Faculty Biographies

Dharam V. Ablashi, DVM, MS, Dip. Bact.
Co-Founder, Past President and Treasurer, IACFS
Adjunct Professor of Microbiology, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Scientific Director, HHV-6 Foundation
Dharam Ablashi joined the National Cancer Center (NCI) at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in 1969 and served there for 22 years as a Research Microbiologist, Head of DNA Viruses Section and Coordinator of DNA Viruses.He is internationally known for his work on Human and Primate herpesviruses.In 1986, while working in Dr. Robert Gallo’s Lab at NCI, he co-discovered HHV-6 and contributed numerous articles in this field.Dr. Ablashi is co –founder of the Epstein-Barr Virus Association and the American Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (AACFS).He also served as President of AACFS from 2003 to 2004.He is co-author of two books on HHV-6 the first in 1992 and the second was released in 2006.After retiring from NCI/NIH, Dr. Ablashi served as director of Herpesvirus Programs at Advanced Biotechnologies Inc.He is an adjunct Professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine and Scientific Director of the HHV-6 Foundation.He served as a consultant and advisor to many profit and non-profit organizations, including United Nations, WHO and NASA.He also helped organize the last four international conferences on HHV-6, HHV-7 and HHV-8.

 

Lucinda Bateman, M.D.
Board Member, IACFS
Adjunct Clinical Faculty, University of Utah, Department of Internal Medicine
Adjunct Instructor, University of Utah, Family and Preventive Medicine
Dr. Bateman completed her medical training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, returned to the University of Utah for an internal medicine residency, and became certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1991. She practiced general internal medicine until 2000. In 2000 Dr. Bateman changed her focus, opened a fatigue consultation clinic and has since evaluated more than 800 patients with unexplained chronic fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). Dr. Bateman believes chronic fatigue warrants a thorough and cross-disciplinary approach that is often difficult to do in today's primary care setting. Dr. Bateman 's goal in establishing her fatigue consultation clinic and the non-profit, OFFER (Organization for Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Education and Research), is to encourage a more thoughtful evaluation process, better sharing of information, and joint research efforts aimed at understanding the cause(s) of CFS and FM. She has given many lectures on issues relating to CFS and FM. In addition to serving on the Board of the IACFS, she is the co-founder, prior Executive Director, and present board member of the Utah-based non-profit, OFFER, and the Chair of Easter Seals Utah. (2005)

 

David Bell, M.D. FAAP
Board Member, IACFS
Chairman, CFS Advisory Committee of the Department of Health and Human Services
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of NY at Buffalo
Dr. Bell is a graduate of HarvardUniversity with an AB degree in English Literature in 1967, and Boston University School of Medicine with an MD degree in 1971.He completed pediatric specialty training in 1976, with subspecialty training in Behavior Disorders of Childhood.In 1979 he settled in Lydonville, NY where he operates a family practice.In 1985 he studied an outbreak of an illness that has subsequently been called Chronic Fatigue-Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, also know as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.He has presented materials at numerous medical conferences around the world, has published papers in leading medical journals and has written several books on this subject.Dr. Bell currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and as Editor of the IACFS Newsletter.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently appointed Dr. Bell to the position of Chairman of the newly formed CFS Advisory Committee.The committee, for which he recently concluded his second year of service, consists of biomedical research scientists, health care experts, and representatives from volunteer organizations concerned with people with CFS.

Karen J. Berkley, Ph.D.
McKenzie and Distinguished Research Professor, Program in Neuroscience, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Karen J. Berkley, PhD is McKenzie Professor and Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL USA.She graduated from Brown University in 1963 (Biology), and received her Ph.D. from University of Washington, Dept. of Physiology & Biophysics and Psychology in 1968.She has been at FSU since then where her basic and translational research program uses a combination of behavioral, neurophysiological, physiological, pharmacological, neuroanatomical, and brain imaging methods to address the general issue of neural mechanisms of pelvic pain and pelvic function. Her current research uses a rodent model of endometriosis to investigate mechanisms of the pains of endometriosis and how it co-occurs with other clinical disorders (one of which is chronic fatigue syndrome). Her group’s most recent discovery is that the ectopic endometrial growths harvested from both the rodent model and women develop their own sensory and autonomic nerve supply, the characteristics of which may correlate with symptoms.She is also known for her published reviews and lectures on sex differences in pain. She has been funded continuously since 1974 by NIH and sometimes NSF, published more than 100 scientific publications, served on the editorial boards of numerous scientific journals (currently: Pain, The Journal of Pain, and Somatosensory & Motor Research), was a councilor for both the Society for Neuroscience and the International Association for the Study of Pain, served on three committees of the National Academy of Sciences, and is a frequent speaker at national and international scientific conferences.

Daniel J. Clauw, M.D.
Assistant Dean for Clinical & Translational Research, Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Director, Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Dr. Clauw is Assistant Dean for Clinical and Translation Research and Professor of Medicine at the University of Michigan. Additionally, he directs the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center and the Center for the Advancement of Clinical Research. His primary research interest is on overlapping chronic pain and fatigue syndromes such as fibromyalgia, CFS and Gulf War Illness and the role of central nervous system dysfunction in the development of these syndromes.He leads a multidisciplinary team of collaborators committed to identifying chronic pain syndrome risk factors and the establishment of programs aimed at the most effective treatment and prevention of this spectrum of illnesses.

 

Kenny De Meirleir, MD, Ph.D.
Professor of Physiology, Pathophysiology and Medicine, Vrije Universiteit, Brussels Belgium
Kenny L. De Meirleir, MD received his medical degree at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Magna cum laude. He is a Professor of Physiology and exercise physiology and Professor of Medicine at the University of Brussels. His research activities in Chronic Fatigue date back to 1990. His other research activities in exercise physiology, metabolism and endocrinology have led to the Solvay Prize and the NATO research award. He is director of the Human Performance Laboratory and Fatigue Clinic at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, as well as consultant in the Division of Cardiology and director of the cardiac rehabilitation program at Vrijie Universiteit Brussel.

 

Birgitta Evengard, M.D, Ph.D.
Board Member, Chairman Conference Planning Committee, IACFS
Associate Professor, Department Laboratory Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Medical Doctor Karolinska Institutet 1979, ECFMG 1979, PhD 1989, associate professor 1994, adjunct lecturer 2000. Specialist in infectious diseases and clinical immunology, Senior Consultant Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge. Published more than 75 scientific papers and has been cited more than1500 times. Author of 8 books and 16 chapters. Supervised 3 Ph.D. students, currently supervising 4. Guest researcher at Harvard Medical School, UCI, Institut Pasteur (Lille, France). Board member of the Stockholm County Council, responsible for gender equality from a sustainable perspective.

Patricia A. Fennell, MSW, LCSW-R
Board Member, IACFS
President/CEO, Albany Health Management Associates
Ms. Fennell is a researcher and clinician specializing in chronic illness and trauma. She is CEO of Albany Health Management, Inc. an organization which treats and examines emerging global health care concerns through clinical care, consulting, professional education, doctoral training for the State Univ. of New York, and collaborative research with the international scientific community using Ms. Fennell’s research-validated "Four-Phase Model". Described as the Kubler-Ross of chronic illness, she is a frequently invited lecturer and keynote speaker throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe Recent scholarly and trade publications include: Managing Chronic Illness: The Four Phase Treatment Approach (Wiley and Sons) and The Chronic Illness Workbook (New Harbinger).

