Eliana Lacerda

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Eliana Mattos Lacerda MD, PhD, MSc, is a Clinical Assistant Professor and part of the CureME team at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK. She oversees the UK ME/CFS biobank, from recruitment of participants through to release of samples.[1]

She has a medical background, with training in public health and occupational health.[1]

EUROMENE[edit | edit source]

Dr. Lacerda is the Vice Chair of EUROMENE, a European Union not-for-profit research organization committed to tackling the cause and treatment for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and was a founder member of the network.[2]

ME/CFS Common Data Element (CDE) Project[edit | edit source]

Member of the Baseline/Covariate Working Group and Neurologic/Cognitive/CNS Imaging Working group of the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Common Data Element (CDE) Project sponsored by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.[3]

Notable studies[edit | edit source]

  • 2010, Exploring the feasibility of establishing a disease-specific post-mortem tissue bank in the UK: a case study in ME/CFS[4] - (Abstract)
  • 2011, A Disease Register for ME/CFS: Report of a Pilot Study[5] - (Full Text)
  • 2011, Social support needs for equity in health and social care: a thematic analysis of experiences of people with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis[6] - (Full Text)
  • 2011, Prevalence of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) in three regions of England: a repeated cross-sectional study in primary care[7] - (Full Text)
  • 2011, The functional status and well being of people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome and their carers[8] - (Full Text)
  • 2014, Considerations in establishing a post-mortem brain and tissue bank for the study of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome: A proposed protocol[9] - (Full Text)
  • 2017, How have selection bias and disease misclassification undermined the validity of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome studies?[10] - (Full Text)
  • 2017, The UK ME/CFS Biobank for biomedical research on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Multiple Sclerosis[11] - (Full text)
  • 2017, The European ME/CFS Biomarker Landscape project: an initiative of the European network EUROMENE[12] - (Full Text)
  • 2017, Editorial - Using a participatory approach to develop and implement the UK ME/CFS Biobank[13]
  • 2018, Functional Status and Well-Being in People with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Compared with People with Multiple Sclerosis and Healthy Controls[14] - (Full Text)
  • 2018, Prevalence and incidence of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome in Europe—the Euro-epiME study from the European network EUROMENE: a protocol for a systematic review[15] - (Full text)
  • 2018, The UK ME/CFS Biobank: A Disease-Specific Biobank for Advancing Clinical Research Into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome[16] - (Full text)
  • 2019, Hope, disappointment and perseverance: Reflections of people with Myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Multiple Sclerosis participating in biomedical research. A qualitative focus group study.[17]
  • 2019, Evidence of Clinical Pathology Abnormalities in People with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) from an Analytic Cross-Sectional Study[18] - (Abstract)
  • 2019, Cellular Immune Function in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)[19] - (Full text)
  • 2019, HERV-K and HERV-W transcriptional activity in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome[20] - (Full text)
  • 2019, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as a hyper-regulated immune system driven by an interplay between regulatory T cells and chronic human herpesvirus infections[21] - (Abstract)
  • 2019, A logistic regression analysis of risk factors in ME/CFS pathogenesis[22] - (Full text)
  • 2019, How Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Progresses: A Framework for Research and the Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation in ME/CFS[23] - (Full text)
  • 2020, Systematic Review of the Epidemiological Burden of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Across Europe: Current Evidence and EUROMENE Research Recommendations for Epidemiology [24] - (Full text)
  • 2021, The SARS-CoV-2 receptor angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: analysis of high-throughput epigenetic and gene expression studies[25] - (Full text)

