What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?


As a student, we bet you often feel exhausted and fatigued. Early morning lectures, late nights, countless cups of coffee…

But while this may be a temporary state for you (until uni break swings around, of course!), for some it’s permanent.

Have you heard of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)? Kind of like being in the midst of exam week 24/7, CFS causes extreme fatigue and/or tiredness which can’t easily be explained by an underlying medical condition.

Around 400,000 Australians are believed to be affected by CFS, many of whom are house bound or bed bound.

Much like your physics notes, the causes of CFS aren’t well understood. Though, as we’re sure your physics lecturer is endeavoring to help you understand the ins and outs of kinematics, Griffith researchers are working hard to better understand CFS.

In fact, researchers from Griffith’s National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases have discovered a cell receptor which could be a key contributing factor to CFS.

Keen to learn more about it? We have the lead researchers presenting their findings at our upcoming Friends of the Library event on 10 August. Come along to the Gold Coast campus to hear our academics discuss their groundbreaking research. They will talk about the challenges with CFS diagnosis, clinical presentation, and treatments.

Event details

  • Date: 10 August 2017
  • Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Location: Leneen Forde Chancellery (G34), Gold Coast campus, Griffith University
  • Register here

Friends of the Library membership

You will have the option to become a Friends of the Library member when you register for this event. Following the presentation, Friends of the Library members will be invited to join us for a cocktail reception and the opportunity to network with industry colleagues and our presenters. A Friends of the Library membership includes:

  • Invitations to a range of events featuring national and international guest speakers
  • Friends-only cocktail receptions
  • Access to exhibitions and displays in our libraries
  • Friends of the Library e-newsletter
  • Discount on University Library borrowing
  • 20% discount on Griffith Review subscription


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