Volume 2, Issue 2 • February 2009

February 1, 2009

IACFS/ME Newsletter

Volume 2, Issue 2 • February 2009

Leonard A. Jason, Ph.D.
DePaul University


Editor's Note

There is now only about a month before the best-ever IACFS/ME conference, to be held in Reno, Nevada. We hope that you will be able to attend this most important conference, with the latest advances in Virology, Genetics, Pediatrics, Brain Functioning, Epidemiology, Treatment and Assessment. A letter from our President is below, and on behalf of our entire Board, I do hope that you can attend this important conference. More details about the presentations, workshops, and other events are attached, as well as mentioned in the Presidential letter.

Leonard Jason, Newsletter Editor

Letter from the President

Dear Colleague,
As president of the IACFS/ME, I would like to invite you to the 9th International IACFS/ME Research and Clinical Conference March 12-15, 2009. We received a record number of abstracts, and can promise a conference with the latest research, clinical updates and features sure to guarantee new knowledge, new collaborations, and enthusiasm for this field.
As we have done previously we will offer a full-day event for patients, caregivers and family members on topics which impact them directly and which patients have told us are important to them.
Our Professional Conference begins on Thursday this year with a series of workshops designed for both clinicians and researchers which we believe will give added time to important topics. Our core three-day conference is divided into sessions such as Pharmacologic and Non-Pharmacologic Treatments, Epidemiology, Neuroendocrine Advances, Infectious Disease Research, Immunology, Assessment Issues, Pediatric CFS, Genetics, and Brain Functioning, where we will discuss new research, methodologies and treatments. We have also created a session to discuss Difficult Clinical Cases and to take a close look at the Japanese Experience with their modeling the integrative approach to CFS/ME. Each session is designed to integrate knowledge across disciplines as it relates to the illness and its manifestations.
You will see many new faces, and internationally recognized speakers and participants. It is a time to discuss research approaches, clinical care, and network with colleagues. You will find the IACFS/ME has grown and is truly an international organization. Review our Conference Agenda on our website, www.iacfsme.org and you will see the extraordinary progress in the field, with sessions looking at the work going on in Japan, Europe, and across the globe.

I welcome you to Reno, and urge you to register today!
Nancy Klimas, MD