ME/CFS Primer/Education Newsletters

Volume 1, Issue 3 • December 2008

December 1, 2008

IACFS/ME Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 3 • December 2008

Leonard A. Jason, Ph.D.
DePaul University


From the Editor

Welcome to the next issue of the IACFS/ME Newsletter, our monthly outlet for news within our IACFS/ME organization.

Please take a look at the newly designed website for our organization. Board Member Lee Meisel has spent countless hours with Rick Merner from our staff working on it. I am sure you will be impressed with the professional look of it as well as the quality of information contained within. Lee Meisel has an article in this newsletter detailing his work.

There is no development more important than our upcoming IACFS/ME Conference, March 12-25, 2009 in Reno, Nevada. We have completed work on the oral portion of the agenda, and registration is up and active; we encourage you to register to attend.   Please visit our website at and read about the wide array of topics that will be presented as well as the prominent researchers that will be in attendance and presenting their best work.  Next month we will feature the poster presentations for the Conference, which will offer over 150 presentations featuring both oral and poster presenters from a truly international community of medical professionals.

If you still want to present at this conference, we will accept late abstracts until January 15th for possible consideration as a poster session. Details about how to submit abstracts are also attached.

So, do be sure to see our program and register for our convention in Reno. It will be the best meeting so far, with an outstanding list of presenters.


Leonard Jason, Newsletter Editor

Re-designed Website
Lee Meisel
Website Committee

The IACFS/ME's website has been recently re-designed with a simpler, more rational and streamlined design and the elimination of duplicative information access points. New graphics have also given the website a more professional look.

All information can be easily accessed via the following seven buttons at the top of the home page: Home, Membership, Organization, Conferences, Education & Resources, Links and Contact Us.

Membership: contains the Membership Directory, information on Membership Options and the Membership and Donor Forms.

Organization: contains the Presidential Letter, Mission Statement,
Membership Directory, and Leadership, Committees, Brochure, History and Former Awardees of the IACFS/ME.

Conferences: contain information, summaries, agendas, DVDs and
associated conference materials, as available, of all IACFS/ME sponsored conferences from the original AACFS sponsored conference in Albany, New York in 1992 through the upcoming 2009 IACFS/ME International Conference in Reno, Nevada.

Education and Resources: contains a treasure trove of information,
including ME/CFS and IACFS/ME Publications, Adult and Pediatric Case Definitions, Scientific References, CFS Advisory Committee minutes, Clinical and Management guides and information about ongoing research, Diagnostic Questionnaires, discussion of Controversial Issues and an Events Calendar.

Links: provide access to all kinds of ME/CFS related websites, including Not-for-Profit Organizations in the United States, Canada, U.K., Australia, Europe and Japan, Specialty Laboratories, Medical Specialties related to ME/CFS, U.S. Government Resources, Disability Resources, and information on Gulf War Illnesses and Support Group Listings.

Agenda for 2009 IACFS/ME Conference in Reno, Nevada

Call for 2009 Conference Papers: Late Deadline for Posters

Call for Award Nominations

Call for Student Abstracts!

IACFS/ME Job Board

Become a member!


Disclaimer: IACFS/ME's mission is to stimulate and promote exchange, discussion, and dissemination of information around any and all aspects of ME/CFS, FM, and associated medical conditions. The Newsletter helps support that mission and we encourage submissions to the newsletter not only from our current membership but any interested party. IACFS/ME is not responsible for statements made by any contributor. Statements or opinions expressed in the Newsletter reflect the views of the author(s) and are not the official stance of IACFS/ME or the IACFS/ME Board unless otherwise stated. Mention and/or discussion of a test, treatment, procedure, product, person, website, or service in this Newsletter is not equivalent to an endorsement by this organization.

The medical information in this Newsletter is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient-physician relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment. Please consult your health care provider before making any healthcare decisions or for guidance about a specific medical condition. Also recognize that information can change and that this Newsletter may not have been updated to incorporate the most current information. IACFS/ME expressly disclaims responsibility, and shall have no liability, for any damages, loss, injury, or liability whatsoever suffered as a result of your reliance on the information contained in this site.

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