact

Unmet Needs of British Columbians living with ME (Unmet Needs)

Unmet Needs is a preliminary project sponsored by the following organizations.  The project explored both clinician and patient perspectives.

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MRI project

In 2019 a collaboration between neuroscientist Dr Xiaowei Song at Surrey Memorial Hospital (BC), Dr Luis Nacul at BC Women’s and ME|FM Society of BC received a small grant to study brain functioning for patients living with ME. This research project, while slowed down by COVID-19, is still ongoing. It involved performing brain MRI and magnetic resonance spectroscopy on nearly 20 patients and 5 controls, which constitutes a pilot project. We hope this research represents the beginning of a bigger partnership.


ICanCME research network

In August 2019, a $1.4M catalyst grant from the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) funding the development of the ICanCME Research Network.  ICanCME brings together researchers and patients within its governance and working group activities. ME|FM Society of BC remains closely connected to the activities of ICanCME. 

CIHR news release, Aug 2019           

Update from CIHR, Feb 2020           


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