National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED)

Menzies Health Institute Queensland , Griffith University, Menzies Health Institute Queensland , Griffith University

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Scientist working in a PC2 safety cabinet pipetting cell suspensions

The NCNED is a world-class research facility focusing on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). Our research is dedicated to the identification of the pathology, development of a screen/diagnostic test and pharmacological treatments for ME/CFS patients. Our aim is to translate research to improve ME/CFS patient outcomes in the area of preventative medicine, social and clinical care, and public health.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • ME/CFS research
  • Patch-clamp Electrophysiology
  • Immunology
  • Epidemiology
  • Therapeutic development
  • Screening/diagnostic test development

Facilities and major equipment

  • Physical containment class 2 (PC2) laboratory
  • Electrophysiology laboratory
  • Flow cytometry equipment
  • Cell culture laboratory
  • NCNED Biobank for ME/CFS

Number of research staff

Up to 20 research staff


Level 9, G40 Ian O'Connor Building, Griffith University, Gold Coast campus, Southport, Queensland, 4222

Lead researchers

  • Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik—Identified transient receptor potential ion channel dysfunction in ME/CFS patients
  • Associate Professor Leighton Barnden—25 years experience in Nuclear Medicine and has reported on abornal brain MRI findings in ME/CFS
  • Dr Kiran Thapaliya—Expertise in modeling MRI signals to study tissue microstructures using multi-echo gradient echo at 7 tesla.

Achievements of the centre

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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