Cocchetto Named as Medical Director for the
National CFIDS Foundation
National CFIDS Foundation, Inc. of Needham, Massachusetts, is pleased to
announce the appointment of Professor Alan Cocchetto to the position of
Medical Director for its national non-profit patient organization. Chronic
Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), also known as Chronic
Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)and, more appropriately, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
(ME), affects one million people in the United States. Professor Cocchetto
is currently on medical leave due to ME/CFS.
Alan Cocchetto received his B.S. degree from Purdue University, in
1979, and his M.S. degree from Villanova University, in 1983, both in
Electrical Engineering. He has been with the Electrical Engineering
Technology Department at State University of New York (SUNY) at Alfred, as
an Associate Professor, since 1986, serving as Curriculum Coordinator for
the Electromechanical Engineering Technology A.S. and B.S. degree programs.
Prior to his professorship, he held several positions as a Senior Design
Engineer employed in the areas of research and development as well as new
product design working for companies that have included Electronic
Associates Inc. of Eatontown, N.J., Physical Acoustics Corporation of
Princeton, N.J., and Teleco Oilfield Services Division of Sonat Inc. of
Meriden, Ct. His professional expertise includes analog and digital circuit
design, signal processing, and control systems analysis and design.
While at SUNY, Professor Cocchetto received several awards including
Teacher of the Year Award in 1989, the SUNY Chancellor's Award for
Excellence in Teaching in 1991, and the NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award
given by the University of Texas at Austin in 1992. In 1993, he was the
recipient of a National Science Foundation Matching Engineering Grant, for
$230,000, for the "Design of a Laboratory for Instrumentation, Data
Acquisition, and Control Systems Analysis." He has served as an engineering
consultant to regional companies and successfully operated his own
consulting firm. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honorary.
Since being diagnosed with ME/CFS, he has been active in CORA: CFIDS of
Rochester Advocates in Rochester, N.Y. and has written numerous patient
articles about various scientific and medical issues regarding ME/CFS. His
testimony, on intellectual property patents and CFS, was read before the
U.S. Surgeon General in 1998. In addition, he has been a speaker at several
regional CFS conferences including the NJCFSA Conference in Eatontown, N.J.
in 1999 and at the Common Cause Conference in Rochester, N.Y. in 2000.
Since volunteering for the National CFIDS Foundation, Professor
Cocchetto has been a frequent contributor to the Foundation's National Forum
Newsletter and was instrumental in formulating and coordinating their
Research Grant Program. Prior to volunteering with the Foundation, he was
one of the first ME/CFS patients tested for active HHV-6A infection in the
U.S. This subsequently led the Foundation to begin funding researchers in
the field and ultimately to the organization of its current research grant
Among the major studies Professor Cocchetto has been involved with
include: In-Vitro Testing of Antivirals for HHV-6A/B Infections;
Relationships Between Human T-Lymphotropic Virus Type II (HTLV-2) and Human
Lymphotropic Herpesviruses in CFS; the Role of the Ciguatoxin Epitope in CFS;
and the Role of the STAT1 Protein in CFS.
Professor Cocchetto is perhaps most noted for his scientific evaluations of
intellectual property rights and patents using evidence-based medical
techniques as it applies to CFS. He has been published in several
peer-reviewed medical journals including the Journal of Chronic Fatigue
Syndrome, the Journal of Toxicology, and the Journal of Clinical Laboratory
Analysis. His work with Dr. Yoshitsugi Hokama, from the University of
Hawaii, was presented at the International Symposium on Toxins and Natural
Products, in Okinawa, Japan in 2002.
recent Foundation interview Professor Cocchetto stated that "By focusing on
cellular signaling and feedback methodology, disease mechanisms for ME/CFS
are emerging and this is very exciting and long overdue. Fortunately for me,
electrical engineering and cell biology have much in common. As such, I'm
greatful to the Foundation for this opportunity to support the patient
community now as Medical Director."
National CFIDS Foundation is the largest, all volunteer, and fastest growing
non-profit CFIDS organization in the U.S. Founded in 1997, the Foundation is
unique because there are no paid staff positions and all donations directly
support its ongoing research efforts to conquer the disease.