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The AusME Registry and Biobank

Did you know that signing up and participating in the AusME Registry is the single easiest way to become involved in research!

The AusME Registry is a patient-driven project, created by and for the people who use it, that aims to collect detailed demographic and health information from individuals living in Australia. Using a secure web-based portal, AusME Registry participants provide data regarding their diagnosis, symptoms, medications, and lived experience with ME/CFS and/or Long COVID. This information is then made available to our Approved researchers in a deidentified format. Carers and supporters of those with ME/CFS and Long COVID are also warmly welcomed to contribute to the AusME Registry as healthy volunteers.

As an AusME Registry participant, you will be informed of any research studies that you may be eligible to partake in and/or donate to the AusME Biobank.

Current research opportunities recruiting

Emerge Australia receives requests from research groups across Australia to assist in promoting their research and aiding in recruitment. Although our Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee evaluates the merit of these studies, it acknowledges that not all research studies are appropriate for everyone living with ME/CFS and Long COVID. Emerge Australia provides the study information below in good faith, but does not endorse any content, activities, or messaging.

It is essential that you engage in a thorough discussion with your healthcare provider (such as your GP or specialist) and the medical researchers conducting the trial, to evaluate the potential benefits and risks to your health before committing to be a study participant. Participating in research studies carries certain risks for individuals, and it is crucial that you seek advice and guidance to fully comprehend these risks—please consider both immediate and long-term side effects. If you have any questions or inquiries regarding any of the studies listed below, please refer to the study contact details.

If you would like more information regarding clinical trials and informed consent, please view the links below:

AusME Biobank: Recruiting NOW!

The AusME Biobank is actively recruiting ME/CFS, Long COVID patients and also healthy volunteers who would be willing to donate a blood sample for research. What we are looking for:

  • Currently a registered participant of the AusME registry (click here to join)
  • Diagnosed with ME/CFS or Long COVID by a physician / not diagnosed with ME/CFS or Long COVID for healthy controls
  • Ages 12+
  • Not pregnant, breastfeeding or both
  • Located in or around (or are willing to travel to!) one of the following suburbs:
Moss Vale
Bondi Junction
Box Hill
Maroubra Junction
Clifton Hill
Narre Warren
Mount Waverley
Castle Hill
Mona Vale

For more information on how you can get involved in the Biobank please contact us here.

Can dietary supplementation with krill-oil improve ME/CFS symptoms?

Researchers from Deakin University (VIC) are recruiting for their study that aims to address the efficiency of krill oil supplementation in treating ME/CFS and understand the mechanism of ME/CFS.

Patients interested in participating in this study need to satisfy the below requirements:

  • Have been clinically diagnosed with ME/CFS
  • Are aged 18 years or older
  • Not currently pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Not allergic to shellfish
  • Study involves 12 week supplementation, donating blood samples, grip strength and non-invasive body composition testing.
  • Patients will need to be located in or around the Greater Melbourne and Geelong regions.

For more information or to register your interest, please feel free to contact the researchers at Deakin University conducting the study:


Ph: (03) 9244 5207

Multimodal MRI of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Researchers at USC’s Thompson Institute (QLD) are recruiting for a project that aims to further understanding of the underlying illness process of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and to develop imaging criteria that will aid the diagnosis of ME/CFS.

Patients interested in participating in this study need to satisfy the below requirements:

  • Are healthy (with a sedentary lifestyle)
  • Are aged 18-65 years
  • Have ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia, fatigue conditions without known explanations, or Long COVID.
  • Are aged 18-65 years

Study involves questionnaires, vital sign measurement and a joint hypermobility task, wearing an activity monitor of 14 days, and at least ONE magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan (60 minutes scanning time plus preparation).

Patients will need to be able to travel to the Thompson Institute on the Sunshine Coast (QLD). Each participant will receive $50 for travel reimbursement.

For more information or to register your interest, please feel free to contact the researchers in the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research Team:


Ph: (07) 5456 5445


Healthy Adolescents: We need you!

Researchers at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute request your contribution to research that hopes to improve the lives of adolescents with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

You or someone you know might be suitable if you/they are:

  • Aged between 12 and 19 years
  • Healthy
  • Interested in brain function, thinking, and fatigue
  • Able to attend the Royal Children’s Hospital for one morning (parking reimbursed)

The study involves completing some problem-solving puzzles and questionnaires, an optional MRI and blood and urine collection.

For more information scan the QR code or to register your interest, please feel free to contact the researchers from the Chronic fatigue Research Team:

Email: Darcy Tatanis at

Ph: 0447 902 442

PARsing PEM: does post-­exertional autonomic recovery (PAR) impact post-exertional malaise?

Researchers at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute request your contribution to research that hopes to understand why post-exertional malaise happens and how to prevent/ treat it.

Are you or someone you know:

  • Aged 18-70 years
  • Live with ME/CFS or are relatively healthy
  • Attend a one-time visit and can travel to the Baker Heart Institute in Melbourne
  • Have access to the internet/laptop or desktop computer and have the ability to use them
  • Fluent in English
  • Have the ability to exercise on an upright stationary bike

For further information visit the Baker Institute at or contact the study team at or (03) 8532 1817

Investigation of motoneurone firing behaviour and associations with symptom severity in individuals with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).

Researchers at Edith Cowan University request your contribution to research that hopes to discern whether there are differences in the behaviour of nerves that control muscles in people with and without ME/CFS.

Are you or someone you know:

  • Aged 18-60 years
  • Live with ME/CFS or are relatively healthy
  • Are able to perform basic exercise tasks

For further information please contact a member of the Research team:

Dr Christopher Latella at or on (08) 6304 3637
Prof. Janet Taylor at or on (08) 6304 3603


STRONGER is an international ‘Long-COVID’ study funded by the Medical Research Future Fund (MRRF). The study is sponsored by The George Institute for Global Health and run in Australia at The Brain and Mind Centre at The University of Sydney, and Monash University in Melbourne.

Are you or someone you know:

  • 18+ years 
  • tested COVID-19 positive
  • continue to experience neurological symptoms i.e. difficulty concentrating, memory problems, loss of smell, increased anxiety and fatigue

For further information, please contact the STRONGER Study Coordinator OR visit the website

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