Conference-day registration will be possible from 7.45 and the conference begins at 08.55 on Saturday 30th May 2020.
Please note: Times and presentations are subject to change and Invest in ME Research accept no responsibility for cancellations, changes to presentations, changes to sequences of presentations or for the timings.
IIMEC15 Conference Agenda
Registration will be at reception on the first floor and refreshments will be available in the Great Hall.
Opening of the 15th International ME Conference
Read the chairman's Welcome to IIMEC15 Message
ME Research Update at National Institutes of Health, USA
Dr Vicky Whittemore
National Institutes of Health, USA
A Collaborative Future for European Research into ME Emerges with New Multi-centre Projects
Dr Jesper Mehlsen
MD Klinik Mehlsen, Frederiksberg, Denmark
Icelandic Research into ME and Historical Context
Dr Friðbjörn Sigurdsson
National Landspitali University Hospital of Iceland | LSH · Department of Internal Medicine, Reykjavik, Iceland
Paediatric Research and Clinical Care
Professor Kristian Sommerfelt
Pediatric Department Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen Norway
Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Bergen, Norway
Clinical Diagnosis, Research and Treatment of ME - a USA Perspective
Dr Lucinda Bateman
Bateman Horne Center, Utah, USA
Current Status with Research and Mechanistic and Diagnostic Paradigms for ME
Professor Ron Davis
Stanford School of Medicine in Stanford, California, USA
The Great Hall - One Great George Street
The Great Hall
On the first floor of this Westminster venue is the most impressive and largest function space within the building. The Great Hall a conference room of over 370 square meters and over 13 meters in height is adorned with marbled columned walls, ornate gold leaf and embellished plaster. An oak floor complements a stunning painted ceiling and two large crystal chandeliers at either end of the event room. There are seven floor-to-ceiling windows along the West wall letting in a lot of natural daylight and allowing for passers-by to gaze up and marvel at the magnificent ceiling and chandeliers.
The room was conceived as part of the building’s initial plans in 1904. The Civil Engineers wanted to create a large hall similar to the grand meeting rooms found at the Inns of Court in the City and to be comparable to impressive rooms such as Lincoln’s Inn. The painted ceiling and chandeliers were donated by a former president of the Institution of Civil Engineers as a reminder of the role the Institution and its members played during the First World War.
Many notable and historic special events take place in the Great Hall these include: the signing of the charter establishing UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1945 and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh sat in the room to take his Royal Navy examinations. Feature films including, Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason in 2004 and Starter for 10 in 2006 filmed scenes within the four walls. More recently the Great Hall has been used as a communications room for international journalists when the venue housed the London Media Centre for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. By way of providing a unique backdrop during recent London fashion weeks the following fashion houses showcased their seasonal collections here; L’Wren Scott 2013, Alice Temperly 2012, and Antonio Berardi 2010.
Dr Vicky Whittemore
Program Director in the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health in the United States.
Dr. Whittemore is a Program Director in the Synapses, Channels and Neural Circuits Cluster. Her interest is in understanding the underlying mechanisms of the epilepsies including the study of genetic and animal models of the epilepsies.
The major goal is to identify effective treatments for the epilepsies and to develop preventions. Dr. Whittemore received a Ph.D. in anatomy from the University of Minnesota, followed by post-doctoral work at the University of California, Irvine, and a Fogarty Fellowship at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
She was on the faculty of the University of Miami School of Medicine in The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis prior to working with several non-profit organizations including the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, Genetic Alliance, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), and the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG).
She also just completed a four-year term on the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council.
Dr Jesper Mehlsen
Research Director, Coordinating Research Centre, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital, Denmark
Co-chair European ME Research Group
ExpertisesAutonomic nervous system; Heart rate and blood pressure control; Cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology;
HPV vaccines and -complications
Main research areasMethods for the study of autonomic cardiovascular control; Mathematical modelling of cardiovascular control; Autoimmune response to vaccination; Mathematical modeling of the neuroinflammatory reflex
Current researchMathematical analysis of hemodynamic adaptations to the upright posture.
Mathematical analysis of hemodynamic response to Valsalva manoeuvre
Dynamic T-wave alterations and the autonomic nervous system
Mathematical analysis of cytokine response to LPS in humans
Autoimmunity in patients with possible side effects to HPV vaccination
Professor Kristian Sommerfelt
Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway
Professor Kristian Sommerfelt is a paediatric neurologist at Haukeland University hospital in Bergen, Norway
Dr Lucinda Bateman
Bateman Horne Center in Utah, USA
Dr Lucinda Bateman is Founder and Medical Director of the Bateman Horne Center in Utah, USA.
Dr. Lucinda Bateman completed her BS and MS at Brigham Young University (BYU), attended the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, returned to the University of Utah for Internal Medicine residency, and became certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1991.
She started a small private group practice in 1991 and practiced General Internal Medicine until 2000.
During this time, she proctored many students as Adjunct Volunteer Clinical Faculty for the University of Utah, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants (PA), medical students and residents, and was active on the staff at LDS Hospital.
She was awarded Teacher of the Year four times while teaching in the Utah PA (Physician's Assistant) program. In 2000, she was one of three Utah internists chosen by her peers in Top Doctors, a national publication.
Throughout her career, Dr. Bateman's interest has become more focused on the diagnosis and management of unexplained chronic fatigue, ME/CFS and FM, inspired by the silent suffering of her sister, Shauna Bateman Horne.
Since starting the Fatigue Consultation Clinic in 2000, Dr. Bateman has evaluated and followed more than a thousand patients with chronic fatigue conditions.
She has lectured extensively on issues relating to chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
She has served on the boards of the Easter Seals of Utah, The International Association of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (IACFS/ME) and The CFIDS Association of America. She co-founded the non-profit, OFFER (The Organization for Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Education and Research) to encourage the sharing of information with patients and medical providers and foster cooperative research efforts aimed at understanding the cause(s) of and developing treatments for ME/CFS and FM. This goal led to the recent merge of OFFER Utah and the Fatigue Consultation Clinic to the Bateman Horne Center.
Source: Bateman Horne Center http://batemanhornecenter.org/lucinda-bateman-m-d/
Professor Ronald Davis
Professor of Biochemistry and Genetics at the Stanford School of Medicine in Stanford, California, USA
Ronald W. Davis, Ph.D., is a Professor of Biochemistry and Genetics at the Stanford School of Medicine in Stanford, California.
He is a world leader in the development of biotechnology, especially the development of recombinant DNA and genomic methodologies and their application to biological systems.
At Stanford University, where he is Director of the Stanford Genome Technology Center, Dr. Davis focuses on the interface of nano-fabricated solid state devices and biological systems.
He and his research team also develop novel technologies for the genetic, genomic, and molecular analysis of a wide range of model organisms as well as humans.
The team's focus on practical application of these technologies is setting the standard for clinical genomics.
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