Patricia D. Fero, MEPD
Executive Director, Wisconsin CFS Association, Inc.
With a Master’s degree in Education, and 10 years teaching experience in an at risk program for high school students, I left teaching in 1989 because I was too ill to continue.In addition, my son, now deceased from viral myocarditis, was, at an early age showing CFS symptoms. I have longstanding interest and experience in all aspects of CFS from talking with thousands of patients to dealing with pediatric issues to trying to understand complex CFS funding research problems.

 

Fred Friedberg, Ph.D.
Board Member, IACFS
Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
Fred Friedberg, PhD is a psychologist and an assistant professor in the psychiatry department at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY.He currently holds an NIH career development award to transition from a private practitioner of 20 years to a chronic fatigue researcher.Dr. Friedberg has authored six books and a number of peer review articles on CFS, fibromyalgia, and chemical sensitivity.

Ronald Glaser, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Behavioral Medicine & Professor, Molecular Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics, Ohio State University, Medical Center
Dr. Glaser has studied the role of human oncogenic herpesviruses and cancer for several years focusing primarily on Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) latency and the replication of EBV in epithelial cells in order to help understand the role that EBV plays in the etiology of nasopharyngeal carcinoma.He is past Chair of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, past Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Medicine and is past Associate Vice President for Research at the OhioStateUniversity.Since the early 1980s, he has worked closely with Dr. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser devoting much of his effort to the field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) studying the interactions between the central nervous system, the immune system and the endocrine system, how stress modulates these systems and the health implications for these interactions.His work has focused on stress and herpesvirus latency, vaccine responses, wound healing and the role that stress may play as a co-factor in the etiology and progression of malignant disease.He has published 284 articles and book chapters in the area of viral oncology and in the area of stress and immune function.

 

Alan R. Gurwitt, M.D.
Former Associate Clinical Professor, YaleChildStudyCenter & University of Conn.School of Medicine
Former Lecturer, Harvard Medical (CambridgeHospital)
Dr. Gurwitt graduated from the Yale School of Medicine in 1956. He completed his Internship at Maimonides Hospital, and residency in adult and child psychiatry at the Yale Dept. of Psychiatry and Yale Child Study Center (1957-1961). Dr. Gurwitt was a member of the United States Army Medical Corps from 1961-1963.He has served as Medical Director of the Clifford Beers Guidance Clinic 1963-1970, Consultant to High Meadows and Riverview Hospital (CT) 1970-1980 held academic appointments as Clinical faculty of Yale Child Study Center and Yale New Haven Dept. of Pediatrics, Co-Chair AACAP Commission on the American Indian Child, served as clinical faculty in the Division of Child Psychiatry University of Connecticut, and lecturer at Harvard Medical School.He is a Board Member of the Mass. CFS Association and Co-editor of two books on fatherhood.

 

Eleanor Z. Hanna, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Special Projects and Centers, Office of Research on Women’s Health, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health
Chair, NIH Working Group on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Office of the Director, NIH
Advisory Committee, Women’s Health Agenda for the 21st Century, American Psychological Association
Dr. Hanna was educated at the Girl’s Latin School and Boston University.She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Boston University in 1971 and did post-graduate training as a Clinical and Research Fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.In addition to her clinical, research, and teaching responsibilities Dr. Hanna also taught courses in Child Development, Social Psychology and the Psychology of Women at Northeastern University.She has served on a number of public advisory boards and as a research consultant to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.Prior to joining the ORWH Dr. Hanna served as a Scientific Advisor to the Director of Biometry and Epidemiology at the NIAAA where she was responsible for the Institute’s efforts in a collaborative clinical trial.The Prevention and Treatment of Hypertension Study.She has served on the NIH Coordinating Committee for Research on Women’s Health as well as its research subcommittee and as a reviewer for the NIH Research enhancement Awards Program.

 

Marcia L. Harmon
Director of Communications, CFIDS Association of America
Marcia Harmon is the Director of Communications for the CFIDS Association of America. She brings more than two decades of experience in communications, public relations, publishing, fund-raising and media relations to her work with the CFIDS Association. She has extensive expertise working with non-profits and developing strategic and tactical marketing and communications plans. In addition to overseeing the publications program, Marcia is responsible for all PR, media relations and communications functions of the organization. During her career, Marcia’s work in marketing communications has garnered many national awards. Marcia joined the staff in January 2004.

 

Richard K. Herrell, Ph.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow, NIMH, National Institutes of Health, Section on Develop. Genetic Epidemiology, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Herrell has a distinguished academic career, he holds both a masters and doctorate in Anthropology, graduating with his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1978 and a masters and doctorate in Public Health Sciences graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001, Dr. Herrell wrote his doctoral thesis on Chronic Fatigue and its Psychiatric Comorbidity in Two Minority Populations.Dr. Herrell was the 2001 recipient of the IACFS (then known as AACFS) Junior Investigator Award.He is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow with the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health Section on Developmental Genetic Epidemiology Intramural Program on Mood and Anxiety Disorders.

 

Leonard Jason, Ph.D.
Vice President, IACFS
Professor, Clinical and Community Psychology, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Dr. Jason is a Professor of Clinical and Community Psychology at DePaul University in Chicago. He is the Director of the Center for Community Research at DePaul University. He has been conducting epidemiological research in the CFS area since 1991, and currently has been working on issues involving differential diagnosis, assessment, pediatric case definition, longitudinal follow-ups, and non-pharmacological treatment
approaches.

 

Yoshitaka Kajimoto, M.D.
President and CEO, Soiken, Inc.
Affiliate Professor of Medicine, WakayamaMedicalUniversity
Dr. Kajimoto received his doctorate in medicine in 1985 from Osaka University School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan.Dr. Kajimoto was a post-doctoral Research Fellow, with the Metabolism Division, in the Department of Internal Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine and the Department of Internal Medicine Osaka University.He previously served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Therapeutics at the Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine.In 1996 Dr. Kajimoto won the Novo Nordisk Growth Award, the Japan Endocrine Society Investigator’s Award and the Japan Diabetes Society Lilly Award.He is currently President and CEO of Soiken, Inc and holds an academic position as Affiliate Professor of Medicine, Wakayama Medical University.

 

Jonathan R Kerr, BSc, MBBCh, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPath.
Senior Lecturer in Inflammation, Sir Joseph Hotung Clinical
Hon. Consultant in Microbiology, St George’s Univ. of London
Jonathan Kerr was born in Ireland in 1963, qualified in medicine from Queen’s University of Belfast (1987), and completed training as a medical microbiologist (1995). He has worked as a microbiologist in Belfast, Manchester and London, taking up post as a Consultant Senior Lecturer in Microbiology at Royal Brompton Hospital / Imperial College in June 2001, and then Sir Joseph Hotung Clinical Senior Lecturer in Inflammation at ST. George’s University of London in 2005. His interest in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) began during a study of parvovirus B19 infection, when he showed that a percentage of infected cases developed CFS which persisted for several years. He is now the principal investigator in a program me of research in CFS. This involves development of a diagnostic test using mass spectrometry, analysis of human and viral gene expression. He is funded by the CFS Research Foundation (www.cfsrf.com) and leads a research group at St. George’s.

