ME/CFS Primer/Education Newsletters

Volume 1, Issue 2 • November 2008

November 1, 2008

IACFS/ME Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 2 • November 2008


Leonard A. Jason, Ph.D.


Welcome to the second issue of the IACFS/ME Newsletter. As you know, the IACFS/ME now has a quarterly journal, which is called the Bulletin of IACFS/ME. If you would like to send a news article to our IACFS/ME Newsletter, or a research article to the Bulletin of IACFS/ME, send it to Greg, our business manager, at The most recent issue of our electronic Bulletin is at the following link, which is on our new website:,-Issue-3-2008.aspx

In this Fall issue of the Bulletin, you will find the following articles: “Evidence for T-helper 2 Shift and Association with Illness Parameters  in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)” by
Dr. Susan Torres-Harding and colleagues; “Fatigue in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis” by Dr. Ellen M Goudsmit, Dr. Bart Stouten, and Sandra Howes; “The Third IiME International ME/CFS Conference 2008” by Dr. Don Baken; and “A Little Bit of History” by Rosamund Vallings, MNZM, MB, BS.

In this issue of the Newsletter, you will learn of a most important activity of the membership committee. We are in the early stages of appointing people to the membership committee, who will represent countries from around the world. We will try to find student representatives for each country and can even appoint more than one person within a country. So, if you are interested in getting more involved in our IACFS/ME organization, be sure to read the attached article by Ken and Staci.

We are also happy to report that we received about 140 abstracts for our IACFS/ME conference, to be held in Reno, Nevada in March. More details about this conference are attached. The Planning committee has decided that we will entertain additional abstracts that might involve late breaking research news. So, if you were not able to submit an abstract, you will have one last chance to do this over the next few months. You will learn more about this last effort to send us an abstract in our next Newsletter.

We are now lining up a keynote speaker for the Reno conference, and that person’s name will be announced in our next Newsletter. This conference will be our best yet, so be sure to register and attend. There will be workshops, a patient conference, papers on a variety of topics, posters, and a banquet.

If you have not yet joined our organization, be sure to do that, as the cost of membership is very reasonable and forms are attached that enable you to sign up.


Leonard Jason, Newsletter Editor


International Recruitment of IACFS/ME Members

IACFS/ME Biennial 2009 Conference - Reno, Nevada

Call for Award Nominations

Call for Student Abstracts!

Become a member!

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