ME/CFS Primer/Education Newsletters

Volume 2, Issue 1 • January 2009

January 1, 2009

IACFS/ME Newsletter

Volume 2, Issue 1 • January 2009

Leonard A. Jason, Ph.D.
DePaul University


Editor's Note

Welcome to the January Issue of the IACFS/ME Newsletter.  Below you will find information on submitting Late Breaking Abstracts to the 9th International IACFS/ME Clinical and Research Conference.  We hope you will consider submitting additional abstracts for this important upcoming conference.  You will also see the most recent list of Poster Presenters for this event.  In the December 2008 issue of this Newsletter all the oral presentations were listed for the upcoming conference.
We also have an article from our Membership Chairperson Kenneth Friedman.  We hope you will consider becoming a part of the Membership Committee; duties and responsibilities for the committee are laid out below.  Ultimately we would like to have a member established from each country.  In addition, if you know a student who would like to be a representative please 
also encourage them to contact Staci Stevens:

Leonard Jason, Newsletter Editor

Call for 2009 Conference Papers: Late Deadline for Posters

Submission of Late Breaking Abstracts 
(Posters Only)
Deadline: January 15th, 2009

9th International IACFS/ME Conference
Developing Interdisciplinary Collaborations: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Related Illnesses
March 12-15, 2009
Peppermill Resort Hotel, Reno, Nevada, USA

     Using the same abstract requirements as regular submissions, potential presenters may submit a poster abstract by January 15th, 2009. Accepted Late Breaking Abstracts will be published in the conference program. For further directions on submitting a Late Breaking Abstract please click on the link
      The Reno meeting promises to be an exciting opportunity to hear high profile international experts, learn about the latest cutting edge research, network with colleagues, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of nearby Lake Tahoe. We hope to see you there!

Board of the IACFS/ME

Ambassador Recruitment

Kenneth J. Friedman, Ph.D.

The Membership Committee of the IACFS/ME is initiating an outreach program to increase the number of IACFS/ME members from outside of the United States.  In so doing, the IACFS/ME hopes to fulfill its mission of being the world's professional CFS/ME organization.  CFS/ME researchers, healthcare practitioners, and students obtaining advanced degrees involving the study of CFS/ME are all encouraged to become members.  In an effort to identify these potential members, the IACFS/ME Membership Committee has embarked on two Ambassador Programs:  one program for professionals and the other for students. 

The qualifications and responsibilities for joining the organization, becoming an ambassador, or nominating someone to become an ambassador appear below:

Responsibilities of International Membership Committee Members (aka Membership Ambassadors and Student Ambassadors)

1.    Promote the goals of the IACFS/ME within their own country.
2.    Encourage researchers and healthcare professionals to join the IACFS/ME

1.    An eligible country is a country in which CFS/ME research is being conducted.
2.    Each eligible country is entitled to have 1 professional representative (ambassador) and 1 student representative (student ambassador).
3.    The responsibilities of ambassadors and student ambassadors are the same.
4.    An eligible country is a country in which CFS/ME is recognized as an illness
5.    An ambassador must be either:  (1) a CFS/ME researcher, (2) a CFS/ME healthcare provider, or (3) a member of a CFS/ME patient advocate group.
6.    A student ambassador may be any student studying some aspect of CFS/ME as part of an advanced degree requirement at a recognized institution of higher education. 

For more information please contact me at

IACFS/ME Poster Presentations & Faculty

To see the most updated list of Poster Presenters for the 9th International IACFS/ME Clinical and Research Conference please click here.

Call for Award Nominations

IACFS/ME Job Board


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