 

Nancy Klimas, M.D.
President, IACFS
Professor of Medicine, Psychology, Microbiology & Immunology, University of Miami
Nancy Klimas, MD is the President of the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.She is a Professor of Medicine, Psychology, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami School of Medicine and the Miami VA Medical Center.Dr. Klimas directs the UM/VAMC Gulf War and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research Center, initiated with an NIH Center Award, and supported by VA and NIH funds.The Center has focused on better understanding of the neuro-immune-endocrine interactions in CFS and GWI, and their role in the pathogenesis of these complex disorders.More recently the Center has developed a genomics project comparing gene expression before and after an exercise challenge in GWI and CFS.She is working with the CFIDS Association of America and the Centers of Disease Control to develop core curriculum in the training of health care professionals.She is leading an international collaborative group of clinicians, linked with a common web-based set of clinical assessment tools, to begin a natural history study of CFS.She continues to work nationally and internationally to bring a better understanding of CFS and GWI to clinicians and policy makers.

Anthony L. Komaroff, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Komaroff is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Senior Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and is Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Health Publications.He was the Chief of General Medicine at Brigham & Women's Hospital for 15 years, and also served as the Hospital’s VP for Information Systems.Dr. Komaroff has an ongoing research program on chronic fatigue syndrome, and has published over 230 research articles and book chapters. He has served as a member of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Coordinating Committee and the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Council of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Review Committee on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and an Advisory Committee on Adverse Health Outcomes of the Gulf War for the U.S. Institute of Medicine/ National Academy of Sciences.In recognition of his work, Dr. Komaroff has been elected to fellowship in the AmericanCollege of Physicians and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

 

Hirohiko Kuratsune, M.D., D. Med. Sci
Professor,Faculty of Health Science for Welfare,Kansai University of Welfare Sciences,
Visiting Professor, Clinical Center for Fatigue Science, Osaka City University Medical, School
Dr. Kuratsune is the Director of the Japanese Society of Fatigue, and Chairman of the Japanese committee for revising diagnostic criteria of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.He is a visiting Professor of the ClinicalCenter for fatigue Science, Osaka City University Medical School, and sees patients with chronic fatigue.

 

Gudrun Lange, Ph.D.
Director, War Related Illness and Injury Study Center, Department of Veterans Affairs-NJ HealthCare System
Professor, Radiology and Psychiatry, UMDNJ-NJMS
Clinical Neuropsychologist
Gudrun Lange, PhD is a licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist and a Professor of Radiology and Psychiatry at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.In addition to her private practice, her main research interests over the past 10 years include the assessment and study of the cognitive and behavioral aspects of chronic pain and persistent fatigue.Dr. Lange has received NIH funding for her neuroimaging work in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and is currently implementing an NIH funded clinical trial to assess it is safe to use Vagus Nerve Stimulation for the treatment of Fibromyalgia pain.  Dr. Lange is also the Director of the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC). She brings to the WRIISC both her clinical as well as research knowledge to help veterans understand their deployment related health concerns. She has published many papers on the subject of fatigue and pain in both civilian as well as military populations and has given many presentations to professional as well as public groups.

Charles Lapp, M.D.
Board Member, IACFS
Private Practice Clinician, Raleigh, NC
Clinical Professor, Duke University
Dr. Lapp received his medical degree from the Albany Medical College, and took his residency program at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He has practiced internal medicine and pediatrics in North Carolina since 1978, and began researching CFS and FM in 1985 following an epidemic in Raleigh. In 1995 Dr. Lapp opened a consultation practice in Charlotte, NC, specializing in CFS, Fibromyalgia, and related disorders. He has written numerous articles and has spoken widely about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. He is active in both civic and professional activities. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Board of
Independent Medical Examiners. Dr. Lapp is a consultant to the Center for Disease Control and a co-author of the CFS Provider Education Course. He was tapped by Secretary Tommy Thompson of the Department of Health & Human Services to
advise the federal government on CFS-related issues. He is a medical advisor to the CFIDS Association of America, a member of the Scientific Advisory Council, and a board member of the International Association for CFS and FM (IACFS).

K. Kimberly McCleary
President & Chief Executive Officer, CFIDS Assoc. of America
Since 1991, Kim McCleary has led the CFIDS Association of America’s education, public policy and research programs which seek to bring an end to CFIDS and the suffering it causes.She played a key role in bringing to light the misuse of $13 million in CFS research funds by the Centers for Disease Control and in building Congressional support for the restoration of those funds to the CFS research program.She also worked closely with the Social Security Administration to develop a policy ruling identifying CFS as a potentially disabling condition, making it easier for disabled CFS patients to gain access to federal disability benefits.She served on the Department of Health and Human Services CFS Coordinating Committee from 1996 until 2001, has testified before Congress numerous times and was selected by Redbook Magazine as one of their “Mothers and Shakers” promoting progress in health.

 

Lee Meisel, M.D., J.D., MPH
Board Member, IACFS
President, Windsor Bay Capital, Inc., Managing Member, Orion Capital Group, LLC.
Director, Targa Therapeutics Corporation
Scientific Advisory Board, Epiphany Biosciences, Inc.
Consultant, HHV-6 Foundation,(an organization for which he was one of the founding directors)
Dr. Meisel previously was Vice President, Operations and director of CPS Chemical Corporation. While at CPS Chemical, he was a member of the executive management team that sold the company to Allied Colloids in the United Kingdom.At CPS, he was co-inventor of several patented chemical processes that covered numerous patented new compositions of matter.Dr. Meisel has worked as a corporate and securities attorney for the biotechnology industry at Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison in Palo Alto, California and as Chief of the Department of Anesthesia for Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco. He received his law degree from Stanford Law School and completed his medical training as a fellow in critical care medicine and a resident in anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School.His Masters of Public Health degree is from the Harvard School of Public Health.

 

Teruhisa Miike, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Child Development, Faculty of Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, KumamotoUniversityGraduateSchool, Kumamoto, Japan  Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Japanese Society of Child Neurology
Dr. Miike has held several academic appointments most recently he is Professor in the Department of Child Development, Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Kumamoto University Graduate School.His research has focused on solving patho-mechanism of muscle degradation in Duchenne muscular dystrophy since 1970 to present. Since 1985, he also started try to reveal backgrounds of pseudoseizure using 24hrs EEG recording. He has developed an interest in psychosomatic disorders and school phobia in Japan. He reports that he has an indication that CFS is dysfunction of central nervous system, especially limbic system and has focused current research around that premise.

 

William C. Reeves, M.D., MSc.
Chief Viral Exanthems and Herpesvirus Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Reeves received his doctorate in medicine in 1969 from the University of California San Francisco.His experience since then is extensive! He has previous academic appointments on the faculties of Emory University School of Medicine and the University of Washington at Seattle, served as Director and Chief of the Department of Virology/Epidemiology at Gorgas Memorial Laboratory.He is currently the Chief of the Viral Exanthems and Herpesvirus Branch with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA and is the principal investigator for the CDD Prevention CFS research program.

Kazuhito Rokutan, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor & Director, Department of Stress Science,
Institute of Health Biosciences, The University of Tokushima Graduate School, Tokushima, Japan
Dr. Rokutan received his doctorate in medicine in 1979 from the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine; he subsequently received a second doctorate (Ph.D.) in Medicine in 1988 also from Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine.Dr. Rokutan has research backgrounds in molecular stress response and oxygen radical biology. Most recently, he has developed an original microarray specifically designed to assess stress response in peripheral blood cells. Using the expression microarray and bioinformatics,we have succeeded to objectively assess individual response to acute and chronic psychological stresses and to detect pathological stress responses associated with stress-related disorders including mood disorders. He is now developing new biomental tools useful for mental health care which he believes will provide a unique approach and will open a new field of stress research in medical sciences.Dr. Rokutan is currently Professor and Director in the department of Stress Science, Institute of Health Biosciences, University of Tokushima Graduate School in Tokushima, Japan.

