Abhijit Chaudhuri, DM, MD, PhD (Glas), FACP(USA), FRCP(Glas), FRCP(Lon), is a Consultant Neurologist at Queen’s Hospital, Essex Centre of Neurological Sciences since 2005 and was clinical director 2010-2011. He held the posts of Honorary consultant neurologist in South Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust (2000-2005) and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Clinical Neuroscience, Glasgow University. His subspecialties are neuroimmunology and neurological infections, with a particular interest in Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Post-viral Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Dr. Chaudhuri examined spinal tissue from Sophia Mirza prior to the inquest into her death. He worked with Dominic O’Donovan, a neuropathologist at Oldchurch Hospital in Romford, UK, on Sophia’s case. He stated that the changes to her spinal cord may have resulted in symptoms of chronic fatigue. “Sophia’s case sheds light on CFS because there were changes in her dorsal ganglia – the gatekeepers to sensation in the brain – and we know that fatigue depends on sensory perception,” he says. “What we need to understand is what happens that makes fatigue more persistent, without there being an obvious systemic disturbance.”
- 2016, ME/CFS/PVFS: An Exploration of Key Clinical Issues, co-authored with Dr Charles Shepherd, updated edition. Referred to as "MEA's Purple Booklet," the book was originally published in 2001 and periodically updated to be used as a resource for health professionals.
- 2009, A gene signature for post-infectious chronic fatigue syndrome (FULL TEXT)
- 2004, Exercise lowers pain threshold in chronic fatigue syndrome
Abstract - Post-exertional muscle pain is an important reason for disability in patients who are diagnosed to have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). We compared changes in pain threshold in five CFS patients with five age and sex matched controls following graded exercise. Pain thresholds, measured in the skin web between thumb and index finger, increased in control subjects with exercise while it decreased in the CFS subjects. Increased perception of pain and/or fatigue after exercise may be indicative of a dysfunction of the central anti-nociceptive mechanism in CFS patients.
- 1997, Possible Cell Membrane Transport Defect in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
- 1997, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Disorder of Central Cholinergic Transmission
Talks and interviews
- 2007, Speaker at the 2nd Invest in ME International ME Conference on Pathology of ME/CFS DVD available
- Hooper, R. (2006, June). First official UK death from chronic fatigue syndrome. New Scientist. Retrieved from https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn9342-first-official-uk-death-from-chronic-fatigue-syndrome/
- Shepherd, Charles, Dr., and Abhijit Chaudhuri, Dr. ME/CFS/PVFS: An Exploration of the Key Clinical Issues. Gawcott, Bucks: ME Association, 2016. Print.
- Gow, J. W., Hagan, S., Herzyk, P., Cannon, C., Behan, P. O., & Chaudhuri, A. (2009). A gene signature for post-infectious chronic fatigue syndrome. BMC Medical Genomics, 2, 38. http://doi.org/10.1186/1755-8794-2-38
- Whiteside, Alan; Hansen, Stig; Chaudhuri, Abhijit (2004), "Exercise lowers pain threshold in chronic fatigue syndrome", Pain, 109 (3): 497-9, PMID 15157711, doi:10.1016/j.pain.2004.02.029
- W.S. Watson, G.T. McCreath, A. Chaudhuri & P.O. Behan. (1997). Possible Cell Membrane Transport Defect in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Vol. 3, Iss. 3, pp1-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J092v03n03_01
- A. Chaudhuri, T. Majeed, T. Dinan, and P. O. Behan. (1997). Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Disorder of Central Cholinergic Transmission. Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Vol. 3, Iss. 1, pp 3-16. http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J092v03n01_02