The second conference at the Mt. Sinai ME/CFS Center was held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. (The first conference was two years ago.) This year’s conference was an upbeat, almost exuberant affair, a set of fine lectures capped by a question and answer period. Dr. Derek Enlander organized the conference and presided over it with his usual charming and respectful guidance.
Various people, patients mostly, spoke positively to me of “the focus" of the conference and of the variety of information that it presented. Of course the packed room included many of Dr. Enlander’s patients - but there were also patients of Dr. Peterson and, I presume, of Dr. Klimas. One had the feeling that a number of the attendees had not previously attended a conference like this. At the end of the day it seemed as though many people did not want to leave.
A number of factors coalesced in this particular situation. Dr. Enlander, the sponsor and originator of this conference (aided mightily by Dwight Merriman, a major donor), is on the faculty of Mt. Sinai. This important medical center in NYC promotes the Mt. Sinai ME/CFS Center, which, in turn, is a huge platform upon which to operate a conference venue and to project information about this illness ME/CFS.
The speakers, limited to five, included clinicians and researchers. Read more