I am currently a Visiting Researcher studying severe, house-bound patients diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). I was the first fully funded PhD student supported by Invest in ME Research UK to undertake ME/CFS research in Norwich.
I have recently completed my PhD thesis investigating the role for a leaky gut and intestinal microbiota in severe ME patients, compared to their relatives living in the same house-hold.
A highlight which marked the conclusion of my PhD was presenting my work on the metabolome of severely affected house-bound ME/CFS patients at the “Accelerating Research on ME/CFS – a workshop for Young /Early Career Investigators” held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Centre in Washington DC, on April 3-5 2019. I received travel awards from the NIH and Solve ME/CFS Initiative (SMCI) to participate in this meeting.
I am currently working with Invest in ME Research to help coordinate the “Thinking the Future” network of young/early career researchers, designed to encourage new faces and ideas to the field of biomedical research into ME as well as international collaboration and a forum for young and early career researchers to organise workshops and support for one another.
Carding S., Verbeke K., Vipond DT., Corfe BM. & Owen LJ. (2015) Dysbiosis of the gut microbiome in disease. Microb Ecol Health Dis. doi: 10.3402/mehd.v26.26191