Royal Society of Medicine Conference: Chronic fatigue syndrome: 28 April 2008

On Monday, 28 April the Royal Society of Medicine is holding a conference on “Chronic fatigue syndrome” for members of the RSM and health care professionals.  See Royal Society of Medicine website for Registration information, Speakers and Conference Session details.

The RSM says:

“The aim of the meeting is to take a broad look at chronic fatigue syndrome, examining its nature and definition, pathophysiology, epidemiology, clinical assessment and diagnosis, the patient perspective, and various approaches to treatment. This is a scientific conference and there will be an emphasis on an evidence-based approach throughout.”

The final programme says:

“Chronic fatigue syndrome is a common and debilitating illness which can persist for years. Despite extensive research, the nature and pathogenesis of the condition remain enigmatic. There is continuing uncertainty and controversy concerning the physical and psychological components that may contribute to the initiation and perpetuation of the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.

“Those attending the meeting will gain understanding of the various aspects of CFS being discussed, and be better able to help people suffering from this disabling condition. The conference is intended for all health professionals who are involved in the assessment and treatment of those with CFS.”

Here’s the line-up of speakers:

  • Professor Peter White, Barts and the London Queen Mary School of Medicine and Dentistry (What is CFS?)*
  • Dr Anthony Cleare, Institute of Psychiatry, London (Pathophysiology)
  • Professor Simon Wessely, King’s College London (Epidemiology)
  • Professor Chris Dowrick, Liverpool (Physician’s approach)
  • Professor Matthew Hotopf, Institute of Psychiatry, London (Psychiatrist’s approach)
  • Professor Richard Baker, Leicester University (NICE Guidelines)
  • Professor Rona Moss-Morris, University of Southampton (CBT and GET)
  • Dr Alastair Miller, Royal Liverpool University Hospital (What drugs can I use?)

*Presentation title has since been changed to: What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and what is ME?

and Session chairmen:

  • Dr John Scadding, from the Royal Society of Medicine
  • Professor Anthony Pinching, Peninsula Medical School, Cornwall
  • Professor Mansel Aylward, Unum Provident Centre for Disability, Cardiff University
  • Professor Kam Bhui, Department of Psychiatry, Queen Mary School of Medicine and Dentistry
 …more psychs than you can shake a stick at. 

A peaceful demonstration will be held on the afternoon of 28 April outside the Royal Society of Medicine.


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