Katherine Rowe, MB.BS, M.D. Melb, MPH Grad Dip Int Health Monash, DipEd London, FRACP
Senior Consultant Physician, Department of General Paediatrics, Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), Melbourne
Academic Fellow / Senior Lecturer, Department of Paediatrics, The Univ. of Melbourne, and Murdoch Children’s Research Inst.
Dr. Rowe is a Senior Consultant Physician in the Department of General Paediatrics, and in the Centre for Adolescent Health, at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.In addition to her medical qualifications (MB.BS, MD), she has a Masters degree in Public Health (MPH), a Graduate Diploma in International Health, a post-graduate Diploma in Child Development and Health and Welfare Education (DipEd) from the University of London, Institute of Education.For her doctoral research (MD), she examined children's behavioral reactions to the ingestion of synthetic food colourings.Kathy is a Fellow of the RoyalAustralasianCollege of Physicians (MRACP - 1974, FRACP 1977). Dr. Rowe has held a Resident appointment at the RoyalMelbourneHospital, and Resident, Registrar and Consultant Physician appointments at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH).She has also held academic appointments in the Department of Paediatrics of The University of Melbourne, consisting of teaching, clinical and research responsibilities, including the co-ordination of the undergraduate medical students’ training program in paediatrics between 1986 and 1997. Dr Rowe has extensive clinical and research experience in the management of children and adolescents with behavioral and learning difficulties (ADD; AD/HD), as well as those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Akikazu Sakudo, Ph.D.
Research Associate, Department of Virology, Center for Infectious Disease Control, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University, Department of Physiology, Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan

Joan L. Shaver, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN
Professor and Dean, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), College of Nursing
Joan Shaver, PhD, RN, FAAN is currently is professor and dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).She has served on the National Advisory Council for the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health and is currently on the Health Advisory Committee of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research in Canada.Dr. Shaver is on the Board of Directors for Advocate HealthCare; one of the largest fully integrated not-for-profit health care delivery system in metropolitan Chicago and also is a member of the Governing Council for Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.She is immediate past president of the American Academy of Nursing, an entity of the American Nurses Association composed of over 1500 peer-elected top nursing leaders in the U.S.Dr. Shaver holds a Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the School of Medicine and a masters degree from the School of Nursing (both from U. of Washington, Seattle). As a biobehaviorist, Dr. Shaver has conducted research in women’s health for over two decades.Her interests are currently focused on stress and sleep-related issues within a set of conditions that disproportionately affect women, including fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.She has published her scientific work in sleep, medical and nursing journals, including Sleep, Journal of Rheumatology, Psychosomatic Medicine and Research in Nursing & Health.

Marly C. Silverman
Founder , Patient Alliance for Neuroendocrineimmune Disorders Organization for Research and Advocacy (P.A.N.D.O.R.A.)

Umberto Tirelli, M.D.
Director, Department of Medical Oncology, National Cancer Institute, Aviano, Italy
Dr. Tirelli received his medical degree in 1974 from the University of Modena.Between 1979 and 1990 he completed specialty training in Hematology from the University of Trieste, Oncology from the University of Genoa and Infectious Disease from the University of Modena.Dr. Tirelli has been published over 400 times on the topics of AIDS, Tumors and most recently CFS.He is currently the Director, of the department of Medical Oncology at the National Cancer Institute in Aviano, Italy and serves as Chief of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Unit of the Centro di Riferimento Oncologico of Aviano, National Cancer Institute.

 

Susan Torres-Harding, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, RooseveltUniversity, Chicago, IL
Dr. Susan Torres-Harding received her PhD from the clinical psychology doctoral program at DePaul University in 2001.She has conducted research in the field of chronic fatigue syndrome since 1996 as a member of the DePaul University chronic fatigue syndrome research team, headed by Dr. Leonard Jason. Her research has focused specifically on ethnic issues in chronic fatigue and evaluating the efficacy of cognitive behavior therapy treatments for CFS.She is currently an assistant professor of psychology at Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL.

Elke L.S. Van Hoof, Ph.D.
Professor Medical & Health Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Brussell, Belgium
Dr. Van Hoof is a clinical psychologist specialized in stress-related disorders.Since 1999 she has counseled numerous patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome.Her work in chronic fatigue syndrome resulted in her Ph.D. dissertation in 2003.Currently she is assigned as professor in medical psychology and health psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussell, Belgium and at the University of Hasselt, Belgium.

Suzanne D. Vernon, Ph.D.
Research Biologist & Human Genomics Team Leader, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
For the past 6 years, Dr. Vernon has directed the Molecular Epidemiology Program in the Viral Exanthems and Herpesvirus Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta Georgia. Under Dr. Vernon's leadership, the Molecular Epidemiology Program objectives are to characterize chronic fatigue syndrome at a systems biology level by integrating genomics, proteomics, physiology and population-based epidemiology. To accomplish this, Dr. Vernon has been instrumental in building a multidisciplinary team of molecular biologists, biostatisticians, epidemiologists and clinicians. The Molecular Epidemiology Program has implemented an intramural effort in gene expression profiling and proteomics applied to population-based and model system studies and integrated these using powerful web-based bioinformatics. Dr. Vernon's ultimate goal for the Molecular Epidemiology program is biomarker discovery, development of a diagnostic assay, and understanding of the pathogenesis of CFS.

Yasuyoshi Watanabe, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Physiology, OsakaCityUniversityGraduateSchool of Medicine
After graduating from the Kyoto University Faculty of Medicine in 1976, Dr. Watanabe went on to complete a course at the Graduate School of Medicine at the same institution (1980, Ph.D.). In 1981, he became an instructor at KyotoUniversityRadioisotopeResearchCenter, followed by a post as a lecturer at the Department of Medical Chemistry, OsakaMedicalCollege, and a subsequent appointment as Department head of the Neuroscience Department of the Osaka Bioscience Institute in1987. In 1995, he was appointed adjungerad professor at the University of Uppsala in Sweden, Department of Medical Pharmacology. He took up his current post as of 1999. Since 1999, he has been engaged in the Japanese governmental research Special Coordination Fund for Promoting Science and Technology from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, as project leader on the subject of “Molecular/neural mechanisms of fatigue and fatigue sensation and development of the ways to overcome fatigue.” As of last year, he has served as a “Center of Excellenceproject leader for the Ministry’s 21st Century COE Program innovative technology discipline known as “Base to Overcome Fatigue.” He is also an executive member of the board of the Japanese Society of Fatigue Science.
Dr. Watanabe specializes in themes such as the molecular/neural mechanisms of fatigue and fatigue sensation; the brain development disorders/the checking mechanisms of normal development; the role of arachidonic acid cascade in the central nervous system; molecular imaging and neurochemical dissection of the brain using PET for elucidation of higher brain function; etc. He has published over 300 articles and other publications, of which major works include “Fatigue and Science” (Kodansha Ltd.), “The Danger of Chronic Fatigue,” etc.

