IACFS/ME 13th International Scientific Conference: June 10 - 13, 2020
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
1 hour from New York City and easily accessible via JFK International Airport
Mark your calendars and get ready for our 13th International Conference!

Abstracts and Workshop proposals will be  accepted from

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 to Monday, March 2, 2020, at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time


Submit  Your Research Abstract/ Workshop Proposal! 

The International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (IACFS/ME) - an organization of researchers, clinicians and other interested professionals dedicated to the care and research of ME/CFS and related conditions - is pleased to announce its 13th International Scientific Conference to be held from June 10 - 13, 2020 at State University of New York, Stony Brook University in beautiful eastern Long Island, known for its quaint seaside villages, beaches, arts, and cultural events!  

Why should you attend our conference?

--   Earn continuing education credits while hearing about the latest CFS/ME and FM clinical practices and research findings     from internationally renowned faculty.

--   Learn about commonly associated conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, orthostatic intolerance, and hypothyroidism.

--- Present your clinical experience and/ or research findings to an interested and enthusiastic audience. 

--   Meet and build relationships with other professionals and patients that will last beyond the dates of the conference.

--   Network with government agencies, nonprofit groups, and businesses interested in science, research, health..

---  Demonstrate your commitment to solving two medical mysteries, ME/CFS and FM.

---  Go ahead and mix business and pleasure. Bring your loved ones along! Take advantage of the meeting's proximity to both Long Island's idyllic setting and New York City to indulge in activities ranging from outdoor pursuits like hiking and boating to luxury shopping and Broadway shows!

Meeting agenda

Our conference focuses on all biomedical and behavioral aspects of chronic fatigue syndrome/ myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) and common co-morbidities of CFS/ME (e.g., fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, sleep apnea, orthostatic intolerance). Also encouraged are presentations on fatigue in medical conditions (e.g., cancer, lupus, multiple sclerosis, pain conditions, and circulatory diseases) and life circumstances (e.g., aging, poor sleep, athletics and sports, occupations).

The meeting takes place over 4 days. On the first day, professional attendees can choose from a variety of workshops focusing in-depth on specific aspects of clinical care and research. For example, past sessions have explored immunological factors in ME/CFS, reviewed management of orthostatic intolerance, and explained how to apply for US National Institutes of Health grants.  The remaining 3 days consist of oral presentations and poster sessions addressing advances in pathophysiology, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and public health of ME/CFS, chronic fatigue, and related conditions.. Paper and poster sessions allow researchers, practitioners, policy advocates and students at all levels to freely exchange ideas and build networks.  We also anticipate sessions covering medical education, career development, and public health policy. A dinner banquet on the 3rd night of the meeting encourages less formal interactions among attendees. 

For a taste of our conference, see our 2016 conference syllabus

Continuing Education credits

It is anticipated that this event will be certified for approximately 25 Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for physicians. The Stony Brook University Renaissance School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education is the accredited CME provider. Continuing educational credits for nurses will also be offered.


Our meeting are attended by several hundred biomedical and behavioral professionals, including clinicians, researchers, and educators.  Patient and caregivers also value our meetings and many try to attend as well. Attendees have come from all 50 states and approximately 30% come from abroad. 

Submit your abstract and workshop proposals!

Visit our dedicated abstract submission site to send in your abstracts and workshop proposals.We especially encourage abstract submissions from researchers who are early in their career, new to this field, or come from historically underrepresented groups in science. Travel awards may be available for these researchers. 


Submit  Your Research Abstract/ Workshop Proposal!

To register for the meeting, look out for more information in the coming weeks and months!

Come back to our website in the near future and keep an eye out in your e-mail inboxes for more information as we settle final arrangements for the meeting. For a preview of registration fees, visit the conference website.  We anticipate that conference registration will begin in early 2020. 



 (Photos courtesy of Stony Brook University)