On Thursday April 4 and Friday April 5, 2019, NIH will be hosting the Accelerating Research on ME/CFS meeting in Bethesda, MD. The two-day meeting, which has the goal of driving the ME/CFS research field forward by identifying gaps and opportunities through presentations of newer research, will be webcast and made publicly available. Experts as well as newcomers in the ME/CFS field will be presenting their research, and there will also be several panel discussions. From Jackson Labs, Derya Unutmaz, MD, will present on the link between the microbiome and immune system, and Julia Oh, PhD, will also discuss the importance of the microbiome in ME/CFS. Dr. Lucinda Bateman of Bateman Horne Center (BHC), will talk about orthostatic intolerance as part of a clinician panel. There will also be a group discussion Q&A moderated by Terri Wilder of #MEAction.
The day before the conference, on April 3, 2019, NIH will also host a workshop for young/early career ME/CFS investigators, called Thinking the Future. Attendees will learn key networking and grant writing skills, listen to a panel of non-profit funders, and give presentations on their own ME/CFS research ideas. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a poster session at the first day of the Accelerating Research on ME/CFS meeting on April 4th.