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OMF supports groundbreaking ME/CFS and Long COVID research

At Open Medicine Foundation (OMF), we believe that everyone deserves access to effective treatments and quality healthcare. Our collaborative research focuses on developing precise diagnostic tools, life-changing treatments, and educating knowledgeable healthcare providers for those with ME/CFS and Long COVID.

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OMF supports six Collaborative Research centers across the globe.
It's Personal

Why Linda Tannenbaum Built OMF

In 2006, my 16-year-old daughter became so severely ill that she could not get out of bed. Overnight she went from being a healthy teenage girl to no longer having the energy to do the most basic of tasks. My husband and I took her to see twenty doctors only to find there were no answers.

My daughter eventually received a diagnosis of myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome or ME/CFS. The doctor told us that there were no recommended treatment options. Not one.

For six years, we had no answers. I realized that I was going to have to find a solution myself. And it is my goal to this day- not just to help my daughter, but all those affected by complex chronic illnesses.

 

By 2012, I saw no end to my daughter’s suffering. As a mother, I knew I had to do everything in my power to help my child. That is when I launched Open Medicine Foundation (OMF). OMF’s mission is to improve health care for patients suffering from multisystem diseases. We foster collaboration between patients, clinicians, and researchers.

Ten years later, we are supporting 6 research centers in 4 countries on 3 continents. We are racing to find a cure.  We have now begun clinical trials.

I have carried hope for a long time. Now I am beginning to see answers take shape. We are still a ways away from a cure, but I know we will get there. We have to!

For those diagnosed with ME/CFS or Long COVID, you can find resources on our site. This journey may not be easy. But there is community, clinical education, and more support than ever.

You are not alone. We will find the answers together.

Our Focus

Understand
disease mechanisms

Once we understand how ME/CFS and Long COVID develop, researchers can pinpoint targets for intervention.

Define
diagnostic criteria

ME/CFS and Long COVID are difficult conditions to diagnose. We need specific biomarkers and definitive tests. 

Find
effective treatments

Currently, there are very few treatments and they only target symptoms. OMF launched its first treatment trial in 2023.

Broaden
access to quality care

OMF provides medical education to help healthcare providers understand the challenges of multisystem disease.

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