Judy Mikovits

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Judy A. Mikovits, PhD, was an ME/CFS researcher and previously the research director at the Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI). She is one of the authors of the 2011 case definition, International Consensus Criteria.[1] Her research focus now centers mostly on autism.


XMRV[edit | edit source]

Dr Mikovits led the team that published a paper suggesting a connection between the XMRV retrovirus and ME/CFS.[2] The XMRV paper was later retracted in 2011.[3] Dr. Mikovits participated in a large study in 2012 that indicated that there was no association between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and either Xenotropic Murine Leukemia Virus-Related Virus or Polytropic Murine Leukemia Virus.[4]

Arrest & lawsuit[edit | edit source]

Mikovits was fired from the WPI in 2011.[5] After her departure there was a legal dispute, involving her arrest, with the WPI.[6] Dr Mikovits' case against her critics was dismissed in February 2016.[7][8]

Book - Plague[edit | edit source]

In 2014 Dr Mikovits published a book called Plague about her experiences and research.

Talks and interviews[edit | edit source]

Notable studies in ME/CFS[edit | edit source]

  • 2012, A double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized, clinical trial of the TLR-3 agonist rintatolimod in severe cases of chronic fatigue syndrome[4] - (Full Text)

Learn more[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Carruthers, Bruce M.; van de Sande, Marjorie I.; De Meirleir, Kenny L.; Klimas, Nancy G.; Broderick, Gordon; Mitchell, Terry; Staines, Donald; Powles, A. C. Peter; Speight, Nigel; Vallings, Rosamund; Bateman, Lucinda; Baumgarten-Austrheim, Barbara; Bell, David; Carlo-Stella, Nicoletta; Chia, John; Darragh, Austin; Jo, Daehyun; Lewis, Donald; Light, Alan; Marshall-Gradisnik, Sonya; Mena, Ismael; Mikovits, Judy; Miwa, Kunihisa; Murovska, Modra; Pall, Martin; Stevens, Staci (Aug 22, 2011). "Myalgic encephalomyelitis: International Consensus Criteria". Journal of Internal Medicine. 270 (4): 327–338. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2796.2011.02428.x. ISSN 0954-6820. PMC 3427890Freely accessible. PMID 21777306. 
  2. Lombardi, Vincent C.; Ruscetti, Francis W.; Gupta, Jaydip Das; Pfost, Max A.; Hagen, Kathryn S.; Peterson, Daniel L.; Ruscetti, Sandra K.; Bagni, Rachel K.; Petrow-Sadowski, Cari (Oct 23, 2009). "Detection of an Infectious Retrovirus, XMRV, in Blood Cells of Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". Science. 326 (5952): 585–589. doi:10.1126/science.1179052. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 19815723. 
  3. Oransky, Author Ivan (Dec 22, 2011). "Chronic fatigue syndrome-XMRV paper retracted by Science, completely this time". Retraction Watch. Retrieved Feb 17, 2020. 
  4. 4.04.1 Alter, Harvey J.; Mikovits, Judy A.; Switzer, William M.; Ruscetti, Francis W.; Lo, Shyh-Ching; Klimas, Nancy; Komaroff, Anthony L.; Montoya, Jose G.; Bateman, Lucinda; Levine, Susan; Peterson, Daniel; Levin, Bruce; Hanson, Maureen R.; Genfi, Afia; Bhat, Meera; Zheng, HaoQiang; Wang, Richard; Li, Bingjie; Hung, Guo-Chiuan; Lee, Li Ling; Sameroff, Stephen; Heneine, Walid; Coffin, John; Hornig, Mady; Lipkin, W. Ian (2012), "A Multicenter Blinded Analysis Indicates No Association between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and either Xenotropic Murine Leukemia Virus-Related Virus or Polytropic Murine Leukemia Virus", mBio, 3 (5): e00266–12, doi:10.1128/mBio.00266-12 
  5. Marcus, Amy Dockser (Oct 3, 2011). "Scientist Who Led XMRV Research Team Let Go". WSJ. Retrieved Feb 17, 2020. 
  6. CohenNov. 19, Jon; 2011; Pm, 6:46 (Nov 19, 2011). "Controversial CFS Researcher Arrested and Jailed". Science | AAAS. Retrieved Feb 17, 2020. 
  7. "Judy Anne Mikovits v. Adam Garcia et al (2:14-cv-08909), California Central District Court". www.pacermonitor.com. Retrieved Feb 17, 2020. 
  8. Palus, Author Shannon (Feb 16, 2016). "Court dismisses lawsuit by XMRV-chronic fatigue syndrome researcher". Retraction Watch. Retrieved Feb 17, 2020. 
  9. "Invest in ME Research - IIMEC3". www.investinme.org. Retrieved Feb 17, 2020. 
  10. "Invest in ME Research - IIMEC4". www.investinme.org. Retrieved Feb 18, 2020. 
  11. Verrillo, Erica (Jun 1, 2014). "Plague: An Interview With Judy Mikovits". Prohealth. Retrieved Feb 18, 2020. 
  12. "Invest in ME Research - IIMEC6 International ME Conference 2011". www.investinme.org. Retrieved Feb 18, 2020. 

ME/CFS - An acronym that combines myalgic encephalomyelitis with chronic fatigue syndrome. Sometimes they are combined because people have trouble distinguishing one from the other. Sometimes they are combined because people see them as synonyms of each other.

chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A controversial term, invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, that generally refers to a collection of symptoms as “fatigue”. There have been multiple attempts to come up with a set of diagnostic criteria to define this term, but few of those diagnostic criteria are currently in use. Previous attempts to define this term include the Fukuda criteria and the Oxford criteria. Some view the term as a useful diagnostic category for people with long-term fatigue of unexplained origin. Others view the term as a derogatory term borne out of animus towards patients. Some view the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, while others view myalgic encephalomyelitis as a distinct disease.

chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A controversial term, invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, that generally refers to a collection of symptoms as “fatigue”. There have been multiple attempts to come up with a set of diagnostic criteria to define this term, but few of those diagnostic criteria are currently in use. Previous attempts to define this term include the Fukuda criteria and the Oxford criteria. Some view the term as a useful diagnostic category for people with long-term fatigue of unexplained origin. Others view the term as a derogatory term borne out of animus towards patients. Some view the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, while others view myalgic encephalomyelitis as a distinct disease.

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.

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