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Dr. Anthony Komaroff Fall 2013 Lecture Video PDF Print E-mail

The Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association was pleased and honored to welcome back Anthony Komaroff, M.D., Simcox-Clifford-Higby Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Clinician and Researcher, as the keynote speaker at our Fall 2013 Educational Lecture. The title of Dr. Komaroff's talk was "CFS Research: Recent Progress and Challenges." The lecture took place on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Morse Institute Library in Natick, MA.

A video of this lecture is now available at YouTube.

YouTube links (YouTube versions can be only be accessed from this site or from the direct links; the videos are not searchable on YouTube) Select the lecture or the Questions & Answers segment below:

Dr. Komaroff's 2013 lecture "CFS Research: Recent Progress and Challenges" (56 minutes)

Dr. Komaroff's 2013 lecture Questions & Answers (37 minutes)


Some of the highlights from Dr. Komaroff's talk included advancements in gene technology and other methods which have improved the ability to research CFS and other illnesses. Dr. Komaroff explained that every gene can now be identified, but even more important, researchers can determine whether genes are turned on or off and detect changes or abnormalities in this process—these differences are what really matter because they may provide the link to the development of disease. He also reviewed several new treatments that have been studied scientifically and have shown encouraging results. Lastly, Dr. Komaroff emphasized the growing interest in CFS by scientists around the world.

 
Dr. Jo Solet Spring 2013 lecture video posted PDF Print E-mail

Jo M. Solet, MS, EdM, PhD, OTR/L was the keynote speaker at the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association's Spring Lecture held on April 6, 2013. Dr. Solet's talk was on "The Science of Sleep." The event was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and held at the Hinton State Laboratory Institute Auditorium in Jamaica Plain, MA.  

A video of the lecture is now available at YouTube.

YouTube links (YouTube versions can be only be accessed from this site or from the direct links; the videos are not searchable on YouTube):

Dr. Solet's presentation on "The Science of Sleep"

Read a written summary of her talk, The Science of Sleep. Also available are Dr. Solet's list of Tips for Sleep and Fatigue Management in CFIDS/ME & FM.  

Dr. Solet is a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School, a member of the Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine, and the Department of Medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance. She is the co-author of sleep disruption studies and is clinically trained in occupational therapy and behavioral medicine. Dr. Solet brought a unique perspective on sleep and how it impacts our health. 

Dr. Solet introduced us to the science of sleep and help us understand how sleep is structured and how it changes throughout our life cycle. She explained adverse effects of poor sleep, sleep debt and describe some ways sleep may be enhanced. She highlighted research findings on sleep abnormalities uncovered in CFIDS/ME and FM. Dr. Solet's lecture helped to uncover the many internal physiological changes and activities that happen during sleep and how it becomes disrupted. 

 

 
Dr. Byron Hyde 2012 Fall Lecture Videos Posted PDF Print E-mail

Byron Hyde, M.D. was the featured speaker at the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM (Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Fibromyalgia) Association's October 27, 2012, lecture. His topic was “Why Doctors Can’t Diagnose and What Tests Should be Considered.”

Videos of Dr. Hyde's talk are now posted on this site and on YouTube.

On-site version links:

YouTube links (YouTube versions are on a private channel and can be accessed from this site or from the direct links; the videos are not searchable on YouTube):


A written summary of this lecture is now available at Dr. Byron Hyde 2012 Fall Lecture Summary.

Dr. Hyde, an internationally recognized ME/CFIDS physician and researcher, is one of the few physicians worldwide whose practice has consisted solely of the study and treatment of ME and CFS patients since 1984. He is the founder of the Nightingale Research Foundation, Ottawa, Canada (www.nightingale.ca), which is dedicated to the study and treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and related illnesses.

One of the biggest issues for patients is getting a physician to RUN tests, then having them KNOW what the results mean, and finally what to try for TREATMENT.  Dr. Hyde has a long history of international research expertise in ME, known in the U.S. as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or CFIDS. His interest also extends to Fibromyalgia-type illnesses. He will explore the reasons physicians aren’t able to do their jobs, the patient suffering as a result, and which tests would point the physician in the correct direction.  

In 1984, Dr. Hyde switched from family practice medicine to the study of post-infectious Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. He travelled around the world for five years investigating ME epidemics and has a command of all the incarnations of various names of this illness going as far back as Florence Nightingale, for which his foundation was named. While many physicians in North America were unaware of ME, England had an established diagnostic criteria for ME. In 1992, in collaboration with leading ME/CFS authorities, Dr. Hyde published the first, comprehensive medical textbook about ME and CFS, The Clinical and Scientific Basis of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Today, the Nightingale Research Foundation’s priorities are individual patient-based research with total body/brain investigation of ME and CFS patients, as well as the development of a sophisticated database to consolidate these findings for analysis and publication.

 
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