Faculty Biographies

Dharam V. Ablashi, DVM, MS, Dip. Bact.
Co-Founder, Past President and Treasurer, IACFS
Adjunct Professor of Microbiology, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Scientific Director, HHV-6 Foundation
Dharam Ablashi joined the National Cancer Center (NCI) at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in 1969 and served there for 22 years as a Research Microbiologist, Head of DNA Viruses Section and Coordinator of DNA Viruses.He is internationally known for his work on Human and Primate herpesviruses.In 1986, while working in Dr. Robert Gallo’s Lab at NCI, he co-discovered HHV-6 and contributed numerous articles in this field.Dr. Ablashi is co –founder of the Epstein-Barr Virus Association and the American Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (AACFS).He also served as President of AACFS from 2003 to 2004.He is co-author of two books on HHV-6 the first in 1992 and the second was released in 2006.After retiring from NCI/NIH, Dr. Ablashi served as director of Herpesvirus Programs at Advanced Biotechnologies Inc.He is an adjunct Professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine and Scientific Director of the HHV-6 Foundation.He served as a consultant and advisor to many profit and non-profit organizations, including United Nations, WHO and NASA.He also helped organize the last four international conferences on HHV-6, HHV-7 and HHV-8.

 

Lucinda Bateman, M.D.
Board Member, IACFS
Adjunct Clinical Faculty, University of Utah, Department of Internal Medicine
Adjunct Instructor, University of Utah, Family and Preventive Medicine
Dr. Bateman completed her medical training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, returned to the University of Utah for an internal medicine residency, and became certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1991. She practiced general internal medicine until 2000. In 2000 Dr. Bateman changed her focus, opened a fatigue consultation clinic and has since evaluated more than 800 patients with unexplained chronic fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). Dr. Bateman believes chronic fatigue warrants a thorough and cross-disciplinary approach that is often difficult to do in today's primary care setting. Dr. Bateman 's goal in establishing her fatigue consultation clinic and the non-profit, OFFER (Organization for Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Education and Research), is to encourage a more thoughtful evaluation process, better sharing of information, and joint research efforts aimed at understanding the cause(s) of CFS and FM. She has given many lectures on issues relating to CFS and FM. In addition to serving on the Board of the IACFS, she is the co-founder, prior Executive Director, and present board member of the Utah-based non-profit, OFFER, and the Chair of Easter Seals Utah. (2005)

 

David Bell, M.D. FAAP
Board Member, IACFS
Chairman, CFS Advisory Committee of the Department of Health and Human Services
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of NY at Buffalo
Dr. Bell is a graduate of HarvardUniversity with an AB degree in English Literature in 1967, and Boston University School of Medicine with an MD degree in 1971.He completed pediatric specialty training in 1976, with subspecialty training in Behavior Disorders of Childhood.In 1979 he settled in Lydonville, NY where he operates a family practice.In 1985 he studied an outbreak of an illness that has subsequently been called Chronic Fatigue-Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, also know as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.He has presented materials at numerous medical conferences around the world, has published papers in leading medical journals and has written several books on this subject.Dr. Bell currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and as Editor of the IACFS Newsletter.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently appointed Dr. Bell to the position of Chairman of the newly formed CFS Advisory Committee.The committee, for which he recently concluded his second year of service, consists of biomedical research scientists, health care experts, and representatives from volunteer organizations concerned with people with CFS.

Karen J. Berkley, Ph.D.
McKenzie and Distinguished Research Professor, Program in Neuroscience, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Karen J. Berkley, PhD is McKenzie Professor and Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL USA.She graduated from Brown University in 1963 (Biology), and received her Ph.D. from University of Washington, Dept. of Physiology & Biophysics and Psychology in 1968.She has been at FSU since then where her basic and translational research program uses a combination of behavioral, neurophysiological, physiological, pharmacological, neuroanatomical, and brain imaging methods to address the general issue of neural mechanisms of pelvic pain and pelvic function. Her current research uses a rodent model of endometriosis to investigate mechanisms of the pains of endometriosis and how it co-occurs with other clinical disorders (one of which is chronic fatigue syndrome). Her group’s most recent discovery is that the ectopic endometrial growths harvested from both the rodent model and women develop their own sensory and autonomic nerve supply, the characteristics of which may correlate with symptoms.She is also known for her published reviews and lectures on sex differences in pain. She has been funded continuously since 1974 by NIH and sometimes NSF, published more than 100 scientific publications, served on the editorial boards of numerous scientific journals (currently: Pain, The Journal of Pain, and Somatosensory & Motor Research), was a councilor for both the Society for Neuroscience and the International Association for the Study of Pain, served on three committees of the National Academy of Sciences, and is a frequent speaker at national and international scientific conferences.

Daniel J. Clauw, M.D.
Assistant Dean for Clinical & Translational Research, Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Director, Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Dr. Clauw is Assistant Dean for Clinical and Translation Research and Professor of Medicine at the University of Michigan. Additionally, he directs the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center and the Center for the Advancement of Clinical Research. His primary research interest is on overlapping chronic pain and fatigue syndromes such as fibromyalgia, CFS and Gulf War Illness and the role of central nervous system dysfunction in the development of these syndromes.He leads a multidisciplinary team of collaborators committed to identifying chronic pain syndrome risk factors and the establishment of programs aimed at the most effective treatment and prevention of this spectrum of illnesses.

 

Kenny De Meirleir, MD, Ph.D.
Professor of Physiology, Pathophysiology and Medicine, Vrije Universiteit, Brussels Belgium
Kenny L. De Meirleir, MD received his medical degree at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Magna cum laude. He is a Professor of Physiology and exercise physiology and Professor of Medicine at the University of Brussels. His research activities in Chronic Fatigue date back to 1990. His other research activities in exercise physiology, metabolism and endocrinology have led to the Solvay Prize and the NATO research award. He is director of the Human Performance Laboratory and Fatigue Clinic at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, as well as consultant in the Division of Cardiology and director of the cardiac rehabilitation program at Vrijie Universiteit Brussel.

 

Birgitta Evengard, M.D, Ph.D.
Board Member, Chairman Conference Planning Committee, IACFS
Associate Professor, Department Laboratory Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Medical Doctor Karolinska Institutet 1979, ECFMG 1979, PhD 1989, associate professor 1994, adjunct lecturer 2000. Specialist in infectious diseases and clinical immunology, Senior Consultant Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge. Published more than 75 scientific papers and has been cited more than1500 times. Author of 8 books and 16 chapters. Supervised 3 Ph.D. students, currently supervising 4. Guest researcher at Harvard Medical School, UCI, Institut Pasteur (Lille, France). Board member of the Stockholm County Council, responsible for gender equality from a sustainable perspective.

Patricia A. Fennell, MSW, LCSW-R
Board Member, IACFS
President/CEO, Albany Health Management Associates
Ms. Fennell is a researcher and clinician specializing in chronic illness and trauma. She is CEO of Albany Health Management, Inc. an organization which treats and examines emerging global health care concerns through clinical care, consulting, professional education, doctoral training for the State Univ. of New York, and collaborative research with the international scientific community using Ms. Fennell’s research-validated "Four-Phase Model". Described as the Kubler-Ross of chronic illness, she is a frequently invited lecturer and keynote speaker throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe Recent scholarly and trade publications include: Managing Chronic Illness: The Four Phase Treatment Approach (Wiley and Sons) and The Chronic Illness Workbook (New Harbinger).

