Kenny de Meirleir

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Kenny de Meirleir is best known for his work on chronic fatigue syndrome also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (or ME or ME/CFS), including the book Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Biological Approach (2002) which he co-edited with Patrick Englebienne. He treats ME-patients at his clinic in Belgium, Himmunitas (where he claims that complaints are due to Lyme-disease and is known for his controversial long-term antibiotic treatments that can last up to years)[1] and at the Center for Translational Medicine[2] in Reno, Nevada.

Education and career[edit]

Dr. De Meirleir earned his medical degree from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 1977, and completed an internal medicine residency in the Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital of Vrije Universiteit Brussel.[3]

Dr. De Meirleir has extensive experience treating patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and other chronic diseases. [4] His goal is to reduce the severity of illness through appropriate dietary changes, immune support, and specific drug treatments for chronic infectious pathogens.[5]

Kenny de Meirleir is among the authors of over 92 published scientific articles,[6] most of them related to CFS/ME.


De Meirleir received the Solvay Prize in 1980 and a NATO research award for work in exercise physiology and metabolism in exercise.



  • Kenny De Meirleir, Patrick Englebienne, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Biological Approach (2002), ISBN 978-0-849-31046-1
  • Kenny De Meirleir, Neil Mcgregor, Pediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (2007), ISBN 978-0-789-03531-8
  • Michel Osteaux, Kenny de Meirleir, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy in Sports Medicine (1991), ISBN 978-3-540-52548-6


  • Carruthers, Bruce M., Anil Kumar Jain, Kenny L. De Meirleir, Daniel L. Peterson, Nancy G. Klimas, A. Martin Lerner, Alison C. Bested et al. "Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome: clinical working case definition, diagnostic and treatment protocols." Journal of chronic fatigue syndrome 11, no. 1 (2003): 7-115.
  • Meeusen, Romain, and Kenny De Meirleir. "Exercise and brain neurotransmission." Sports Medicine 20, no. 3 (1995): 160-188.


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