August 11, 2015
2016 IACFS/ME Conference
Save the Date!
International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
16th International Research and Clinical Conference
The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA – October 27 – 30, 2016

Mark your calendars to join us next October 27-30, 2016 for our 16th International Research and Clinical Conference to be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort.  We anticipate an exciting, informative program including our signature opening day workshops for clinicians and our unique lecture series tailored for patients and their supporters. Days 2-4 will include poster sessions, oral presentations, networking events, and a gala reception and dinner on Saturday.  The Institute for Neuro Immune Medicine at Nova Southeastern University, based in Fort Lauderdale, will also be hosting a special pre-conference day of talks on October 26.

Our conferences are attended by hundreds of scientists, physicians, other professionals, and patients interested in chronic fatigue syndrome/ myalgic encephalomyelitis, fibromyalgia, and co-morbid illnesses (e.g. orthostatic intolerance, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyrodisim) as well as other medical conditions/ circumstances (e.g. cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatologic diseases, aging, overwork) associated with acute or chronic fatigue.  Attendees come from all over the United States and over 25 countries. For a taste of our meetings, check out our 2014 Program Agenda:

http://iacfsme.org/Conferences/2014-San-Francisco/Agenda/Professional-Agenda.aspx  [Professionals]
http://iacfsme.org/Conferences/2014-San-Francisco/Agenda/Patient-Agenda.aspx [Patients]

Watch for more information about the meeting -- including how to register for it, when/ where to submit abstracts, and sponsorship opportunities -- over the next few months!

About Fort Lauderdale:
“Fort Lauderdale is famous for its beaches, arts, culture and events. From shopping on Las Olas Boulevard, to gondola rides on the canals, to a historic riverfront. Just two miles north of Port Everglades, you can experience a landscaped beachfront promenade, with its signature white wave wall and brick paved path. Across the street, visit luxury hotels, and enjoy shopping or dining or a narrated 90-minute amphibious tour of quaint Las Olas Boulevard, historical districts, and the mansions and yachts dotting Millionaires Row. Stop at the Stranahan House, a preserved 1900s home furnished with antiques of the era. Or "follow the red brick road" of Riverwalk, the landscaped park, to the Arts and Entertainment District. Trying to stay fit? Dive into the Atlantic, hike into the Everglades or enjoy a workout and healthy fare at a resort spa.”

For more information about Fort Lauderdale, visit:


IACFS/ME Response to P2P Draft Report on ME/CFS

January 17, 2015
Dear NIH P2P Panel Members ,
As board members of the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (IACFS/ME), the largest international group of clinicians, researchers, and other professionals dedicated to the care and research of patients with ME/CFS, we hope that your report will have a positive influence on the field, our organization’s members, and the patients/ families we serve.
Generally we agree with the majority of the Panel’s recommendations but believe that the elephant in the room – research funding –  alluded to in the report (e.g. Line 8) needs to be addressed more strongly and specifically. Federal funding for ME/CFS research over the last 3 decades has been inadequate to the broad-ranging and complex challenges presented by this illness. In recent years, only $5-$6 million annually has been awarded on an extramural basis, resulting in ME/CFS being the least-funded out of 240+ conditions that NIH tracks annually. (http://report.nih.gov/categorical_spending.aspx) Over the last 25 years that IACFS/ME has been in existence, we have seen few new researchers enter the field, a flat publication rate over the past decade, and continuing stigma surrounding the illness.  
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