Talks and interviews[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

Learn more[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.01.1 "Eliana Lacerda". LSHTM. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  2. "Action CA15111". COST. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  3. "Complete Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome CDE Roster". NIH. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  4. Lacerda, E.M.; Nacul, L.; Pheby, D.; Shepherd, C.; Spencer, P. (November 1, 2010). "Exploring the feasibility of establishing a disease-specific post-mortem tissue bank in the UK: a case study in ME/CFS". Journal of Clinical Pathology. 63 (11): 1032–1034. doi:10.1136/jcp.2010.082032. ISSN 0021-9746.
  5. Pheby, Derek; Lacerda, Eliana; Nacul, Luis; Drachler, Maria de Lourdes; Campion, Peter; Howe, Amanda; Poland, Fiona; Curran, Monica; Featherstone, Valerie (December 2011). "A Disease Register for ME/CFS: Report of a Pilot Study". BMC Research Notes. 4 (1). doi:10.1186/1756-0500-4-139. ISSN 1756-0500. PMC 3118997. PMID 21554673.
  6. de Carvalho Leite, JC; de L Drachler, M; Killett, A; Kale, S; Nacul, L; McArthur, M; Hong, CS; O'Driscoll, L; Pheby, D; Campion, P; Lacerda, E; Poland, F (2011), "Social support needs for equity in health and social care: a thematic analysis of experiences of people with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis", International Journal for Equity in Health, 2 (10): 46, doi:10.1186/1475-9276-10-46
  7. Nacul, Luis C; Lacerda, Eliana M; Pheby, Derek; Campion, Peter; Molokhia, Mariam; Fayyaz, Shagufta; Leite, Jose CDC; Poland, Fiona; Howe, Amanda (December 2011). "Prevalence of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) in three regions of England: a repeated cross-sectional study in primary care". BMC Medicine. 9 (1). doi:10.1186/1741-7015-9-91. ISSN 1741-7015. PMC 3170215. PMID 21794183.
  8. Nacul, LC; Lacerda, EM; Campion, P; Pheby, D; Drachler, M de L; Leite, JC; Poland, F; Howe, A; Fayyaz, S; Molokhia, M (2011), "The functional status and well being of people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome and their carers", BMC Public Health, 11 (402), doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-402
  9. Nacul, L; O'Donovan, DG; Lacerda, EM; Gveric, D; Goldring, K; Hall, A; Bowman, E; Pheby, D (2014), "Considerations in establishing a post-mortem brain and tissue bank for the study of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome: A proposed protocol", BMC Research Notes, 18 (10): 370, doi:10.1186/1756-0500-7-370
  10. Nacul, Luis; Lacerda, Eliana M.; Kingdon, Caroline C.; Curran, Hayley; Bowman, Erinna W. (March 1, 2017). "How have selection bias and disease misclassification undermined the validity of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome studies?". Journal of Health Psychology: 1359105317695803. doi:10.1177/1359105317695803. ISSN 1461-7277. PMC 5581258. PMID 28810428.
  11. Lacerda, Eliana M; Bowman, Erinna W; Cliff, Jacqueline M; Kingdon, Caroline C; King, Elizabeth C; Lee, Ji-Sook; Clark, Taane G; Dockrell, Hazel M; Riley, Eleanor M; Curran, Hayley; Nacul, Luis (February 20, 2017). "The UK ME/CFS Biobank for biomedical research on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Multiple Sclerosis". Open Journal of Bioresources. 4. doi:10.5334/ojb.28. ISSN 2056-5542. PMC 5482226. PMID 28649428.
  12. Scheibenbogen, Carmen; Freitag, Helma; Blanco, Julià; Capelli, Enrica; Lacerda, Eliana; Authier, Jerome; Meeus, Mira; Castro Marrero, Jesus; Nora-Krukle, Zaiga; Oltra, Elisa; Strand, Elin Bolle; Shikova, Evelina; Sekulic, Slobodan; Murovska, Modra (July 26, 2017). "The European ME/CFS Biomarker Landscape project: an initiative of the European network EUROMENE". Journal of Translational Medicine. 15 (1). doi:10.1186/s12967-017-1263-z. ISSN 1479-5876. PMC 5530475. PMID 28747192.
  13. Lacerda, Eliana M.; Kingdon, Caroline C.; Bowman, Erinna W.; Nacul, Luis (2017). "Using a participatory approach to develop and implement the UK ME/CFS Biobank". Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior. doi:10.1080/21641846.2018.1396021.
  14. Kingdon, Caroline C.; Bowman, Erinna W.; Curran, Hayley; Nacul, Luis; Lacerda, Eliana M. (December 1, 2018). "Functional Status and Well-Being in People with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Compared with People with Multiple Sclerosis and Healthy Controls". PharmacoEconomics - Open. 2 (4): 381–392. doi:10.1007/s41669-018-0071-6. ISSN 2509-4254. PMID 29536371.
  15. Estévez-López, Fernando; Castro-Marrero, Jesus; Wang, Xia; Bakken, Inger Johanne; Ivanovs, Andrejs; Nacul, Luis; Sepúlveda, Nuno; Strand, Elin B.; Pheby, Derek; Alegre, José; Scheibenbogen, Carmen; Shikova, Evelina; Lorusso, Lorenzo; Capelli, Enrica; Sekulic, Slobodan; Lacerda, Eliana; Murovska, Modra (September 1, 2018). "Prevalence and incidence of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome in Europe—the Euro-epiME study from the European network EUROMENE: a protocol for a systematic review". BMJ Open. 8 (9): e020817. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020817. ISSN 2044-6055. PMID 30181183.
