The Solve ME/CFS Initiative (SMCI) Board of Directors convened in the Washington, D.C., area for its fall meeting Oct. 2-4. Board members and staff spent the weekend reviewing progress and sharing ideas on how to make the most impact for patients in the shortest amount of time. The group discussed recent developments in the ME/CFS field and a research strategy that will leverage those developments to the community’s best advantage.
The Board meeting was the first for Fred Friedberg, PhD, who is president of the International Association for CFS/ME and the lead author of the IACFS/ME Primer for Clinical Practitioners. Friedberg is an associate professor at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. He has received $2.5 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health to develop self-management programs for patients with ME/CFS and fibromyalgia. He has authored over 40 scientific papers in the medical literature and has published seven books. He is also founder and editor of the new peer review journal, Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health and Behavior published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis.