“Normal” Blood Needed for Chronic Fatigue, MS, ALS Study

UA Alumnus Doing Research Related to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s Disease

 A University of Arizona College of Medicine alumnus and AZBio Member is looking for “normal” blood as part of a study behind a possible factor for chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Stephen Fry, MD, laboratory director of Scottsdale-based Fry Laboratories, is doing a study of a protozoan potentially present in all people but appears in higher levels in those with these three diseases.

Dr. Fry is looking for healthy individuals over the age of 18 undiagnosed with the aforementioned diseases to donate a small amount of blood to check the levels of the protozoan, “Protomyxzoa rheumatica,” and other blood-borne organisms in an attempt to establish a correlation with the diseases.

“The Phoenix Study,” as described by Dr. Fry, is designed to determine the level of the organism in normal and diseased populations. Dr. Fry is currently enrolling volunteers from the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Dr. Fry earned a bachelor’s in microbiology, a master’s in molecular biology and his MD from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson before doing residency training at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.

For more information on the study or to volunteer, go to thephoenixstudy.com or please contact Fry Laboratories at (480) 292-8457 or email phoenixstudy@frylabs.com




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