The grant, from the USA-based Dysautonomia International, a non-profit organisation that seeks to improve the lives of individuals living with autonomic nervous system disorders, has gone to Dr Jessica Eccles, National Institute for Health Research Clinical Lecturer at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), run by the universities of Brighton and Sussex.
Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is an under-studied disorder also characterised by tremors, heart palpitations and fainting or near-fainting upon moving from a prone to upright position.
The grant is aimed at further developing Dr Eccles’s research into the syndrome. She said: “Research suggests that almost all patients with POTS experience this disabling symptom – however, the mechanisms underpinning brain fog and its impact on quality of life are currently very poorly understood.
“With this grant from Dysautonomia International, I will seek to address this problem by understanding the brain-body mechanisms involved in brain fog.”