Patricia D. Fero, MEPD
Executive Director, Wisconsin CFS Association, Inc.
With a Master’s degree in Education, and 10 years teaching experience in an at risk program for high school students, I left teaching in 1989 because I was too ill to continue.In addition, my son, now deceased from viral myocarditis, was, at an early age showing CFS symptoms. I have longstanding interest and experience in all aspects of CFS from talking with thousands of patients to dealing with pediatric issues to trying to understand complex CFS funding research problems.

 

Fred Friedberg, Ph.D.
Board Member, IACFS
Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
Fred Friedberg, PhD is a psychologist and an assistant professor in the psychiatry department at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY.He currently holds an NIH career development award to transition from a private practitioner of 20 years to a chronic fatigue researcher.Dr. Friedberg has authored six books and a number of peer review articles on CFS, fibromyalgia, and chemical sensitivity.

Ronald Glaser, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Behavioral Medicine & Professor, Molecular Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics, Ohio State University, Medical Center
Dr. Glaser has studied the role of human oncogenic herpesviruses and cancer for several years focusing primarily on Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) latency and the replication of EBV in epithelial cells in order to help understand the role that EBV plays in the etiology of nasopharyngeal carcinoma.He is past Chair of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, past Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Medicine and is past Associate Vice President for Research at the OhioStateUniversity.Since the early 1980s, he has worked closely with Dr. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser devoting much of his effort to the field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) studying the interactions between the central nervous system, the immune system and the endocrine system, how stress modulates these systems and the health implications for these interactions.His work has focused on stress and herpesvirus latency, vaccine responses, wound healing and the role that stress may play as a co-factor in the etiology and progression of malignant disease.He has published 284 articles and book chapters in the area of viral oncology and in the area of stress and immune function.

 

Alan R. Gurwitt, M.D.
Former Associate Clinical Professor, YaleChildStudyCenter & University of Conn.School of Medicine
Former Lecturer, Harvard Medical (CambridgeHospital)
Dr. Gurwitt graduated from the Yale School of Medicine in 1956. He completed his Internship at Maimonides Hospital, and residency in adult and child psychiatry at the Yale Dept. of Psychiatry and Yale Child Study Center (1957-1961). Dr. Gurwitt was a member of the United States Army Medical Corps from 1961-1963.He has served as Medical Director of the Clifford Beers Guidance Clinic 1963-1970, Consultant to High Meadows and Riverview Hospital (CT) 1970-1980 held academic appointments as Clinical faculty of Yale Child Study Center and Yale New Haven Dept. of Pediatrics, Co-Chair AACAP Commission on the American Indian Child, served as clinical faculty in the Division of Child Psychiatry University of Connecticut, and lecturer at Harvard Medical School.He is a Board Member of the Mass. CFS Association and Co-editor of two books on fatherhood.

 

Eleanor Z. Hanna, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Special Projects and Centers, Office of Research on Women’s Health, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health
Chair, NIH Working Group on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Office of the Director, NIH
Advisory Committee, Women’s Health Agenda for the 21st Century, American Psychological Association
Dr. Hanna was educated at the Girl’s Latin School and Boston University.She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Boston University in 1971 and did post-graduate training as a Clinical and Research Fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.In addition to her clinical, research, and teaching responsibilities Dr. Hanna also taught courses in Child Development, Social Psychology and the Psychology of Women at Northeastern University.She has served on a number of public advisory boards and as a research consultant to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.Prior to joining the ORWH Dr. Hanna served as a Scientific Advisor to the Director of Biometry and Epidemiology at the NIAAA where she was responsible for the Institute’s efforts in a collaborative clinical trial.The Prevention and Treatment of Hypertension Study.She has served on the NIH Coordinating Committee for Research on Women’s Health as well as its research subcommittee and as a reviewer for the NIH Research enhancement Awards Program.

 

Marcia L. Harmon
Director of Communications, CFIDS Association of America
Marcia Harmon is the Director of Communications for the CFIDS Association of America. She brings more than two decades of experience in communications, public relations, publishing, fund-raising and media relations to her work with the CFIDS Association. She has extensive expertise working with non-profits and developing strategic and tactical marketing and communications plans. In addition to overseeing the publications program, Marcia is responsible for all PR, media relations and communications functions of the organization. During her career, Marcia’s work in marketing communications has garnered many national awards. Marcia joined the staff in January 2004.

 

Richard K. Herrell, Ph.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow, NIMH, National Institutes of Health, Section on Develop. Genetic Epidemiology, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Herrell has a distinguished academic career, he holds both a masters and doctorate in Anthropology, graduating with his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1978 and a masters and doctorate in Public Health Sciences graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001, Dr. Herrell wrote his doctoral thesis on Chronic Fatigue and its Psychiatric Comorbidity in Two Minority Populations.Dr. Herrell was the 2001 recipient of the IACFS (then known as AACFS) Junior Investigator Award.He is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow with the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health Section on Developmental Genetic Epidemiology Intramural Program on Mood and Anxiety Disorders.

 

Leonard Jason, Ph.D.
Vice President, IACFS
Professor, Clinical and Community Psychology, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Dr. Jason is a Professor of Clinical and Community Psychology at DePaul University in Chicago. He is the Director of the Center for Community Research at DePaul University. He has been conducting epidemiological research in the CFS area since 1991, and currently has been working on issues involving differential diagnosis, assessment, pediatric case definition, longitudinal follow-ups, and non-pharmacological treatment
approaches.

 

Yoshitaka Kajimoto, M.D.
President and CEO, Soiken, Inc.
Affiliate Professor of Medicine, WakayamaMedicalUniversity
Dr. Kajimoto received his doctorate in medicine in 1985 from Osaka University School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan.Dr. Kajimoto was a post-doctoral Research Fellow, with the Metabolism Division, in the Department of Internal Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine and the Department of Internal Medicine Osaka University.He previously served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Therapeutics at the Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine.In 1996 Dr. Kajimoto won the Novo Nordisk Growth Award, the Japan Endocrine Society Investigator’s Award and the Japan Diabetes Society Lilly Award.He is currently President and CEO of Soiken, Inc and holds an academic position as Affiliate Professor of Medicine, Wakayama Medical University.

 

Jonathan R Kerr, BSc, MBBCh, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPath.
Senior Lecturer in Inflammation, Sir Joseph Hotung Clinical
Hon. Consultant in Microbiology, St George’s Univ. of London
Jonathan Kerr was born in Ireland in 1963, qualified in medicine from Queen’s University of Belfast (1987), and completed training as a medical microbiologist (1995). He has worked as a microbiologist in Belfast, Manchester and London, taking up post as a Consultant Senior Lecturer in Microbiology at Royal Brompton Hospital / Imperial College in June 2001, and then Sir Joseph Hotung Clinical Senior Lecturer in Inflammation at ST. George’s University of London in 2005. His interest in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) began during a study of parvovirus B19 infection, when he showed that a percentage of infected cases developed CFS which persisted for several years. He is now the principal investigator in a program me of research in CFS. This involves development of a diagnostic test using mass spectrometry, analysis of human and viral gene expression. He is funded by the CFS Research Foundation (www.cfsrf.com) and leads a research group at St. George’s.

