April 11 Webinar On Cognition

Impaired cognition in CFS is one of the most disabling and frustrating symptoms patients experience. Deficits in short-term memory, information processing and processing speed have been documented by several groups. How closely does the medical literature reflect patients’ experiences and how can cognitive testing help support self-reported measures? Dr. Gudrun Lange, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the New Jersey Medical School and research scientist at the VA War Related Illness & Injury Center, joins Dr. Suzanne Vernon, scientific director of the Solve ME/CFS Initiative , to explore these topics.

The webinar will address:

What we know about cognitive function in CFS

  • from the patient’s perspective
  • from the researcher’s perspective
  • from the clinician’s perspective
  • fFrom the Social Security Administration’s perspective

Please join us on April 11 for a web program provided free-of-charge to all.

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Webinar recording and other resources: http://bit.ly/cognition-resources

For more information about cognition and CFS, please visit these resources:

Overview: This review by Dr. Gudrun Lange covers the difficulties CFS patients have multi-tasking and strategies she offers to her clinical neuropsychology patients to cope and compensate with deficits. From the IACFS/ME Bulletin, “Multi-Tasking: A Challenge for Patients With CFS.”

Video: Wilhelmina Jenkins, former Association board member and a physicist before CFS hit, talks candidly about her struggle with CFS, especially cognitive impairment, in this YouTube video: http://bit.ly/wIn3OF

First-Person Account: Dr. Katrina Berne, another former Association director and a clinical psychologist who treats CFS and lives with it herself, describes the characteristic cognitive impairment in “I Can’t Brain Today; I’ve Got the Dumb.”


March 15, 2012