Government Advocacy

Solve ME/CFS Initiative Hosts IOM Briefing in D.C.

April 2, 2015

On March 25, the Solve ME/CFS Initiative hosted a briefing in Washington, D.C., on the IOM report on ME/CFS [SEID]. The briefing gathered congressional representatives, reporters, government officials and researchers while more than 300 viewed the event through a live webcast. The landmark report was reviewed and Carol Head made a strong and compelling call for more federal research funding. Read More…

SMCI Comment on the Institute of Medicine Report – Part 1 of 5

April 1, 2015

In February, the IOM released its landmark report on ME/CFS [SEID]. In this first of a five-part blog series, Dr. Suzanne D Vernon, SMCI Scientific Director breaks down the report piece by piece, beginning with making the critical distinction between a research case definition and clinical diagnostic criteria. Read More…

Morgan Fairchild Joins SMCI in DC for IOM Report Briefing

March 12, 2015

Morgan Fairchild Joins SMCI in DC for an IOM Report Briefing: On March 25, SMCI will host a briefing on the IOM report in Washington, D.C. The goal is to further the IOM report momentum and turn the report into action, particularly by urging additional federal research funding.
Learn more and register to participate…

Guest Blog: Dr. Lucinda Bateman on the Discussion Surrounding the IOM Report

February 27, 2015

Lucinda Bateman, MD, specializes in the diagnosis and management of unexplained chronic fatigue, ME/CFS and fibromyalgia. Having served on the IOM committee that produced the recent report, Beyond ME/CFS: Redefining an Illness, she brings an in-depth, well-informed opinion to the conversation surrounding the IOM report on ME/CFS, the new diagnostic criteria and the proposed name, Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID). READ MORE…

Guest Blog: Changing the Conversation – IOM Report Sparks Re-evaluation of ME/CFS in the Media

February 13, 2015

On Tuesday the IOM released its report, “Beyond Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Redefining an Illness”. This landmark report has been highlighted the media this week in more than 300 articles including JAMA, Annals, Science, Nature and a host of accessible lay media including NYT, Al Jazeera America, NPR, CBS Online and HealthDay. In this guest blog, Cort Johnson discusses how the IOM report is changing the conversation. READ MORE…

Wanted: Patient Participation in Quality of ME/CFS Medical Care Survey

January 23, 2015

The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee’s Centers of Excellence Working Group invites the participation of all ME/CFS patients, 18 years of age and older, worldwide, but particularly within the United States, to participate in an online survey the purpose of which is to determine the […]

Public Release of the IOM ME/CFS Study February 10

January 23, 2015

The IOM’s Committee on the Diagnostic Criteria for ME/CFS will hold a public release event for its consensus report on February 10th, 2015 from 11:00 am-12:00 pm EST. Participants may attend live or view via webstream. LEARN MORE and REGISTER…

The P2P Report – CFSAC Drafts Substantive, Expert Response

January 15, 2015

On 1/13/2015, the CFSAC met and finalized its response and feedback to the P2P draft report. SMCI participated in the process, with Carol Head, president and CEO, serving on the CFSAC working group. SMCI will endorse the CFSAC response in it’s feedback to the P2P panel concerning the report. LEARN MORE…

P2P Draft Report Set to be Published, 30 days for Feedback

December 18, 2014

On December 9 & 10, the Pathway to Prevention Workshop for “Advancing the Research on ME/CFS” was held. The draft report is scheduled to be posted on December 18, 2014 with a 30 day comment period. The Solve ME/CFS Initiative will work with members of its Research Advisory Council and other advisers to issue a response to the report. Access the workshop recordings a READ MORE