Funding for this research was provided by:
National Institutes of Health (R01AI103629)
First Online: 13 March 2018
Compliance with Ethical Standards
: The UK ME/CFS Biobank was established with a joint grant from the charities Action for ME, the ME Association, and ME Research UK, as well as a private donor. Research reported in this publication was supported by the above-named charities and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under Award Number R01AI103629. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.
: Caroline Kingdon, Erinna Bowman, Hayley Curran, Luis Nacul, and Eliana Lacerda declare that they have no conflicts of interest.
: All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
: The UK ME/CFS Biobank received ethical approval from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) Ethics Committee (ref. 6123), the National Research Ethics Service (NRES) London-Bloomsbury Research Ethics Committee (REC; ref. 11/LO/1760, IRAS ID: 77765), and the NHS Research Governance and Developments Offices (R&D), which oversee the recruitment of research participants from government health services.
: Written informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study. Participants were encouraged to ask questions and were free to withdraw at any time.