David Tuller

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David M. Tuller, DrPh, is a Senior Fellow in Public Health in Journalism at the Center of Global Public Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, California.[1] Previously to this appointment in July 2017, he was of academic coordinator of the University of California, Berkeley's joint masters program in public health and journalism. He's worked as a reporter and editor for ten years at the San Francisco Chronicle, served as health editor at Salon.com and frequently writes about health for The New York Times.[2]

He's an experienced public health activist with a background as an ACT UP/NY activist which included an arrest at the Wall Street demonstration in 1987.[3]

David Tuller covered the PACE trial results for The New York Times as health editor in February 2011. [4] However he became concerned about the trial and wrote a further article regarding case definitions which resulted in an immediate response from the PACE trial authors which resulted in him investigating the trial and its authors further after contact with others in the patient community. [5] [6]

Tuller is sympathetic toward the cause of the myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) patient community. In an article in 2015 he wrote:

"In the course of my reporting, I’d realized that the disease was both devastating and widely misunderstood. People were really, really sick—some were homebound for months and years at a stretch. Yet their condition had been saddled with one of the most condescending names ever given a major illness."[7]

In the spring of 2017, Tuller successfully raised money through Crowdrise, an online fundraising platform,[8] in order to continue investigating and blogging about the PACE trial and and others issues related to ME/CFS. The funds raised went to the Center for Scientific Integrity who transferred them to the School of Public Health at University of California, Berkeley, which in turn created a position for Tuller to continue his investigative work.[9][10]

In 2018, Tuller is renewing his crowdfunding campaign in order to continue his work on writing and speaking to raise awareness about ME/CFS and the error-ridden PACE trial.

Education[edit | edit source]

  • Doctor of Public Health
  • 2005, Masters in Public Health from University of California, Berkeley[11]

Awards[edit | edit source]

  • 2016, IACFS/ME Special Service Award - for outstanding personal effort and contribution to the CFS/ME community
  • 2016, Tymes Trust Award for Scientific Journalism[12]

Talks and interviews[edit | edit source]

  • Apr 15, 2018 - ME/CFS – Debunking Medical Myths, A Conversation between Sue Gilbey, Dr David Tuller, Penelope McMillan & Tania Emms, highlighting the challenges of living with ME/CFS on Radio Adelaide

Writings about ME/CFS[edit | edit source]

Trial By Error on Virology Blog


(Older blog entries can be found on the Trial By Error page.)

The New York Times

Other print media

In June 2017 after writing dozens of articles and organising open letters on the PACE trial, David Tuller sought crowdfunding help from the patient community to continue his work on investigating the PACE trial. MEAction had an exclusive interview about his crowdfunding effort [16]. He raised it on Crowdrise Virology Blog's Trial By Error: Reporting on PACE, ME/CFS and Related Issues (2017 and succeeded and actually exceeded his goal within four weeks.

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