 

Nancy Klimas, M.D.
President, IACFS
Professor of Medicine, Psychology, Microbiology & Immunology, University of Miami
Nancy Klimas, MD is the President of the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.She is a Professor of Medicine, Psychology, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami School of Medicine and the Miami VA Medical Center.Dr. Klimas directs the UM/VAMC Gulf War and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research Center, initiated with an NIH Center Award, and supported by VA and NIH funds.The Center has focused on better understanding of the neuro-immune-endocrine interactions in CFS and GWI, and their role in the pathogenesis of these complex disorders.More recently the Center has developed a genomics project comparing gene expression before and after an exercise challenge in GWI and CFS.She is working with the CFIDS Association of America and the Centers of Disease Control to develop core curriculum in the training of health care professionals.She is leading an international collaborative group of clinicians, linked with a common web-based set of clinical assessment tools, to begin a natural history study of CFS.She continues to work nationally and internationally to bring a better understanding of CFS and GWI to clinicians and policy makers.

Anthony L. Komaroff, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Komaroff is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Senior Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and is Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Health Publications.He was the Chief of General Medicine at Brigham & Women's Hospital for 15 years, and also served as the Hospital’s VP for Information Systems.Dr. Komaroff has an ongoing research program on chronic fatigue syndrome, and has published over 230 research articles and book chapters. He has served as a member of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Coordinating Committee and the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Council of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Review Committee on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and an Advisory Committee on Adverse Health Outcomes of the Gulf War for the U.S. Institute of Medicine/ National Academy of Sciences.In recognition of his work, Dr. Komaroff has been elected to fellowship in the AmericanCollege of Physicians and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

 

Hirohiko Kuratsune, M.D., D. Med. Sci
Professor,Faculty of Health Science for Welfare,Kansai University of Welfare Sciences,
Visiting Professor, Clinical Center for Fatigue Science, Osaka City University Medical, School
Dr. Kuratsune is the Director of the Japanese Society of Fatigue, and Chairman of the Japanese committee for revising diagnostic criteria of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.He is a visiting Professor of the ClinicalCenter for fatigue Science, Osaka City University Medical School, and sees patients with chronic fatigue.

 

Gudrun Lange, Ph.D.
Director, War Related Illness and Injury Study Center, Department of Veterans Affairs-NJ HealthCare System
Professor, Radiology and Psychiatry, UMDNJ-NJMS
Clinical Neuropsychologist
Gudrun Lange, PhD is a licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist and a Professor of Radiology and Psychiatry at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.In addition to her private practice, her main research interests over the past 10 years include the assessment and study of the cognitive and behavioral aspects of chronic pain and persistent fatigue.Dr. Lange has received NIH funding for her neuroimaging work in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and is currently implementing an NIH funded clinical trial to assess it is safe to use Vagus Nerve Stimulation for the treatment of Fibromyalgia pain.  Dr. Lange is also the Director of the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC). She brings to the WRIISC both her clinical as well as research knowledge to help veterans understand their deployment related health concerns. She has published many papers on the subject of fatigue and pain in both civilian as well as military populations and has given many presentations to professional as well as public groups.

Charles Lapp, M.D.
Board Member, IACFS
Private Practice Clinician, Raleigh, NC
Clinical Professor, Duke University
Dr. Lapp received his medical degree from the Albany Medical College, and took his residency program at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He has practiced internal medicine and pediatrics in North Carolina since 1978, and began researching CFS and FM in 1985 following an epidemic in Raleigh. In 1995 Dr. Lapp opened a consultation practice in Charlotte, NC, specializing in CFS, Fibromyalgia, and related disorders. He has written numerous articles and has spoken widely about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. He is active in both civic and professional activities. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Board of
Independent Medical Examiners. Dr. Lapp is a consultant to the Center for Disease Control and a co-author of the CFS Provider Education Course. He was tapped by Secretary Tommy Thompson of the Department of Health & Human Services to
advise the federal government on CFS-related issues. He is a medical advisor to the CFIDS Association of America, a member of the Scientific Advisory Council, and a board member of the International Association for CFS and FM (IACFS).

K. Kimberly McCleary
President & Chief Executive Officer, CFIDS Assoc. of America
Since 1991, Kim McCleary has led the CFIDS Association of America’s education, public policy and research programs which seek to bring an end to CFIDS and the suffering it causes.She played a key role in bringing to light the misuse of $13 million in CFS research funds by the Centers for Disease Control and in building Congressional support for the restoration of those funds to the CFS research program.She also worked closely with the Social Security Administration to develop a policy ruling identifying CFS as a potentially disabling condition, making it easier for disabled CFS patients to gain access to federal disability benefits.She served on the Department of Health and Human Services CFS Coordinating Committee from 1996 until 2001, has testified before Congress numerous times and was selected by Redbook Magazine as one of their “Mothers and Shakers” promoting progress in health.

 

Lee Meisel, M.D., J.D., MPH
Board Member, IACFS
President, Windsor Bay Capital, Inc., Managing Member, Orion Capital Group, LLC.
Director, Targa Therapeutics Corporation
Scientific Advisory Board, Epiphany Biosciences, Inc.
Consultant, HHV-6 Foundation,(an organization for which he was one of the founding directors)
Dr. Meisel previously was Vice President, Operations and director of CPS Chemical Corporation. While at CPS Chemical, he was a member of the executive management team that sold the company to Allied Colloids in the United Kingdom.At CPS, he was co-inventor of several patented chemical processes that covered numerous patented new compositions of matter.Dr. Meisel has worked as a corporate and securities attorney for the biotechnology industry at Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison in Palo Alto, California and as Chief of the Department of Anesthesia for Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco. He received his law degree from Stanford Law School and completed his medical training as a fellow in critical care medicine and a resident in anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School.His Masters of Public Health degree is from the Harvard School of Public Health.

 

Teruhisa Miike, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Child Development, Faculty of Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, KumamotoUniversityGraduateSchool, Kumamoto, Japan  Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Japanese Society of Child Neurology
Dr. Miike has held several academic appointments most recently he is Professor in the Department of Child Development, Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Kumamoto University Graduate School.His research has focused on solving patho-mechanism of muscle degradation in Duchenne muscular dystrophy since 1970 to present. Since 1985, he also started try to reveal backgrounds of pseudoseizure using 24hrs EEG recording. He has developed an interest in psychosomatic disorders and school phobia in Japan. He reports that he has an indication that CFS is dysfunction of central nervous system, especially limbic system and has focused current research around that premise.

 

William C. Reeves, M.D., MSc.
Chief Viral Exanthems and Herpesvirus Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Reeves received his doctorate in medicine in 1969 from the University of California San Francisco.His experience since then is extensive! He has previous academic appointments on the faculties of Emory University School of Medicine and the University of Washington at Seattle, served as Director and Chief of the Department of Virology/Epidemiology at Gorgas Memorial Laboratory.He is currently the Chief of the Viral Exanthems and Herpesvirus Branch with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA and is the principal investigator for the CDD Prevention CFS research program.

Kazuhito Rokutan, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor & Director, Department of Stress Science,
Institute of Health Biosciences, The University of Tokushima Graduate School, Tokushima, Japan
Dr. Rokutan received his doctorate in medicine in 1979 from the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine; he subsequently received a second doctorate (Ph.D.) in Medicine in 1988 also from Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine.Dr. Rokutan has research backgrounds in molecular stress response and oxygen radical biology. Most recently, he has developed an original microarray specifically designed to assess stress response in peripheral blood cells. Using the expression microarray and bioinformatics,we have succeeded to objectively assess individual response to acute and chronic psychological stresses and to detect pathological stress responses associated with stress-related disorders including mood disorders. He is now developing new biomental tools useful for mental health care which he believes will provide a unique approach and will open a new field of stress research in medical sciences.Dr. Rokutan is currently Professor and Director in the department of Stress Science, Institute of Health Biosciences, University of Tokushima Graduate School in Tokushima, Japan.

