Thursday, October 31, 2013
Mount Sinai ME/CFS conference - November 20, 2013
Dr. Derek Enlander is chairing an ME/CFS treatment conference at Mount Sinai in New York City on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. This one day conference will include presentations by Dr. Nancy Klimas, Dr. Dan Peterson, Dr. Judy Mikovits, Dr. Eric Schadt and Dr. Enlander himself. A panel discussion including the speakers as well as Dr. Frank Ruscetti and Christine Becker will occur at the end of the day. The emphasis will be on communication and interaction.
(The conference takes place in the Academy of Medicine, 1215 Fifth Avenue. Registration fee is $150 for physicians and $50 for patients. The conference runs from 11-4.)
It is my obervation that this conference is an outgrowth of a Simmaron research discussion held prior to the ME/CFS FDA meeting in May. At that time, Dr. Dan Peterson generously organized a pre-meeting open-format treatment discussion involving both Dr. Klimas and Dr. Enlander, along with a number of other clinicians, researchers and patients. The discussion was a lively one, and free-wheeling, just the kind of discussions necessary to push ideas along. Dr. Peterson's early morning meeting was the only item of real interest at this FDA conference and it is my feeling that this Mount Sinai conference is an attempt to build on that Simmaron discussion.
This is the second conference arranged by Dr. Enlander and the ME/CFS Center at Mount Sinai. Dr. Enlander is one of a very few physicians who is attached to a major university hospital doing research on this difficult illness. The last Mount Sinai ME/CFS Center conference was held two years ago and featured several very powerful and important lectures. Foremost was a talk by Dr. Eric Schadt that can be found here. Additonally Rich van Konenynberg gave a fine presentation on his mehtylation blockage/glutathione depletion ideas. Rich, who died a year later, is sorely missed by the patient community and many others who experienced the very rare character of this man. Rich's fully articulated three-hour lecture in Sweden can be found here. Dr. Kenny De Meirleir's often referenced talk on GcMAF can be found here. Dr. Enlander himself gave a fine presentation of his treatment strategy.
It is well known that Mount Sinai received a generous research gift from one of Dr. Enlander's patients, thus fueling the ongoing ME/CFS research at this center. It is less well known that these conferences at Mount Sinai, with all their very great importance, are constructed on a shoe string. It is time for someone else to step forward and help with this conference, especially considering the reality that very few of these kinds of discussions are ongoing in the field of ME/CFS treatment. This conference has very great potential to expand and ignite substantial treatment discussions - but someone is going to have to help Dr. Enlander in order for this conference format to reach its full potential.
For those readers who are not familiar with Dr. Enlander, here is a short radio interview with him.