NSU Hosts Conference on Chronic Fatigue, Related Conditions Like Fibromyalgia

NSU Hosts Conference on Chronic Fatigue, Related Conditions Like Fibromyalgia

Nova Southeastern University is hosting the biennial meeting organized by the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (IACFS/ME) Oct. 27-30 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The 12th International IACFS/ME Research and Clinical Conference: Emerging Science and Clinical Care conference is for researchers, clinicians, and patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), and other interested members of the community.

CFS/ME is a debilitating and still misunderstood disease that is estimated to affect nearly one million Americans. According to a press release, hundreds of dedicated professionals will gather at the conference for a discussion about the specifics of this disease, as well as its relationship to other diseases like fibromyalgia.

Highlights of the meeting include:

  • Alison Bested, MD, FRCPC, clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia in Canada; will talk about how to diagnose and treat CFS/ME and multiple chemical sensitivities.
  • Nancy Klimas, MD, director of the NSU Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine; will moderate a panel of clinicians discussing difficult clinical cases.
  • Vicky Whittemore, PhD, program director of Synapses, Channels and Neural Circuits Cluster (of the National Institutes of Health) will discuss the renewed CFS/ME research program and share tip on getting research funds.
  • Øystein Fluge, MD, PhD, and Olav Mella, MD, PhD, Haukeland University Hospital in Norway; will present the latest updates on their trials of Rituxan (rituximab) as a disease-modifying treatment for CFS/ME.

Some sessions will debate diagnosis methods and treatment approaches, and part of the conference will be focused on giving patients and their families an opportunity to find out more about the latest updates in the field of CFS/ME and related diseases.

Advances in the areas of brain abnormalities, post-exertional exacerbation of symptoms, fatigue, or pediatric cases and potential treatments, among others, will also be discussed during the conference.

The biennial meeting will take place at The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. More information about the location, schedule, and registration can be found here.

A pre-conference seminar titled “Complex Neuro Inflammatory Conditions: Gulf War Illness (GWI) and CFS/ME” will take place from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26. NSU’s Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine will host the event, which will include panelists from several federal and national agencies. Separate registration for this event is required.