CFS study: Researching the biochemistry of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be disabling for sufferers. Despite this, research into it is scarce, and biological reasons for symptoms are poorly understood.

This study will assess brain and muscle biochemistry of participants using magnetic imaging in order to better understand changes that may be related to fatigue.

The study is looking for people who have a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and who are over 18 years old. The study will involve 1 remote screening discussion and 1 in-person visit to the research site at the University of Oxford which will involve an MRI scan. You will receive £50 for participation.

Study For

Adults who have a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Sponsored By

University of Oxford




Take Part


December 30, 2022

What is expected of me? 

If you decide to take part in this study there is 1 pre-screening discussion that can happen remotely. You will then be asked to complete a questionnaire in your own time.

If included in the study, you will be asked to attend one study visit in Oxford (John Radcliffe Hospital, Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging). This visit will involve an MRI scan (up to 60 minutes) and a simple cognitive test on the computer (up to 45 minutes).

What is the benefit for me?

The study is not expected to be of direct benefit to you but it is hoped that the information obtained through the research will help improve the understanding and later the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

You will receive £50 for participation in the study visit plus reasonable travel expenses.

Who is the study for? 

Participants must:

  • Be aged 18 or over 
  • Have a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Not be pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant
  • Be willing and able to have an MRI scan (e.g. do not have a pacemaker)

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