2010 Webinar Series Update
CFS & The Viral Connection
Guest Speaker: Dr. Anthony Komaroff
Thursday, September 16, 2010
12:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Because some cases of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) begin with a flu-like infection, several viruses and other infectious agents have been studied as possible causes of CFS. Although none of them have yet been proven to cause CFS, several have been associated with CFS, and the development of CFS following infection with several infectious agents has been well documented.
The October 2009 publication of the paper in Science linking the gammaretrovirus XMRV to CFS is the subject of intense scientific inquiry and debate. The August 2010 paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences associates a related, but different, group of gammaretroviruses with CFS. Yet, most doctors and researchers who think that infectious agents can trigger CFS believe it is unlikely that a single infectious agent will explain all cases.
Join CFS researcher and clinician Dr. Anthony Komaroff of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital for an exploration of some of the infectious agents and illnesses connected to CFS, including Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), Human Herpesvirus (HHV)-6, Q-fever, Ross River virus, Lyme Disease, Parvovirus, Borna disease virus, Influenza A (H1N1) virus (swine flu), retroviruses, enteroviruses and mycoplasmas.
Our webinar series continues on Tuesday, Oct. 5 Scientific Director Dr. Suzanne Vernon will lead a discussion with researchers Gordon Broderick, Kathy Light and Dikoma Shungu about how the Association's research program can help secure additional funding and accelerate uncovering promising discoveries for the field. Register now for Expanding Research: Building On Your Investment. https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/558875312
Tuesday, Oct. 21, join internist Dr. Morris Papernik of ProHealth Physicians Group and Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., for a discussion of common comorbid conditions in CFS -- illnesses or disorders that are present in addition to a primary disease or disorder. https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/892276977
On Thurs., Nov. 11, join Dr. Lucinda Bateman, founder of The Fatigue Consultation Clinic in Salt Lake City to learn some strategies to enhance communication with your medical team and avoid leaving the doctor's office feeling frustrated and depressed. "DOC TALK: Communicating with your health care team about CFS." https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/303014216
We've posted the recording, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iF30TVLaRE) slides (http://www.cfids.org/webinar/slides-090110.pdf) and written material (http://www.cfids.org/webinar/cfsinfo2010.pdf) for our most recent webinar on "Managing Orthostatic Intolerance," by Dr. Peter Rowe. You can find links to all the past webinar programs at http://www.cfids.org/webinar/series2010-past.asp.