Ronald Davis

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Ronald Wayne Davis, PhD., is a Professor of Biochemistry & Genetics and the Director of the Stanford Genome Technology Center at Stanford University. His son, Whitney Dafoe, is severely ill with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Professor Davis leads the End ME/CFS Project with the Open Medicine Foundation whose first project was the ME/CFS Severely Ill, Big Data Study.[1]

Institute of Medicine report[edit | edit source]

Dr. Davis was one of the experts on the "Committee on the Diagnostic Criteria for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" that was convened as per US government request for the 2015 Institute of Medicine.[2] The Institute of Medicine has since changed its name to the National Academy of Medicine.[3]

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

Member of the Biomarkers 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.[4]

Open Letter to The Lancet[edit | edit source]

Two open letters to the editor of The Lancet urged the editor to commission a fully independent review of the PACE trial, which the journal had published in 2011. The first, written in 2015, was signed by Dr. Davis and five of his colleagues. In 2016, thirty-six additional colleagues in the ME/CFS field, signed the second letter.

ME/CFS Research[edit | edit source]

  • June 2018, Dr. Davis and the Stanford Genome Center received a grant award for the research study 'Molecular and Single-cell Immunology of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome' "to investigate the immunological basis of ME/CFS using cutting-edge technologies to understand the role of infection and autoimmunity in the behavior of single immune cells from patients – offering precise insights into how this complex illness originates and persists that may lead to new strategies for treatment."[7] This is a five-year study that will receive $745,000 a year.[8]

Talks and Interviews[edit | edit source]



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Mendelspod podcast

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Advocacy efforts[edit | edit source]

Dr. Ron Davis and his wife, Dr. Janet Dafoe, protested with #MillionsMissing at the San Francisco satellite protest on May 25, 2016.[10] Dr. Davis gave a speech about the challenges ME patients face, and his hopes for the future of ME research.[11] To see video of Dr. Davis's interview at the San Francisco #MillionsMissing click HERE.

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