On January 18, 2010, the Association held its first in a series of online seminars (“webinars”) with 624 preregistrants and 369 participants during the program.

XMRV: Implications for CFS Speaker: Lucinda Bateman, MD of Fatigue Consultation Clinic in Salt Lake City
Moderated by Suzanne D. Vernon, PhD

Dr. Lucinda Bateman, an internist whose practice is dedicated to the management and care of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia, walks through the basics of the latest research linking XMRV (a human retrovirus) and CFS. She will also share some insights into what this discovery might mean for the field and for patients, as well as her perspective on other current research efforts.

Dr. Suzanne Vernon is the CFIDS Association’s scientific director. She holds her doctorate in virology from the University of Wisconsin and had 17 years experience in public health research on infectious diseases before joining the Association’s staff in 2007 to lead its research program. Dr. Vernon will moderate the program. For up-to-date information about XMRV including links to three articles written by Dr. Vernon about recent studies, please visit the Association’s web site at http://www.cfids.org/XMRV/default.asp.

Unfortunately, a technical problem occurred during the presentation that prevents us from posting an archived version as we had hoped, but the presentation slides can be viewed at http://www.cfids.org/webinar/xmrv-slides-jan2010.pdf. You can access the audio file of program at http://www.cfids.org/webinar/xmrv-jan2010.mp3. Dr. Bateman has agreed to present an updated program on XMRV when she has additional news and data to share.

Dr. Bateman also provided information about the blood biomarker study being conducted at the University of Utah by Drs. Kathleen and Alan Light (slide #26 & #27). You can read more at http://www.cfids.org/cfidslink/2009/080503.asp. An illustration similar to the one in Dr. Bateman’s slides appeared on the cover of the Journal of Pain in October 2009. Updates from all the researchers currently funded by the Solve ME/CFS Initiative can be found at http://www.cfids.org/cfidslink/2010/010605.asp.

Program participants scored very high satisfaction levels for this program and presenters Drs. Bateman and Vernon. Topics and dates for new webinar programs can be found here. Check the website for news or receive it by email through our CFIDSLink monthly e-newsletter. We hope you’ll join us!