Katherine Rowe, MB.BS, M.D. Melb, MPH Grad Dip Int Health Monash, DipEd London, FRACP
Senior Consultant Physician, Department of General Paediatrics, Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), Melbourne
Academic Fellow / Senior Lecturer, Department of Paediatrics, The Univ. of Melbourne, and Murdoch Children’s Research Inst.
Dr. Rowe is a Senior Consultant Physician in the Department of General Paediatrics, and in the Centre for Adolescent Health, at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.In addition to her medical qualifications (MB.BS, MD), she has a Masters degree in Public Health (MPH), a Graduate Diploma in International Health, a post-graduate Diploma in Child Development and Health and Welfare Education (DipEd) from the University of London, Institute of Education.For her doctoral research (MD), she examined children's behavioral reactions to the ingestion of synthetic food colourings.Kathy is a Fellow of the RoyalAustralasianCollege of Physicians (MRACP - 1974, FRACP 1977). Dr. Rowe has held a Resident appointment at the RoyalMelbourneHospital, and Resident, Registrar and Consultant Physician appointments at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH).She has also held academic appointments in the Department of Paediatrics of The University of Melbourne, consisting of teaching, clinical and research responsibilities, including the co-ordination of the undergraduate medical students’ training program in paediatrics between 1986 and 1997. Dr Rowe has extensive clinical and research experience in the management of children and adolescents with behavioral and learning difficulties (ADD; AD/HD), as well as those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Akikazu Sakudo, Ph.D.
Research Associate, Department of Virology, Center for Infectious Disease Control, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University, Department of Physiology, Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan

Joan L. Shaver, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN
Professor and Dean, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), College of Nursing
Joan Shaver, PhD, RN, FAAN is currently is professor and dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).She has served on the National Advisory Council for the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health and is currently on the Health Advisory Committee of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research in Canada.Dr. Shaver is on the Board of Directors for Advocate HealthCare; one of the largest fully integrated not-for-profit health care delivery system in metropolitan Chicago and also is a member of the Governing Council for Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.She is immediate past president of the American Academy of Nursing, an entity of the American Nurses Association composed of over 1500 peer-elected top nursing leaders in the U.S.Dr. Shaver holds a Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the School of Medicine and a masters degree from the School of Nursing (both from U. of Washington, Seattle). As a biobehaviorist, Dr. Shaver has conducted research in women’s health for over two decades.Her interests are currently focused on stress and sleep-related issues within a set of conditions that disproportionately affect women, including fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.She has published her scientific work in sleep, medical and nursing journals, including Sleep, Journal of Rheumatology, Psychosomatic Medicine and Research in Nursing & Health.

Marly C. Silverman
Founder , Patient Alliance for Neuroendocrineimmune Disorders Organization for Research and Advocacy (P.A.N.D.O.R.A.)

Umberto Tirelli, M.D.
Director, Department of Medical Oncology, National Cancer Institute, Aviano, Italy
Dr. Tirelli received his medical degree in 1974 from the University of Modena.Between 1979 and 1990 he completed specialty training in Hematology from the University of Trieste, Oncology from the University of Genoa and Infectious Disease from the University of Modena.Dr. Tirelli has been published over 400 times on the topics of AIDS, Tumors and most recently CFS.He is currently the Director, of the department of Medical Oncology at the National Cancer Institute in Aviano, Italy and serves as Chief of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Unit of the Centro di Riferimento Oncologico of Aviano, National Cancer Institute.

 

Susan Torres-Harding, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, RooseveltUniversity, Chicago, IL
Dr. Susan Torres-Harding received her PhD from the clinical psychology doctoral program at DePaul University in 2001.She has conducted research in the field of chronic fatigue syndrome since 1996 as a member of the DePaul University chronic fatigue syndrome research team, headed by Dr. Leonard Jason. Her research has focused specifically on ethnic issues in chronic fatigue and evaluating the efficacy of cognitive behavior therapy treatments for CFS.She is currently an assistant professor of psychology at Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL.

Elke L.S. Van Hoof, Ph.D.
Professor Medical & Health Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Brussell, Belgium
Dr. Van Hoof is a clinical psychologist specialized in stress-related disorders.Since 1999 she has counseled numerous patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome.Her work in chronic fatigue syndrome resulted in her Ph.D. dissertation in 2003.Currently she is assigned as professor in medical psychology and health psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussell, Belgium and at the University of Hasselt, Belgium.

Suzanne D. Vernon, Ph.D.
Research Biologist & Human Genomics Team Leader, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
For the past 6 years, Dr. Vernon has directed the Molecular Epidemiology Program in the Viral Exanthems and Herpesvirus Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta Georgia. Under Dr. Vernon's leadership, the Molecular Epidemiology Program objectives are to characterize chronic fatigue syndrome at a systems biology level by integrating genomics, proteomics, physiology and population-based epidemiology. To accomplish this, Dr. Vernon has been instrumental in building a multidisciplinary team of molecular biologists, biostatisticians, epidemiologists and clinicians. The Molecular Epidemiology Program has implemented an intramural effort in gene expression profiling and proteomics applied to population-based and model system studies and integrated these using powerful web-based bioinformatics. Dr. Vernon's ultimate goal for the Molecular Epidemiology program is biomarker discovery, development of a diagnostic assay, and understanding of the pathogenesis of CFS.

Yasuyoshi Watanabe, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Physiology, OsakaCityUniversityGraduateSchool of Medicine
After graduating from the Kyoto University Faculty of Medicine in 1976, Dr. Watanabe went on to complete a course at the Graduate School of Medicine at the same institution (1980, Ph.D.). In 1981, he became an instructor at KyotoUniversityRadioisotopeResearchCenter, followed by a post as a lecturer at the Department of Medical Chemistry, OsakaMedicalCollege, and a subsequent appointment as Department head of the Neuroscience Department of the Osaka Bioscience Institute in1987. In 1995, he was appointed adjungerad professor at the University of Uppsala in Sweden, Department of Medical Pharmacology. He took up his current post as of 1999. Since 1999, he has been engaged in the Japanese governmental research Special Coordination Fund for Promoting Science and Technology from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, as project leader on the subject of “Molecular/neural mechanisms of fatigue and fatigue sensation and development of the ways to overcome fatigue.” As of last year, he has served as a “Center of Excellenceproject leader for the Ministry’s 21st Century COE Program innovative technology discipline known as “Base to Overcome Fatigue.” He is also an executive member of the board of the Japanese Society of Fatigue Science.
Dr. Watanabe specializes in themes such as the molecular/neural mechanisms of fatigue and fatigue sensation; the brain development disorders/the checking mechanisms of normal development; the role of arachidonic acid cascade in the central nervous system; molecular imaging and neurochemical dissection of the brain using PET for elucidation of higher brain function; etc. He has published over 300 articles and other publications, of which major works include “Fatigue and Science” (Kodansha Ltd.), “The Danger of Chronic Fatigue,” etc.