This is from a link that Quayman posted-it is a letter from Dr. Reeves to Dr. Dharam Ablashi, a researcher who is now part of the HHV-6 Foundation. Reeves is explaining why he refused to attend their "Viruses in CFS" conference last year. According to this letter, Reeves and the CFS researchers at the CDC cannot even study herpes viruses-so what is the point of funding them if they are not able to study viruses found in (according to one source) 70% of people w/ CFS? On 2/20/08 3:38 PM, "Reeves, William C. (CDC/CCID/NCZVED)" <[log in to unmask]> wrote: Dr. Ablashi, It's good to hear from you again and it looks like HHV-6 is taking off in ways I bet you never could have imagined when you first began to describe it. My Branch has been reorganized as the Chronic Viral Diseases Branch and no longer has responsibility for herpes group virus research at CDC. I suggest you contact Dr. D. Scott Schmid and see if he or a member of his Branch can represent CDC at the meeting. He took over responsibility for herpes work at CDC after Phil Pellett left. I see that you have invited Dr. Andrew Lloyd from the University of New South Wales. He was PI on the post-infection fatigue studies that CDC funded and collaborated on and he can present this work much more elegantly than I. The studies you are proposing sound very interesting. Again, since my group does not work directly with herpesviruses, we cannot collaborate in laboratory studies; I suggest you contact Dr. D. Scott Schmid for possible collaboration on immunohistochemistry studies. As you know Dr. Schmid worked with Carlos Lopez and Phil Pellett back in the old days of HHV-6 and this could be of great interest to him. Unfortunately, I cannot provide funding for studies such as you are proposing at this point in time due to severe budget constraints. However, you may wish to contact Dr. Suzanne Vernon newly appointed Scientific Director at the CFIDS Association of America. I understand they are launching a major new research funding effort for well designed focused pilot studies such as the one you proposed. Finally, I cannot help with funding for any conferences at this time. Again, you may wish to apply to the CFIDS Association of America.