Brian Vastag is a journalist, previously with the United States The Washington Post, advocate, and person living with ME/CFS. When the National Institutes of Health announced in late 2015 they would be increasing funding for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), Francis Collins called a number of advocates including Brian Vastag to break the news.
In 2015 he confirmed his latest project was contributing to a new edition of The Science Writers' Handbook.
In 2012, he was a News Winner of the David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism for his article, “For Virginia’s fault zone, an event of rare magnitude,” published 23 August 2011 in The Washington Postabout an earthquake near Washington, D.C.
Talks and interviews
- 2015, "I’m disabled. Can NIH spare a few dimes?"
- 2015, "The Tragic Neglect of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" by Olga Khazan for The Atlantic
- Washington Post - Brian Vastag
- Promises To Keep: NIH Commits to Reinvigorate Effort on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- The Science Writers' Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age
- Olga Khazan (8 Oct 2015), "The Tragic Neglect of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome", The Atlantic