What do we know about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? - an update on research

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The Atrium

455 Hagley Avenue

Christchurch, Canterbury 8011

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Hear about recent research that is informing guidance for management of ME/CFS

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Dr Eiren Sweetman will overview recent key research findings from the US, Norway, Australia, and Otago University. How will this growing understanding of the disease biology inform clinical care now and in the future?

Hear about recent research that is informing guidance for management of ME/CFS;

  • Her group's results from their transcriptome, proteome, mitochondrial and epigenetic studies thus far - implicating inflammation, oxidative stress and mitochondrial function in ME/CFS pathology.
  • The key symptom of post-exertional malaise in ME/CFS, and the proposed theory by Paul Fisher, supported by Otago's own results, that dysfunction in mitochondrial energy production may explain this.
  • The potential of Ron Davis' nanoneedle diagnostic test.
  • The recent IDO metabolic trap hypothesis from Dr Robert Phair
  • Øystein Fluge's metabolism studies and Rituximab (if time allows).
  • The new collaboration between Harvard and Stanford in the US, and how exciting this news is for ME/CFS research.

ME/CFS research has come a long way in the last 5 or so years - we know much more about the illness.

*CFS or ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)

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6:45 pm Tea /coffee and refreshments

7:00 pm Presentation

Target Audience

Suitable for those working in primary and secondary care with people with ME/CFS.

People with ME/CFS and their whānau.

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M.E. /CFS Canterbury

www.mecfscanterbury.nz / mecfs1@gmail.com

Alternative Event

Dr Sweetman is also speaking at the AGM of ME/CFS Group Canterbury on Wednesday, 30th October 2019, at 2.30 pm - Mary Potter Community Centre. For more details email mecfs1@gmail.com or visit our facebook events page

About Dr Eiren Sweetman

Eiren joined Professor Warren Tate's* research team at the University of Otago in 2011 as an undergraduate University student, and has been there since.

*Professor Tate is an internationally respected biochemist, winner of the 2010 Rutherford Medal, the 2018 Marsden Medal, and was also named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2011.

In 2011, in Eiren's last year of her Biochemistry Honours degree, she met with Warren to discuss the projects he had on offer for students that year. His team was working on two illnesses, Alzheimers disease and AIDS, but he had another project in mind, which was to begin investigating the poorly understood but relatively common illness ME/CFS. Eiren chose this project and hasn't looked back.

She completed her Honour's year and Masters degree work, investigating a possible diagnostic biomarker for ME/CFS - an immune protein called Protein Kinase R. Her PhD expanded her research into trying to understand the biology behind ME/CFS, to better inform diagnosis and treatment.

Eiren has continued with Professor Tate's team after graduating with a PhD in May 2018, and is now managing the team's ME/CFS research projects.

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Christchurch, Canterbury 8011

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