Saturday, January 8, 2011

Will The Li-Ka Shing Institute of Virology Score big

Two current studies are underway at the University of Alberta - one by Dr. Andrew Mason, and the other by Dr. Lorne Tyrell and Dr. Michael Houghton (Co-discoverer of Hepatitis C virus).   Dr. Mason's study is about trialling antiretrovirals, finding causation, transmission, and prevalence.  The study by Tyrell and Houghton is to show cause.  In a recent talk, Dr. Tyrell states that "I have suspected that CFS is a communicable viral disease since the Incline Village Outbreak at the beginning of my career, and I am confident that we are closing in fast, and excluding  viral pathogenesis at this point would be utter foolishness."

For those that my not know: The University of Alberta is located in Edmonton, Alberta.  Alberta boasts of a booming oilfield industry, and no shortage of revenue.  The University of Alberta has been the home of several major medical milestones, and is one of the top ranked centers worldwide for molecular biology, and genomics.

7 comments:

  1. Keeping my fingers crossed. It's about time Canadian physicians start paying attention. All of the consultants I have seen so far including a HIV center look at me like if I am an alien and turn their back to a very reputable ME CFS specialist.

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  2. Thank you for your following this story. To have ME/CFS and Fibro in Canada is to be invisible.

    Eileen Whitfield

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  3. Wow. This is great news. I'm so glad there are those that continue to fight for us! That does my heart good.

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  4. I suspected big things were going to come out of the combination of La Ka Shing funding and XMRV research at U of A with Michael Houghton.

    However, Houghton was shameful at one of the US Health and Human Services CFSAC meetings. I don't remember his exact statement(s) but he was denigrating the WPI, Judy Mikovits, and XMRV. I suspected it was professional jealousy since he previously had seemed to support XMRV research.

    Shortly thereafter, I learned of his move to Alberta and involvement with research with significant funding. No surprise.

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  5. Thanks for the good news.

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  6. I really hope the Alberta research is balanced.

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  7. Michael Houghton simply questioned the association of Judy Mikovits with VIP Diagnostics, and that it should have been disclosed as a conflict of interest.

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