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Phoenix Rising: The Symposium on Viruses in CFS

Friday 15 August 2008

CFS Phoenix Phoenix Rising is an informative newsletter put out monthly by American CFS suffererCort Johnsonon his website CFS Phoenix.

You can subscribe to the newsletter as well as download each issue.

The latest from Cort is entitled “The Symposium on Viruses in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”.

Here is Cort’s introduction:

Welcome to a special edition of Phoenix Rising. In this edition we cover the first conference ever devoted specifically to viruses in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS): the Symposium on Viruses in CFS. The Symposium took place directly after the International HHV-6 Conference in Baltimore, Md. in May of this year. It featured a who-who's lineup of speakers in CFS research including Dr. Montoya, Dr. Kerr, Dr. Klimas, Dr. Vernon, Dr. Lloyd, Dr. Peterson, Dr. Chia, Dr. De Meirleir and others.

ME/CFS patients also turned out in force. By the time the 'Symposium' was underway the room was as full as it ever was during the three day HHV-6 'Conference'. Dr. Vollmer-Conna marvelled at all the patients present stating she'd never seen anything like it at a scientific conference.

The infectious side of the research community may be the most innovative and creative of all. During the conference we got introduced to intriguing questions such as

• Is a difficult to detect central nervous infection responsible for the mood disorders in ME/CFS?
• Could an endogenous retrovirus residing in ME/CFS patients DNA somehow have sprung to life?
• Could a smoldering infection in the heart be causing the fatigue in ME/CFS?
• Is there a distinct neuro-immune fatigue subset in this disease?
• Are we close to finding an immune biomarker for this disease?
• Has the Dubbo team figured out what happens as people come down with ME/CFS during an infection?
• How well do antiviral drugs work and what kinds of drugs are in the pipeline?
• Are entire networks of cells acting strangely in ME/CFS?

The overview of the conference comes in two parts.

Part I
Part II

Next up an interview with Dr. Chia.



Phoenix Rising in the news:

14/09/09: The Conference Edition III
22/07/09: A remarkable story of recovery
29/05/09: March 2009 Edition
17/01/09: December 2008 Edition
15/12/08: The News Edition
17/10/08: The Cortisol Edition
15/09/08: Interview with Dr Ken Friedman Part III
10/09/08: Treating Orthostatic Intolerance
25/08/08: Congressional Briefing etc
15/08/08: The Symposium on Viruses in CFS
06/07/08: Interview with Dr Ken Friedman Part II
18/06/08: Nancy Klimas on the Immune System, Treatment and the Future
24/05/08: Interview with Tom Hennessy
08/05/08: The Advocacy Month Part II
25/04/08: Interview with Dr Ken Friedman
16/04/08: February 2008
26/03/08: Interview with Martha Kilcoyne
12/03/08: January 2008
29/01/08: End of year ‘Story Edition’
22/12/07: 2006 Year in Review
27/11/07: Interview with Dr Suzanne Vernon
02/11/07: Interview with Rik Carlson
15/10/07: The Autonomic Nervous System Edition
25/09/07: The CDC Prevalence Definition Edition
07/07/07: First Advocacy Edition
07/06/07: March/April 2007 issue
21/04/07: Special Edition: Pat Fero interview
10/04/07: January/February 2007 issue
08/03/07: Special Edition: IACFS Conference report, part 2
30/01/07: Special Edition: IACFS Conference
19/01/07: January 2007 edition
05/01/07: The IACFS Conference Edition
14/12/06: Special Edition: Dorothy Wall interview
05/12/06: October 2006 newsletter
25/10/06: September 2006 newsletter
04/10/06: August 2006 newsletter
26/07/06: June 2006 newsletter
16/06/06: May 2006 newsletter
02/06/06: March & April 2006 newsletters
28/03/06: January & February 2006 newsletters
04/02/06: December 2005 newsletter
04/01/06: November 2005 newsletter


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