Ian Charles

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Professor Ian Charles is the founding Director of the Quadram Institute, Norwich Research Park, UK. The Quadram Institute is a partnership between Quadram Institute Bioscience, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the University of East Anglia and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). 

The Quadram's mission is to deliver healthier lives through innovation in gut health, microbiology and food and its vision is to understand how food and microbes interact to promote health and prevent disease. Professor Charles' research interests include infectious disease and the microbiome as its affect on health and well-being.[1]

Past positions include: Director of ithree institute in Sydney, Australia, and visiting Professor at University of Technology, Sydney; Professor of Molecular Biology at University of Sheffield and University College London, UK; Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Arrow Therapeutics; Head of Molecular Pharmacology at Glaxo Wellcome; and Senior Research Scientist at Wellcome Research Laboratories[2]

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  • 1977 – 1980, University of St Andrews, Scotland, Zoology
  • 1981 – 1985, University of Leicester, UK - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Biochemistry

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myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - 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.

chronic disease a disease or condition that usually lasts for 3 months or longer and may get worse over time

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