Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

Solve ME/CFS Initiative, Inc.

Leading the fight to cure ME/CFS

aka Solve ME/CFS Initiative

Los Angeles, CA


The Solve ME/CFS Initiative (SMCI), is the only ME/CFS not-for-profit solely focused on scientific research and advocacy to solve myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), sometimes referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Our mission is to make ME/CFS understood, diagnosable and treatable. We believe that the best way to serve patients is to solve this debilitating disease by investing in promising research and fostering an environment for scientific collaboration.

Ruling Year


President and CEO

Ms. Carol Head

Main Address

5455 Wilshire Blvd Suite 1903

Los Angeles, CA 90036 USA


ME/CFS, CFS, chronic fatigue syndrome, SolveCFS, CFIDS, health, CFIDS Association of America, CFIDS Association





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Diseases, Disorders, Medical Disciplines N.E.C. (G99)

Specifically Named Diseases Research (H80)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (H01)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), sometimes referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), is a chronic, complex, multi-systemic disease that profoundly limits the health and productivity of patients. It affects up to 2.5 million Americans and as many as 20 million people worldwide. There are currently no FDA-approved treatments and there is no cure.

Our programs

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ME/CFS Research

ME/CFS Education

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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RESEARCH: Number of research studies funded

Population(s) served


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ME/CFS Research

Context notes

We design and invest in scientific studies to address severe knowledge gaps in ME/CFS. Ares include bioenergetics, neuroendocrine biology, gut microbiome, genetics, inflammation and immunity.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our goals include:
1) finding an reliable biomarker that will lead to accurate diagnosis of ME/CFS
2)conducting research that will lead to the development of an FDA approved treatment for ME/CFS
3)ultimately finding a cure for ME/CFS

We have a multi-pronged strategy to Solve ME/CFS that includes:
1) support rigorous and thorough research
2) educate the medical community about research advances
3) partnering with thought leaders and policy makers to facilitate advanced research
4) amplifying the voice of patients in participatory research
5)reduce barriers to research by making materials and know-how readily accessible

Solve ME/CFS is a non-profit disease organization that works to accelerate the discovery of safe and effective treatments, strives for an aggressive expansion of funding for research that will lead to a cure and seeks to engage the entire ME/CFS community in research. Through scientific research and advocacy, SMCI serves patients and researchers alike, serving as an information center for the entire ME/CFS community, and enabling SMCI to make an even stronger case for federal government ME/CFS spending, by generating verifiable and large data sets with reliable metrics.

There are many measures for progress including:
1) Acknowledgement by our government that ME/CFS is a real and under-served disease
2) Increasing the number of qualified ME/CFS scientists and researchers
3) Changing federal policy that is more favorable to ME/CFS
4) Increased federal funding for ME/CFS

The 2015 IOM report and NIH's Pathways to Prevention report signal a change in attitude and mindset by our federal government towards ME/CFS. Both highly respected institutions reported that ME/CFS has been misunderstood and under-funded for far too long. Solve ME/CFS Initiative has been integral in influencing this change. Solve ME/CFS Initiative is working closely with the NIH to help shape the overall research strategy for ME/CFS. We are currently supporting 13 international research studies.

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Awards & Accreditations

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Solve ME/CFS Initiative, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Jun 30

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?