The 5th Invest in ME

International ME/CFS Conference 2010

A New Era in ME/CFS Research


Here is the provisional conference agenda

Registration is from 07.45. The conference begins at 09.00 and finishes at 17.30.

For conference delegates - please aim to be in your seat by 08:55

Start Presenter Presentation


08.55 Invest in ME Welcome to the Conference


Professor Leonard Jason PhD

How Case Definitions Can Stigmatize: Implications for Epidemiology, Etiology, and Pathophysiology


Professor Nora Chapman  PhD

Persistent Enteroviral Infections


Dr John Chia MD

Enteroviruses in ME/CFS, Diagnosis and Treatment

11.15 Break


Dr Paul Cheney MD, PhD   

Diastolic Dysfunction in ME/CFS:  A Cardiac Manifestation of Cellular Energy Defects in ME/CFS.


Dr. Jonathan Kerr MD, PhD   

Study of SNPs to determine subtype status in CFS patients
12.50 Lunch


Dr Nancy Klimas MD

Immunological Biomarkers in ME/CFS
14:25 Professor Brigitte Huber PhD  Presence of Retrovirus as a Biomarker for ME/CFS
15.10 Coffee/tea Break


Mrs Annette Whittemore

Future Pathways of Research into ME


Dr. Judy Mikovits PhD

Implications of XMRV Research for ME/CFS


Professor Malcolm Hooper and Presenters

Plenary Session

17.30 Adjourn

(Please note that the agenda, format and times are subject to change. We recommend that you look in Conference News to keep abreast of news relating to the conference)

Conference Speakers

Invest in ME are pleased to announce the following presenters at the conference -

The 5th Invest in ME International ME/CFS Conference 2010

A New Era in ME/CFS Research

Dr. Judy Mikovits Dr. Judy Mikovits obtained her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from George Washington University. She is Research Director at the Whittemore Peterson Nevada CFS centre for Neuro-Immune disorders and has co-authored over 40 peer reviewed publications that address fundamental issues of viral pathogenesis, hematopoiesis and cytokine biology.

Dr Mikovits was co-author of the "Detection of an Infectious Retrovirus, XMRV, in Blood Cells of Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" research paper in October 2009 in Science magazine - click here.

Professor Brigitte HuberDr Brigitte Huber

Tufts Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Professor Huber studied immunogenetics at University of London and is currently Professor of Pathology at Tufts University, Boston, USA. Dr. Huber joined the faculty of Tufts Medical School in 1977, and her laboratory has investigated the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the immune response since that time.

She has studied the presence of retrovirus HERV K-18 as a marker for those who might develop ME/CFS after an acute infection such as mononucleosis. Her research shows that EBV induces the HERV K-18 envelope gene to trigger the expression of a specific superantigen and that there are more HERV K-18 alleles in post-mono ME/CFS patients than in controls. She hopes to identify other subsets among CFS patients.

Dr. Jonathan KerrDr Jonathan Kerr

Dr Jonathan Kerr is Sir Joseph Hotung Senior Lecturer in Inflammation, St George's University of London. Dr. Kerr is now the principal investigator in a programme of research in ME/CFS. This involves development of a diagnostic test using mass spectrometry, analysis of human and viral gene expression in the white blood cells, and clinical trials of immunomodulatory drugs. He has recently published research identifying distinct subtypes in patients with ME/CFS.

More research by Dr Kerr - click here.

Dr Paul Cheney

Dr. Paul Cheney, MD, PhD, is Medical Director of the Cheney Clinic in Asheville, North Carolina.

For more than 25 years, Dr. Cheney has been a pioneering clinical researcher in the field of ME/CFS and has been an internationally recognized authority on the subject of ME/CFS. 

He has published numerous articles and lectured around the world on ME/CFS and is author/co-author of numerous publications and scientific presentations about ME/CFS.

Dr. John Chia

Dr John Chia is an infectious disease specialist practicing in Torrance, California, USA and has published research recently (Chronic fatigue syndrome  associated with chronic enterovirus infection of the stomach) on the role of enteroviruses in the aetiolgy of ME/CFS – an area which has been implicated as one of the causes by a number of studies. There are more than 70 different types of enteroviruses that can affect the central nervous system, heart and muscles, all of which is consistent with the symptoms of ME/CFS.  By analyzing samples of stomach tissue from 165 patients with CFS, Dr. Chia's team discovered that 82% of these individuals had high levels of enteroviruses in their digestive systems. Dr Chia's research may result in the development of antiviral drugs to treat the debilitating symptoms of ME/CFS.
Dr Nancy Klimas

Dr Nancy Klimas MD, is a Professor of Medicine, Psychology, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. She is the University’s director of the Allergy and Immunology Clinic  as well as Director of Research for the Clinical AIDS/HIV Research at the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Centre.

She is a member of the federal CFS Advisory Committee (CFSAC) and former President and current Board Member of the International Association of CFS/ME (IACFS/ME) and a founding editor of the Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Dr Klimas has been a leader in the field of ME/CFS research for many years and recently Dr Klimas opened a model clinic for CFS patients with the aim to treat patients as well as train doctors. Dr Klimas has published  over a 130 peer reviewed scientific papers.

As the principal investigator of one of the NIH sponsored CFS Research Centers she leads a multidisciplinary research team representing the fields of immunology, autonomic medicine, neuroendocrinology, behavioural psychology, rheumatology, nutrition, and exercise physiology. The University of Miami CFS Research Center is exploring interactions between the immune, autonomic and neuroendocrine.

Professor Nora Chapman PhD

Professor Nora Chapman is a Research Scientist at the University of Nebraska Enterovirus Research Laboratory and Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Centre.

Professor Chapman studies persistent coxsackie infections in murine models of chronic myocarditis and dilated cardiomyopathy.

She and her associates have demonstrated that selection of defective enterovirus in heart and other tissues leads to persistent infections despite active antiviral immune responses.

Dr. Chapman is presently studying the mode of selection of these viruses and the effects of replication of these viruses upon infected cell function.

Dr. Chapman and her associates at the University of Nebraska are further investigating Dr. John Chia’s work in regards to enterovirus in the gut biopsies.

Professor Leonard Jason

Professor Jason has been among the most prolific of all ME/CFS researchers. For more than a decade, Professor Jason and his team at DePaul University’s Centre for Community Research in Chicago have worked to define the scope and impact of ME/CFS  worldwide.

Professor Jason was Vice President of the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (now the IACFS/ME) and has been a key driver of CFS research since 1991, and is uniquely positioned to support collaboration between CFS researchers, patients, and government decision makers. His studies have shown that the direct and indirect costs of ME/CFS amount to $20 billion in the U.S. each year, and more than 1 million people suffer from ME/CFS as opposed to the estimated 20,000 people originally reported by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). 

Professor Malcolm Hooper (conference Chair) Chair of the 5th Invest in ME International ME/CFS Conference 2010 will be Professor Malcolm Hooper, Emeritus Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Sunderland.

Professor Hooper is an internationally-renowned expert on ME/CFS and a tireless campaigner for patients' rights.

Professor Hooper has previously chaired Invest in ME conferences and participates in The Hooper Interviews - interviews with conference speakers at the Invest in ME Conferences (see here).



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Last Updated: 18/05/2010