  16. Lacerda, Eliana; Mudie, Kathleen; Butterworth, Jack D.; Kingdon, Caroline C.; O'Boyle, Shennae; Nacul, Luis (December 4, 2018). "The UK ME/CFS Biobank: A Disease-Specific Biobank for Advancing Clinical Research Into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". Frontiers in Neurology. 9. doi:10.3389/fneur.2018.01026. ISSN 1664-2295. PMID 30564186.
  17. Lacerda, Eliana M.; McDermott, Clare; Kingdon, Caroline C.; Butterworth, Jack; Cliff, Jacqueline M.; Nacul, Luis (January 10, 2019). "Hope, disappointment and perseverance: Reflections of people with Myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Multiple Sclerosis participating in biomedical research. A qualitative focus group study". Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy. doi:10.1111/hex.12857. ISSN 1369-7625. PMID 30632248.
  18. Nacul, Luis; de Barros, Barbara; Kingdon, Caroline C.; Cliff, Jacqueline M.; Clark, Taane G.; Mudie, Kathleen; Dockrell, Hazel M.; Lacerda, Eliana M. (April 10, 2019). "Evidence of Clinical Pathology Abnormalities in People with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) from an Analytic Cross-Sectional Study". Diagnostics. 9 (2): 41. doi:10.3390/diagnostics9020041. ISSN 2075-4418.
  19. Cliff, Jacqueline M.; King, Elizabeth C.; Lee, Ji-Sook; Sepúlveda, Nuno; Wolf, Asia-Sophia; Kingdon, Caroline; Bowman, Erinna; Dockrell, Hazel M.; Nacul, Luis; Lacerda, Eliana; Riley, Eleanor (April 16, 2019). "Cellular Immune Function in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)". Frontiers in Immunology. 10. doi:10.3389/fimmu.2019.00796. ISSN 1664-3224.
  20. Rodrigues, Lucas S; Nali, Luiz H da Silva; Leal, Cibele O D; Sabino, Ester C; Lacerda, Eliana M; Kingdon, Caroline C; Nacul, Luis; Romano, Camila M (July 5, 2019). "HERV-K and HERV-W transcriptional activity in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". bioRxiv. doi:10.1101/693465.
  21. Sepúlveda, Nuno; Carneiro, Jorge; Eliana M. Lacerda, Eliana M.; Nacul, Luis C. (October 2019). "Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as a hyper-regulated immune system driven by an interplay between regulatory T cells and chronic human herpesvirus infections". Frontiers in Immunology. doi:10.3389/fimmu.2019.02684.
  22. Lacerda, Eliana M.; Geraghty, Keith; Kingdon, Caroline C.; Palla, Luigi; Nacul, Luis (December 2019). "A logistic regression analysis of risk factors in ME/CFS pathogenesis". BMC Neurology. 19 (1): 275. doi:10.1186/s12883-019-1468-2. ISSN 1471-2377.
  23. Nacul, Luis; O'Boyle, Shennae; Nacul, Flavio E.; Mudie, Kathleen; Kingdon, Caroline C.; Cliff, Jacqueline M.; Clark, Taane G.; Dockrell, Hazel M.; Lacerda, Eliana M. (September 17, 2019). "How Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Progresses: A Framework for Research and the Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation in ME/CFS". Preprints. doi:10.20944/preprints201909.0188.v1.
  24. Estévez-López, Fernando; Mudie, Kathleen; Wang-Steverding, Xia; Bakken, Inger Johanne; Ivanovs, Andrejs; Castro-Marrero, Jesús; Nacul, Luis; Alegre, Jose; Zalewski, Paweł; Słomko, Joanna; Bolle Strand, Elin; Pheby, Derek; Shikova, Evelina; Lorusso, Lorenzo; Capelli, Enrica; Sekulic, Slobodan; Scheibenbogen, Carmen; Sepúlveda, Nuno; Murovska, Modra; Lacerda, Eliana (May 2020). "Systematic Review of the Epidemiological Burden of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Across Europe: Current Evidence and EUROMENE Research Recommendations for Epidemiology". Journal of Clinical Medicine. 9 (5): 1557. doi:10.3390/jcm9051557.
  25. Malato, João; Sotzny, Franziska; Bauer, Sandra; Freitag, Helma; Fonseca, André; Grabowska, Anna D; Graça, Luís; Cordeiro, Clara; Nacul, Luís; Lacerda, Eliana M; Castro-Marrero, Jesus; Scheibenbogen, Carmen; Westermeier, Francisco; Sepúlveda, Nuno (March 24, 2021). "The SARS-CoV-2 receptor angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: analysis of high-throughput epigenetic and gene expression studies". medRxiv. doi:10.1101/2021.03.23.21254175. PMID 33791744.

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central nervous system (CNS) - One of the two parts of the human nervous system, the other part being the peripheral nervous system. The central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord, while the peripheral nervous system consists of nerves that travel from the central nervous system into the various organs and tissues of the body.

myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.

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myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.

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