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FRIDAY, JAN 11 - LIVE CHAT Q&A with ME/CFS researcher NANCY KLIMAS, MD – 3 to 4 pm PST (6 to 7 pm EST)

  [ 234 votes ]   [ 7 Comments ] • January 9, 2008

ProHealth sponsored a Live Chat Q&A Event with international ME/CFS/FM research leader Dr. Nancy Klimas, MD, on Friday, Jan 11 in the Community Chat Room.

Dr. Klimas is recognized worldwide for her work at the University of Miami (FL) to expand our understanding of ME/CFS/FM and Gulf War Illness, and for her unceasing efforts to share that knowledge with physicians and policy makers. Dr. Klimas is, for example:

n Professor of Medicine-Psychology, Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine and Miami VA Medical Center.

To read Dr. Klimas's succinct explanation of the basic mechanisms of ME/CFS - and learn how she decided to focus on CFS research more than 20 years ago - see “University of Miami ME/CFS Researcher Nancy Klimas, MD, Explains Complexity of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Terms That Anybody Can Understand.”

n Director of the Miller School's EM Papper Laboratories of Clinical Immunology and VA Gulf War Illness and ME/CFS Research Center. Her current studies include:

  • "Good Day/Bad Day" - an investigation of the immune system's possible role in the severity of ME/CFS symptoms.
  • "Gulf War Research Study" - to analyze the role of gene expression patterns in the symptoms of Gulf War Illness and ME/CFS.
  • n President of the International Association of CFS/ME (IACFS/ME) - a global organization of ME/CFS clinical & research scientists.

    See "The Need for Treatment Guidelines" - Dr. Klimas's recent announcement that "The IACFS/ME will sponsor the development of treatment guidelines." She notes that "In the USA, more than 80% of CFS/ME patients have not found a provider expert enough to make a diagnosis, let alone treat their illness. It is a gaping hole in our health care system, and is true across the globe. Our patients are falling into this chasm. The lack of providers with any training in this field guarantees that this will remain the single biggest issue facing our patients. As investigators, it deprives us of our subject population and skews the population we do study to those patients who can overcome the barriers of our health care systems to seek expert care. All in all, this is simply unacceptable."

    n A founding editor of the Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and author of more than 120 peer reviewed articles and 3 books.

    One of Dr. Klimas's most recent publications - "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Inflammation, immune function, and neuroendocrine interactions" - summarizes important international ME/CFS research advances achieved during 2007.

    Another recent article, "Impaired natural immunity, cognitive dystunction, and physical symptoms in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Preliminary evidence for a subgroup," supports consideration of Natural Killer cell activity as a subgroup marker in ME/CFS. NK cells play a major role in the body's rejection of cells infected by viruses.

    Dr. Klimas examines brain and immune system responses to emotional and physical stressors, and the impact of brain-immune interactions in "Psychoneuroimmunology and Fatigue" - part of a book titled Fatigue as a Window to the Brain (2005).

    And in 1997 Dr. Klimas edited a collection of articles titled ">"Disability and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Clinical, Legal and Patient Perspectives" that included contributions by ME/CFS doctor Daniel Peterson, MD, legal experts, and patients.

    n A leader in efforts to create ME/CFS/FM educational curricula for healthcare professionals.

    n A member of the CFS Name Change Advisory Board, which proposed that the name for 'Chronic Fatigue Syndrome' be changed to the acronym ME/CFS - and now a member of the Campaign for a Fair Name's Fair Name Implementation Committee.

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    ME/CFS and post polio syndrome
    Posted by: erika65
    Jan 3, 2008
    What do You think about this article? I have post polio syndrome and have the same problem like CFS.
    Reply Reply

    Thanks for the post good info!!!
    Posted by: iforgetto
    Jan 4, 2008


    post polio syndrome
    Posted by: serenewoman
    Jan 9, 2008
    i will read, caught my eye because my bro has post polio syndrome and we both were of salk era and had both sugarcube and shots 2 yrs in a row!


    how do we sign up for dr klimas chat?
    Posted by: serenewoman
    Jan 9, 2008
    hi, i'm a newbie to chat rooms.. what do i need to do for listening to dr klimas chat friday?
    Reply Reply

    immune dysfunction
    Posted by: joanierav
    Jan 11, 2008
    hi nancy. is there really anything to boost the immune system? thank you joanierav


    For Newbie - how to join the chat
    Posted by: minnesota
    Jan 11, 2008
    To join the chat go to the ProHealth Community chat room (it's at ) If you are not already a chat user, you can register there by creating a username and password, so you should do this ahead of time. If you use the scroll bar and move it down you will see a special Dr. Klimas chat room and we will be able to enter that at around 3:00 Pacific Time, when the chat is supposed to start. A "chat" means we type our questions and the doctor types answers.
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