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12th Biennial International Conference Program

October 27, 2016
We have an exciting program of research and clinical talks, innovative workshops, and compelling master speakers at our 12th Biennial International Conference, Emerging Science and Clinical Care.

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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