Michael Houghton

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Michael Houghton, PhD, is a Professor at the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He was the first to successfully identify and clone the Hepatitis C virus.[1] His professional interests are the Hepatitis C virus, the Hepatitis B virus, and exploring if other chronic illnesses are caused or exacerbated by an acute or persistent viral infection.[2]

Dr. Houghton and his virology team are working on a biomarker for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) using diagnostic cytokine patterns (specifically circulating interleukin (IL)-16, IL-7, and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A (VEGF-A).[3] The team is also investigating if a novel pathogen is associated with a cluster of CFS patients.[4]

Awards[edit | edit source]

  • Canada Excellence Research Chair in Virology at the University of Alberta[5]
  • 2000, Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award[6]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee[edit | edit source]

Dr. Houghton served as a voting member of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee from 05/10/10 to 05/10/14.[7]

Notable studies[edit | edit source]

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  1. http://www.cerc.gc.ca/chairholders-titulaires/houghton-eng.aspx
  2. http://www.mmi.med.ualberta.ca/staff_students/michael_houghton.php
  3. 3.0 3.1 Landi, Abdolamir; Broadhurst, David; Vernon, Suzanne D; Tyrrell, D. Lorne J.; Houghton, Michael (2016), "Reductions in circulating levels of IL-16, IL-7 and VEGF-A in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome", Cytokine, 78: 27-36, doi:10.1016/j.cyto.2015.11.018, PMID 26615570 
  4. http://solvecfs.org/research/cfidsaa-research-program-for-researchers/michael-houghton/
  5. http://www.mmi.med.ualberta.ca/staff_students/michael_houghton.php
  6. http://www.laskerfoundation.org/awards/
  7. HHS.gov (2010), October 12 & 13, 2010 CFSAC Meeting (PDF) (Roster) 
  8. Jason, LA; Unger, ER; Dimitrakoff, JD; Fagin, AP; Houghton, M; Cook, DB; Marshall, GD, Jr; Klimas, N; Snell, C (2012), "Minimum data elements for research reports on CFS", Brain, Behavior, Immunology, 26 (3): 401-6, doi:10.1016/j.bbi.2012.01.014, PMID 22306456 
  9. Imke Steffen, D. Lorne Tyrrell, Eleanor Stein, Leilani Montalvo, Tzong-Hae Lee, Yanchen Zhou, Kai Lu, William M. Switzer, Shaohua Tang, Hongwei Jia, Darren Hockman, Deanna M. Santer, Michael Logan, Amir Landi, John Law, Michael Houghton, and Graham Simmons. (2011). No Evidence for XMRV Nucleic Acids, Infectious Virus or Anti-XMRV Antibodies in Canadian Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. PLoS ONE, 6(11), e27870. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0027870

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