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Reprinted with the kind permission of Open Medicine Foundation.
On Sunday, May 28th Linda gave an inspiring presentation at a public meeting in Dublin at an airport hotel. The meeting was set up by Tom and Vera Kindlon of the Irish ME/CFS Association. Over 80 people attended: half of them were patients, and the other half were parents and caregivers.
Linda had the honor of speaking after Dr. Rosamund Vallings from New Zealand. Dr. Vallings spoke about the illness, diagnosis and current treatment ideas for about 45 min. Dr. Vallings (MD) has over three decades of experience in the field of ME/CFS and is one of New Zealand’s leading authorities on ME/CFS. She is one of the authors of the 2011 International Consensus Criteria case definition. She was recognized by the Queen in the 2008 New Year’s Honours when awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM). Dr. Vallings was also awarded the prestigious international Nelson Gantz Clinician’s Award at the 2016 International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome conference (IACFS/ME) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Vallings has voluntarily served for over 27 years as President of the Associated New Zealand ME Society (ANZMES) and later as Medical Advisor and Committee Member.
Following Dr. Vallings, Linda spoke for approximately 35 minutes with an additional hour of questions and answers. Patients were especially interested in OMF research updates and the hope they provided. All attendees signed up to receive the OMF newsletter to closely follow our progress in the future. To sign up, go to: https://www.omf.ngo/newsletter-sign-up/.
After the speakers, Vera Kindlon of the Irish ME/CFS Association announced that all proceeds from the Dublin meeting (155€ in total) and an additional 10.000€ from the Association’s research fund will be donated to OMF to fund research projects. Linda had a very inspiring weekend in Dublin and she was very touched by the warmhearted welcome of Vera, Tom and so many others. Thank you so much to our Irish ME/CFS friends for your warm welcome, splendid organization and 10.155€ in donations! Welcome to Team OMF!