Final call: Edinburgh conference, May 25

May 18, 2007

If anyone intending to come to the New Horizons: International  Conference on ME/CFS Biomedical Research (on Friday 25th May 2007, at the Edinburgh Conference Centre, part of the campus of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK) has not yet registered, please register by email or phone ASAP. The registration fee is £60, and included in this are a delegate pack, finger buffet lunch, and morning and afternoon coffee/tea breaks, served on-site.

This conference is hosted and sponsored by ME Research UK and the Irish ME Trust, and supported financially by the 25% ME Group, and is a key element of ME Awareness Month 2007.  The final program is given below.

Dr Neil C. Abbot

Director of Operations

ME Research UK

The Gateway

North Methven St

Perth PH1 5PP, UK


Friday 25th May 2007

8.30  Arrival & registration

9.00 Opening by Alex Fergusson MSP, Presiding Officer (Speaker) of the Scottish Parliament

9.10 Welcome and Introduction by the Chairman Dr Vance Spence (Chairman, ME Research UK, and Senior Research Fellow, University of Dundee)

9.15 Keynote Lecture Molecular studies of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Dr Jonathan Kerr (Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, St George's University of London)

9.45 Keynote Lecture Genetic Profiles in Severe Forms of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Dr Estibaliz Olano (Fibromyalgia and CFS genotyping study, Bilbao, Spain)

10.15 Presentation Visible and near-infrared Spectroscopy for Diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome Dr Sakudo and Prof Ikuta. (Department of Virology, Center for Infectious Disease Control, Osaka University,

Osaka, Japan)

10.40 Tea/coffee

11.00 Presentation Towards a Scottish Clinical Network Dr Greg Purdie (NHS Dumfries&Galloway)

11.10 Keynote Lecture Vascular and Inflammatory Aspects of ME/CFS Prof Jill Belch (Vascular Diseases Research Unit, University Department of Medicine, Dundee)

11.30 Presentation Arterial Stiffness and ME/CFS Dr Faisel Khan (Vascular Diseases Research Unit, University Department of Medicine, Dundee)

11.45 Presentation Overview of a Study of Inflammatory Markers in Children Dr Gwen Kennedy (Vascular Diseases Research Unit, University Department of Medicine, Dundee)

12.00 Presentation Attitudes to ME/.CFS among healthcare professions: a survey and literature review Joan Crawford (Liverpool Hope University)

12.15  Buffet Lunch

1.30  Keynote Lecture ME/CFS: Physical Medicine & Exercise Dr Jo Nijs (Department of Human Physiology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)

2.00 Presentation Interleukin-6 and Exercise Prof Myra Nimmo/Mark Robinson (Department of Applied Physiology, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow)

2.15  Presentation Studies of Pain and Activity  Dr Lorna Paul/Rebecca Marshall (School of Health and Social Care, Glasgow Caledonian University)

2.30 Presentation Motoneurone excitability after fatiguing exercise in subjects with CFS/ME Dr L Wood (Department of Physiology, Glasgow Caledonian University)

2.45  Tea/Coffee

3.10 Keynote Lecture The Immunology of ME/CFS Prof Nancy Klimas (University of Miami School of Medicine, Florida, USA)

3.40 Keynote Lecture 5 Behavioural Interventions in ME/CFS: What a difference a decade makes! Dr Eleanor Stein (Calgary, Canada)

4.10  Discussion  Chair: Dr Vance Spence

4.45  Close

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