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AFSA is an all volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research that investigates the causes and treatments for fibromyalgia syndrome.

A 501(c)3 Nonprofit Charitable Organization.

AFSA Updates

The AFSA Update is a publication of activities summarizing the past grant awards period. In addition to research study information, the Update includes current fibromyalgia-related news and a financial summary of the awarding period.

AFSA is picky about the projects it funds. AFSA does not fund studies related to behavioral, psychosocial, self-help, or movement therapies. All proposals must be budget-conscious. Your charitable contributions are definitely needed to help us continue with our research-funding mission. More than 90% of contributions to AFSA go directly to research. The Update is distributed to donors and researchers and is posted below.


VOLUME 15, ISSUE 1 - NOVEMBER 2009

  • A Special Message From the President
  • Electrocardiogram-Based Sleep Spectrogram
  • Genetic Influences on Pain Modulation Systems in Fibromyalgia
  • Gene Expression Biomarkers for Fibromyalgia
  • Are Myofascial Trigger Points Contributing to Your Pain?
  • Role of Myofascial Trigger Points in FMS - Part 2
  • Donor Recognition (October 1, 2008 - September 30, 2009)
  • Your Contributions Make a Difference

VOLUME 14, ISSUE 1 - NOVEMBER 2008

  • A Special Message From the President
  • Myofascial Trigger Points: Are they the source of your pain?
  • Role of Myofascial Trigger Points in FMS - Part 1
  • Myofascial Trigger Points and Central Sensitization in People with FMS
  • Impact of Fibromyalgia on Brain Aging and Cognitive Function
  • Genetic Alterations Linked to FMS
  • Disease Severity Marker?

VOLUME 13, ISSUE 1 - JUNE 2008

  • A Special Message From the President
  • Newly Funded Study: Low-Dose Naltrexone for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia
  • Update: Fibromyalgia Tissue Donor Program
  • Update: Are Cytokines Causing Your Sleep Problems?
  • AFSA Acknowledges Dr. Mary Lou “Whitey” White and Family
  • Update: Comparing Healthy vs. FMS Cell Function

VOLUME 12, ISSUE 1 - NOVEMBER 2006

  • Three More Projects Funded!
  • Focusing on Sleep Research
  • A Special Message From the President
  • Two Year Financial Recap

VOLUME 11, ISSUE 1 - MAY 2005

  • AFSA-Funded Projects May Influence NIH Funding
  • Your Dollars Go To Research
  • Four Projects Funded in 2004

2003 SPECIAL UPDATE EDITION - AUGUST 2003

  • Nine Years at a Glance
  • Objective Tests to Validate Your Pain
  • The Neuroscience of FMS Pain (Includes Dr. Larson's Mast Cell Theory)
  • Neuroendocrine Findings
  • Brain Imaging Studies
  • What's Driving Your Symptoms?
  • Treatment Trials

VOLUME 9, ISSUE 1 - NOVEMBER 2002

  • Impact of AFSA Donations on the Direction of Research
  • Making Every Dollar Count
  • 23rd Project Funded

VOLUME 8, ISSUE 2 - JANUARY 2002

  • Life's Uncertainties Abound, but NOT the Need for FMS Research
  • Change Your FMS Legacy Today
  • AFSA-funded study documenting the role of cytokines is now in print!
  • Caring person runs marathon to raise research funds for AFSA
  • 22nd Project Funded - In Memory of Laura Skalla
People who have donated to AFSA recently will automatically be sent a copy of the next AFSA Update as a courtesy from AFSA. Our intent will be to provide our donors with an update on the progress of recently funded projects as well as a progress report on projects already funded. Make a tax-deductable donation today.

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The American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association, Inc. (AFSA)
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