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October 19, Oslo Norway – International Conference on Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME) for Health Personnel, Sponsored by the Norwegian ME Association and Featuring Research Updates by 15 Top Experts

  [ 139 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ] • September 25, 2007

Details regarding the Friday, October 19 program for health personnel, to be presented largely in English, are as follows, with registration details. (A program on the preceding day, Thursday, October 18, is for Patients and Caregivers.)

LOCATION: the Oslo Kongressenter, Samfunnssalen, Oslo, Norway

ORGANIZER: Norwegian Myalgic Encephalopathy Association


08.00 Registration

09.00 Welcome by Chair:
Professor Ola Didrik Saugstad, MD, PhD, FRCPE, Department of Pediatric Research, The National Hospital (Rikshospitalet-Radiumhospitalet), Oslo

09.05 Official Opening
Minister of Health and Care Services, Sylvia Brustad

09.15 Plans for Managing ME Patients at Ulleval University Hospital
Oddbjrrn Brubakk, MD, PhD, Department of Infectious Diseases, Ulleval University Hospital, Oslo

09.30 ME Epidemic Following a Giardia lamblia Infection in Bergen
Professor Harald Nyland, MD, PhD, Department of Neurology, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen

09.45 Diagnosing ME in Adults
Charles W. Lapp, MD, Private Practice Clinician, Hunter Hopkins Center, Charlotte; Clinical Professor, Duke University, Durham, NC

10.10 Pediatric Criteria and Diagnosing ME in Children and Adolescents
David S. Bell, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, University of NY Buffalo, NY

10.35 Coffee/tea break

10.50 The Importance of the ME/CFS Case Definition and Why the Name ME/CFS Matters
Professor Leonard A. Jason, PhD, Psychologist, Clinical and Community Psychology, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois

11.25 Brain Pathology in ME
Professor Gudrun Lange, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Radiology and Psychiatry, UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School, East Orange, NJ

12.00 Lunch

13.00 ME Research in Japan
Professor Hirohiko Kuratsune, MD, PhD, Dept. of Health Science, Kansai University of Welfare Science, Osaka, Japan

13.15 Immunology in ME
Professor Nancy Klimas, MD, Dept. of Medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL

13.40 Update in Biomedical Research and Treatment
Professor Kenny De Meirleir, MD, PhD, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

14.05 Sleep Problems and Pain Syndromes in ME
Charles W. Lapp, MD, Private Practice Clinician, Hunter Hopkins Center, Charlotte; Clinical Professor, Duke University, Durham, NC

14.25 Coffee/tea break

14.40 Coping and Phase-Based Management in ME: Improving Outcomes through the Fennell Four-Phase Treatment Approach
Patricia Fennell, MSW, LCSW-R; President, Albany Health Management Associates, Inc., Latham, NY

15.00 Doctors' Attitude towards ME
Assistant Professor Fred Friedberg, PhD, Psychologist, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

15.20 Open forum/questions

15.50 Close
Professor Birgitta Evengard, MD, PhD, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm


You must register for the conference by October 2nd. You register at:

Thursday October 18th is for patients and care-takers and costs (NOK) kr. 350.-

Friday October 19th is reserved for health personnel and costs (NOK) kr. 1400,-.

The fee includes course materials, coffee/tea and lunch.

An invoice for the conference fee will be sent you when you are registered. The conference fee must be paid in time in order to assure your participation.

There will be some beds available in the conference room for those who need to lie down.

The conference language is mainly English. Professor Evengard will be speaking in Swedish. Professor Nyland and Dr. Med. Brubakk will be speaking in Norwegian.


For those who need to stay overnight we have reserved single rooms with breakfast at the Thon Hotel Slottsparken from October 17th to 20th at (NOK) kr. 960,- a night. You reserve and pay for your room directly with the hotel. The telephone number is 0047-23 25 66 00.

In order to get the special reservation price you need to give the following reference number: 3296 650. This offer is open until October 2nd

The Conference Venue:
Oslo Kongressenter, Samfunnssalen,
Arbeidersamfunnets plass 1

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