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The Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association, a 501(c)3 founded in 1985, exists to meet the needs of patients with CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) or FM (Fibromyalgia), their families and loved ones. The Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association works to educate health-care providers and the general public regarding these severely-disabling physical illnesses. We also support patients and their families and advocate for more effective treatment and research.

This conference, sponsored by the International Association for CFS/ME, brought together over 200 clinicians and researchers from 20 countries. The conference was held September 22-25 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Charles Lapp highlights what he found to be most important and interesting of the presentations. Read Dr. Lapp's summary.

Dr. Rosamund Vallings presents a brief summary of every paper presented in the plenary sessions, with a topic index. Read Dr. Vallings' summary.

Dr. Anthony Komaroff presented highlights of the conference from his perspective.  Read a summary.

View videos of the 13 presentations given on the Patient Day.

Notice about names

The Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association would like to clarify the use of the various acronyms for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Chronic Fatigue & Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) and  Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) on this site. When we generate our own articles on the illness, we will refer to it as ME/CFS, the term now generally used in the United States. When we are reporting on someone else’s report, we will use the term they use. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) are currently using ME/CFS. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are calling the illness CFS.

Until there is consensus on a name for the illness, the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association name will not change.