Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Tom Kindlon, Jun 16, 2020.
Thanks, @Tom Kindlon!
The home page of the IACFS/ME website (https://www.iacfsme.org/) has a similar announcement for the conference, along with this note:
Thanks. I checked and at the time I posted there was nothing on the website.
Just to flag up that this meeting is now being run online. Anyone interested in registering, possibly with concessional rates should look at:
Is it just me or is anyone else wondering who they are i.e. IAFCFS/ME?
Here's what they say on their website:
Registration is now open for the IACFS/ME 2020 Virtual Conference - Friday, August 21, 2020
10 AM to 3:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
(EDT, New York City, USA)
"We plan to record the meeting so people unable to attend live may watch it afterwards."
Start: 8/21/2020 10:00 AM
End: 8/21/2020 3:00 PM
Dr. James Baraniuk
Heart Rate Variability in Exercise-Induced Postural Tachycardia (START) and POTS
Dr. Fred Friedberg
Why Patients Improve. Why They Get Worse. Model vs. Data in ME/CFS.
Dr. Leonard Jason
What Do We Know About Risk Factors for Developing COVID-19 and the Aftermath of this Disease
Ms. Caroline Kingdon
Health Care Responsibility and Compassion - Visiting the Housebound Patient Severely Affected by ME/CFS
Dr. Eliana Lacerda
The European Network on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Main Outcomes, Challenges and Possibilities
Dr. Rhonda Jane McKay
Low Dose Naltrexone in ME/CFS and FM - the Vancouver Experience
Dr. Marvin Medow
The Benefits of Oral Rehydration on Orthostatic Intolerance in Children with Postural Tachycardia Syndrome
Mr. Daniel Missailidis
Dysregulation of Mitochondrial Function and Fuel Preferences in ME/CFS Lymphoblasts
Dr. Harvey Moldofsky
Insights/Lessons from Post-SARS ME/CFS
Dr. Luis Nacul
The Impact of COVID-19 on the Risk and Prognosis of ME/CFS
Dr. Ina Katrine Pettersen
Defective Energy Metabolism in ME/CFS
Ms. Violetta Renesca
The Effect of Self-Management Group Program on Health Status, Fatigue Severity, and Self-Efficacy in Patients with ME/CFS
Dr. Wakiro Sato
Immune Dysregulation with Deviated B Cell Receptor Repertoire in ME/CFS
Dr. Mathew Schu
mapMECFS: A Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Focused Data Portal Supporting Data Discovery Across Multiple Biological Disciplines
Dr. Ronald Tompkins
The Open Medicine Collaborative COVID-19 on the Risk & Prognosis of ME/CFS
Mr. Ryan Whelan
ME/CFS and Autoimmune Associated Small-Fiber Neuropathy
Dr. Sadie Whittaker
Understanding Susceptibility or Resilience to Chronic Effects of COVID-19 and Deepening Our Understanding of ME/CFS
6 Institutes @NIH have sponsored an IACFS conference with $35,000 funding
RESEARCH AND CLINICAL CONFERENCE: INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CHRONIC FATIGUESYNDROME/MYALGIC ENCEPHALOMYELITIS
It's unclear to me where this money is going as participants for the virtual conference still need to pay. I would understand more if it was for hosting an in person 2 day conference and would allow more investigators to attend......
As for having 10mins per presenter. Hmmmmmm, I'd much prefer 20mins to get a full flavour of what the investigator is working on.
And on the Conference registration page it's implied that Solve ME/CFS and OMF are adding funds or in some other way helping faciltate the conference.....
IACFS/ME August 21, 2020 Virtual Conference Schedule
Thanks Tom for posting this! And thank you to everyone else for bumping this up and your comments!
To answer some of your questions:
1. IACFS/ME is a 30-yr. old professional organization of clinicians and researchers dedicated to researching and taking care of people affected by ME/CFS. Many of the clinicians and researchers you are familiar with are long-time members of IACFS/ME. We are the equivalent of, for example, the American Medical Association or the American College of Physicians or the British Medical Association, albeit we are smaller and specifically directed at professionals engaged in ME/CFS research and patient care. IACFS/ME also welcomes patient and caregiver members interested in supporting scientific dialogue about ME/CFS.
