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The Symposium on Viruses in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) (May, 2008): Part I by Cort Johnson

Highlight on the HHV-6 Foundation

The HHV-6 Foundation produced both the International Conference on HHV-6 & 7 and the International Symposium on Viruses and CFS in Baltimore, Md in May, 2008. The IACFS/ME co-sponsored the events. Financial Support was provided by the CFIDS Association of America, the Whittemore-Peterson Institute, PANDORA, ProHealth and others. Dr. Loomis and AblashiOne of the most impressive aspects of the Symposium was the people who put it on. Created just a few years ago ,and led by Kristin Loomis Executive Director and Scientific Director Dharam Ablashi – the HHV-6 Foundation is clearly on a mission to make a difference.

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Report from the 7th Annual AACFS Conference Madison, Wisconsin. Oct 7th, 2004 ‘Dr. Karen Vrchota’s Talk’ by Rich Von Konyenburg

This is my review of the fourth and final talk presented at the pre-AACFS session on Effective Therapies for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia (FM), sponsored by the Wisconsin CFS Association, and held at the Luther’s Blues restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin on October 7, 2004.

This talk was presented by Dr. Karen Vrchota, M.D.

Biographical Information – Dr. Vrchota (pronounced ver KO ta) currently conducts a private practice in Winona, Minnesota, called Integrated Health Care of Winona, specializing in the treatment of CFS and FM.

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AACFS Conference Oct. 8-10th, Madison Wisconsin Report by Dr. Rosamund Vallings

A day of research presentations was followed by two clinical days with a patient conference running alongside. I felt privileged to attend the research and clinical segment

RESEARCH CONFERENCE

RESEARCH OVERVIEW, by A.Komaroff (Boston) - In Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, functional status is much reduced in all areas and $9 billion is lost annually in productivity in the USA. Over time 10% of sufferers can expect complete remission and 23% will receive an alternative diagnosis eventually. The illness follows a relapsing and remitting course, and research has shown abnormalities in many systems:

Brain -
Abnormalities seen on MRI and SPECT scans

Cognition – IQ within normal range, but marked difficulties in mental processing etc.

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REPORT FROM THE SEVENTH ANNUAL AACFS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE Oct. 8-10th, Madison, Wisconsin by Rich Van Konyenburg: Ritchie Shoemaker’s Talk

REPORT FROM THE SEVENTH ANNUAL AACFS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Oct. 8-10th, Madison, Wisconsin

by Rich Van Konyenburg

Ritchie Shoemaker’s Talk

There was a one-day pre-AACFS conference meeting organized by Pat
Fero (who did a tremendous job, by the way) and the Wisconsin
support group organization. They invited Ritchie Shoemaker, Jacob
Teitelbaum, Karen Vrchota and Byron Hyde to speak. It was held in
Luther’s Blues, a restaurant-bar on University Avenue in downtown
Madison, WI. Most of the crowd of about 100 there were female PWCs
from Wisconsin and the surrounding areas.

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REPORT FROM THE SEVENTH ANNUAL AACFS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE Oct. 8-10th, Madison, Wisconsin by Rich Van Konyenburg: Ritchie Shoemaker’s Talk


There was a one-day pre-AACFS conference meeting organized by Pat
Fero (who did a tremendous job, by the way) and the Wisconsin
support group organization. They invited Ritchie Shoemaker, Jacob
Teitelbaum, Karen Vrchota and Byron Hyde to speak. It was held in
Luther’s Blues, a restaurant-bar on University Avenue in downtown
Madison, WI. Most of the crowd of about 100 there were female PWCs
from Wisconsin and the surrounding areas. This meeting was billed
as being concerned with “effective treatment” of CFS and FM.

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REPORT FROM THE SEVENTH ANNUAL AACFS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE October 8-10, 2004, Madison, Wisconsin by Paula Carnes

Dharam Ablashi, DVM, MS, Dip.Bact., and current president of the American Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome stood before us with a small, pleased smile on his face. “This conference is what we wanted to have when we first started the AACFS.” The 2004 conference held in Madison, Wisconsin October 8 -10 included research and clinical presentations. Ablashi stated, “It [research] should be good enough to take it to the bedside.”

Anthony Komaroff, MD, Harvard School of Medicine, began the conference with an overview of current CFS/FM research.

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AACFS 2004 Meeting Summary by Charles W. Lapp, M.D

The 7th Annual Research and Clinical Conference of the American Association of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was held October 8-10, 2004, in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin, about 2 hours northwest of Chicago. Fall was just touching the trees when we arrived, and the weather was delightful.

This year’s conference attracted 235 attendees, 39 of whom came from overseas. Fourteen foreign countries were represented, including Spain, New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, England, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Japan, Korea, Mexico and India. Over half the attendees were medical professionals, the balance being mostly patients and caregivers.

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Report From the 7th Annual AACFS ConferenceIn Madison, Wisconsin Oct 8-10th, 2004′Byron Hyde’s Talk’by Rich Van Konyenburg

This is my review of the third talk presented at the pre-AACFS conference session on Effective Therapies for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia (FM), sponsored by the Wisconsin CFS Association. VHS video tapes and DVDs of these talks are offered by this group at their website, http://www.wicfs-me-org.

Biographical Information on Dr. Byron Hyde, M.D. (taken from his website, http://www.nightingale.ca)

Dr. Byron M. Hyde attended the Haileybury School of Mines and worked as a geophysicist. He then did premedicine in the Faculty of Medicine and University College, University of Toronto, obtaining a degree in chemistry and nutrition.

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A Report From the SIXTH INTERNATIONAL AACFS CONFERENCE on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Related Syndromes by Rosamund Vallings, MB BS

I was privileged to attend the AACFS 6th International Conference on CFS, FM and related syndromes, held at Chantilly, Virginia. The first day was a clinical conference for physicians working in the field of CFS, followed by a day and a half of research presentations.

DAY 1.

The conference opened with an introduction and overview by Charles Lapp (Charlotte,NC) and Leonard Jason (Chicago,IL). Lapp ran through the history of CFS, which was described by Hammurabi as early as 2000 BC.

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A REPORT FROM THE FIFTH INTERNATIONAL AACFS CONFERENCE by Dr. Rosamund Vallings

From January 26-29, 2001, I was privileged to attend the AACFS 5th International conference for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome hosted by Sudhir Gupta, the President of AACFS. It was an exciting experience to once again learn of the great wealth of research currently taking place, and to meet with those researchers and clinicians who are at the cutting edge. On the first afternoon, there was a pre-conference symposium looking at optimization of the case definition. Then followed 2 intensive days of research and clinical presentations from all over the world, coupled with a display of posters representing many disciplines.

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