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Research Studies

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), as well as other fatigue related illnesses are poorly understood.  Individuals can have severe, long-lasting fatigue, which cannot be properly explained through extensive diagnostic procedures. Our research partnership with the CDC, Miami VA, NIH, other universities and Private Institutions furthers the understanding in the medical community as to how these illnesses affect their patients and could be used to develop a better understanding for improved health care. 

While there is no direct benefit from participating in some of the below research studies, your participation will be contributing to the knowledge and understanding of these illnesses.  With your help, people with ME/CFS or other fatiguing illnesses may be better treated in the future. We thank you in advance for your participation and continued support.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The INIM is conducting research on behalf of the CDC to better understand the nature of Myalgic Encephaloymyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) with the ultimate goal of improving quality of care available to ME/CFS patients. These studies are being conducted at the INIM's Kendall and Davie locations.

  • Pediatric Study:

We are currently enrolling ME/CFS and Post-Infective Fatigue patients between the ages of 10 and 17 years old to better understand this illness in children and adolescents. Parental consent is required and participants will be compensated for their time.

For more information, please contact Precious Leaks-Gutierrez at 305.275.5450 or email INIMresearch@nova.edu with the subject "Pediatric Study"

  • Stage 2 Follow-up Study:

If you completed the Stage 1 CDC study, are receiving your follow up visits and not pregnant, you may be eligible for the follow-up study! 

For more information, please contact Precious Leaks-Gutierrez at 305.275.5450 or email INIMresearch@nova.edu with the subject "CDC Stage 2 CFS Study"

  • Illness Comparison Group:

We are currently enrolling patients diagnosed with Fibromyalgia who are between the ages of 18 and 70 years old and NOT diagnosed with ME/CFS, HIV or Dementia.

For more information, please contact Precious Leaks-Gutierrez at 305.275.5450 or email INIMresearch@nova.edu with the subject "CDC Illness Comparison Group"

  • Homebound Study:

We are currently enrolling patients diagnosed with ME/CFS or Post-Infective Fatigue (PIF) that are unable to leave their homes for office visits without severe consequences. Eligible particpants must be between the ages of 18 and 70 years of aged and diagnosed with their illness prior to age 62.

For more information, please contact Precious Leaks-Gutierrez at 305.275.5450 or email INIMresearch@nova.edu with the subject "Homebound Study"

  • Incident Group

We are currently enrolling patients diagnosed with ME/CFS or PIF who are between the ages of 18 and 70, diagnosed prior to age 62 and who have had the onset of their illness within the past 2 years.

For more information, please contact Precious Leaks-Gutierrez at 305.275.5450 or email INIMresearch@nova.edu with the subject "Incident Group"

  • Cognition and Exercise

Did you complete Stage 1 of the CDC ME/CFS study and are between the ages of 18 and 70? If so, we need you for our Cognition and Exercise Study! 

For more information, please contact Precious Leaks-Gutierrez at 305.275.5450 or email INIMresearch@nova.edu with the subject "Cognition and Exercise"

  • Follow up Studies:

If you completed the Baseline and Follow-up studies for the following groups, we need your continued participation to collect necessary follow up data for our research. Some of our CDC studies continue through Stage 4 and require your continued participation to be successful!

    • CFS/ME Stage 1 and 2 Studies
    • Healthy Control Stage 2
    • Fibromyalgia Study
    • Pediatric Study

For more information, please contact Precious Leaks-Gutierrez at 305.275.5450 or email INIMresearch@nova.edu with the subject "Follow up Studies"

  • Healthy Controls:

We are currently enrolling health control subjects NOT diagnosed with ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia, or PIF. Eligible participants cannot be living with someone diagnosed with ME/CFS and must be between the ages of 18 and 70.

For more information, please contact Precious Leaks-Gutierrez at 305.275.5450 or email INIMresearch@nova.edu with subject "CDC Healthy Control"

Miami VA Studies

The INIM is conducting research at the Miami VA on behalf of the NIH, Miami VA and Department of Defense to better understand Gulf War Illness and ME/CFS in both men and women. Eligible participants for the studies below will be compensated for their time, travel and receive a complete and complementary immune check up.

  • Female Gulf War Veterans

We are currently enrolling female Gulf War Veterans between the ages of 34 and 65. 

For more information, please contact Fanny Collado at 305.575.7000 ext. 6706

  • Women with ME/CFS

We are currently enrolling women with ME/CFS who are between the ages of 18 and 65 and have presented fatigue syndromes for more than 6 months. 

For more information, please contact Fanny Collado at 305.575.7000 ext. 6706

  • Men with ME/CFS

We are currently enrolling men with ME/CFS who are between the ages of 18 and 65 and have had the illness for at least 6 months.

For more information, please contact Fanny Collado at 305.575.7000 ext. 6706

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