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
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