This is our main website. Our activities include holding international medical conferences every 2-3 years on ME/CFS (see our 2016 program and the numerous other meetings we have held over 3 decades), publishing a peer-reviewed quarterly journal about ME/CFS, publishing clinical guidance like the 2014 Clinician Primer, and advocating for science-backed medical care, research, and healthcare policy.
Because the organization is run primarily by clinicians, researchers, and other ME/CFS professionals on a volunteer basis (i.e. it is not our job), most of our energy is focused on the above activities and less on other efforts, including publicity. I myself am a medical researcher/ educator. We do not have paid full-time staff. We always welcome volunteers though! If you are interested, e-mail us through the Contact Us form. You can also sign up to receive announcements from us and even join us as an Associate member.
2. NIH Funding: Originally, we planned to hold a 3.5 day conference in person at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY. Many researchers, clinicians, and organizations submitted work to be presented. However, the original meeting was cancelled due to COVID-19. Since government funding does not allow us to change the original format of the meeting, this virtual meeting is NOT being funded by NIH. We do hope to resume in-person conferences in the future.
3. Talk formats: For scientific conferences and medical presentations, 10 minutes is not considered an unusually short time. Speakers ideally should be focused and concise. We also want to leave adequate time for discussion and interaction with the audience, often the most lively parts of our meetings.
Presentations are not meant to cover every study in detail but to highlight/ discuss major findings. In fact, in order to publish a scientific article after a conference presentation, journals prefer that scientists not present every aspect of their research so some new materials is presented when the article is published. Otherwise, the study is considered "already published."
We also surveyed members and the public previously about how long the wanted a virtual conference to run for and most preferred a shorter format.
4. Public access: Recognizing the lack of accurate, timely ME/CFS information available, we welcome patients and caregivers to all our meetings. Many of our in-person meetings include talks with content designed and less technical language for patients. Most scientific/ medical meetings do not have patient-oriented sessions nor lower prices for non-professional attendees. For US patient attendees, some may be able to deduct conference registration fees from your taxes: please consult with your personal tax professional.
Finally, we always have a few writers from the ME/CFS community reporting on the meeting. They cover highlights and occasionally interview speakers. Most of these summaries are made available freely after the meeting.
Thank you for your interest!
Also, a unique aspect of our meetings are we do not select pre-select most of our speakers. Anyone can apply to speak at our meetings and they do via an abstract submission site months before a meeting. As far as I know, other ME/CFS meetings do not have the same process. We do that because we want as many different speakers and ideas as possible (solutions do not necessarily come from the most senior researchers or "prestigious" institutions) as long as their scientific method is sound. What that means though is extra time, effort, and resources needed to review many submissions.
The process is not governed solely by IACFS/ME but intentionally designed to be independently vetted. For this meeting, Stony Brook University's School of Medicine will perform that duty. That helps increase the quality of presentations, allows professionals to receive educational credit for their attendence, and assures any financial conflicts of interest are addressed or resolved.
This is just a reminder that registration for the IACFS/ME Virtual Conference closes a day before the meeting. Registration closes THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, at 12 AM. This is to ensure all registrants receive the link to the meeting and the meeting program in a timely manner.
To find out more about the meeting, visit the main conference web page.
To register, click here.
Are you worried about using Zoom Webinar?
Are your concerns preventing you from joining our August 21, 2020 IACFS/ME Virtual Conference?
If so, join IACFS/ME for a LIVE Conference Attendee Rehearsal. This short 10-minute presentation will familiarize you with how to join Zoom and also the Chat/ Question and Answer functions. We will also have additional time for questions. The rehearsal will take place Thursday, August 13, at 8 AM Pacific Standard Time (San Francisco, CA, USA). For your local date/ time, check Time and Date.
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
If you are unable to attend, we will be sharing a recording of the rehearsal afterwards with registrants and on our main conference web page. You can also visit this Zoom link for written information on how to participate.
To register for the conference itself (NOT this rehearsal), visit our main conference web page. Conference registration closes AUGUST 20 at 12 AM EST (New York City, USA). This is one day BEFORE the meeting.
A link to the recording of the meeting will be shared with registered attendees after the conference.
To learn about how to join/ use Zoom for the conference, see this 10-minute video.
Slides presented on the video are attached.
Anyone tweeting on this? What hashtag(s)?
Did anybody watch?
You couldn't just watch, you had to pay to register
..did anyone pay to register/watch then? Just curious.
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