Monday, September 26, 2011

ME Awards for Prof Leonard Jason, Prof Nancy Klimas, Mary Ann Fletcher, Lydia Neilson, Ekua Brenu and Ellen Piro

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Subject:      NOT,MED,RES: FW: Day Three Dispatch from the IACFS/ME Biennial
              International Conference: Translating Evidence into Practice
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F O R   I M M E D I A T E   R E L E A S E

September 24, 2011

Day Three Dispatch from the IACFS/ME Biennial International
Conference: Translating Evidence into Practice
September 22-25, 2011
Delta Ottawa City Centre Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

This conference is organized by the International Assocation of
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (IACFS/ME) and
hosted by the National ME/FM Action Network.

Day 3 of the conference kicked off with a discussion of case
definitions for research and practice.

Bruce Carruthers, M.D. (a medical advisor with the National ME/FM
Action Network) presented the 2003 Canadian Consensus Criteria, which
he co-authored, and is currently used worldwide as one of the standard
definitions for ME/CFS. Dr. Carruthers said he hopes "that this case
definition and its descendents will continue to emphasize both the
clinical/epidemiological/research realms of observation and challenge
all participants to integrate them into a mutual
confirmation/deconfirmation process that characterizes both clinical
medicine, epidemiology and science in general."

Leonard Jason, Ph.D (Professor, DePaul University, Chicago, IL)
contrasted several competing case definitions, and concluded that the
Fukuda (2004) definition, which is also widely used, may cast too wide
a net, and that a narrower definition may be needed in order to
isolate patients with "a more homogenous and severe symptomology and
functional impairment."

Other sessions presented throughout the day included:

-the role of exercise challenge in testing and diagnosis,
>>>-the latest research in immunology,
>>>-new developments in pediatric ME/CFS, and
>>>-new developments in epidemiology.

The IACFS/ME Awards Banquet was held in the evening, with the
following awards presented:

Governor Rudy Perpich Memorial Award
>>>Leonard Jason, Ph.D
>>>Nelson Gantz Memorial Award
>>>Nancy Klimas, M.D.
>>>Junior Investigator Award
>>>Ekua W. Brenu, Ph.D. Candidate
>>>Research Excellence Award
>>>Mary Ann Fletcher, Ph.D.
>>>Special Service Award
>>>Lydia Neilson, Founder and CEO of the National ME/FM Action Network
>>>Special Service Award
>>>Ellen Piro

The proceedings were brought to close by Byron Hyde, M.D., who gave a
speech entitled Ten Important Facts Derived from ME/CFS History and
That Can Improve ME/CFS Research.

TODAY: Day 4 is now underway with discussions on research developments
in genomics and genetics. Today's dispatch will follow this afternoon.

For further information on the conference, including the agendas,
please visit:
For further information on the National ME/FM Action Network, please

Media accreditation is available for reporters from any recognized
news outlet. If you wish to send a reporter to this event, just have
them talk to either Rick Merner or Greg Filmore at the registration
table on "LL" (Lower Level) at the Delta Ottawa City Centre Hotel.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like
contact information for any of the conference speakers. Dispatches for
the rest of the conference will follow.

James Deagle, Editor-In-Chief,
The Journey: Life & Living with ME/CFS and FMS
A publication of the National ME/FM Action Network

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