Pre-Conference Information

Our conference for 2017, called “Seeking Solutions for ME & Fibromyalgia”, will be hosted by Robbie Butler, MLA, in the prestigious Long Gallery at Stormont.  It is a unique and unmissable opportunity for healthcare professionals to gain a deeper understanding of myalgic encephalomyelitis and fibromyalgia.
We have gathered a strong panel of international experts, who will address the challenges faced by medical professionals in treating these diseases. 
Experts from USA, Norway and UK, will explore how existing beliefs on disease aetiology are now being challenged by new evidence, and also expose the significant flaws in evidence currently underpinning NICE guidelines for ME. This new information should lead to a complete turnaround on the way that ME is treated, and may lead to additional caution being applied to the advice for fibromyalgia.
As Northern Ireland has an estimated 7,000 ME and 23,000 fibromyalgia patients, this event should be seen as a priority for all those providing frontline medical care.
Ticket sales to medical professionals and key health decision makers are by invitation only. However we anticipate high demand, and so early booking is recommended. The £35 ticket price will include an extensive information pack, and buffet refreshments after the event to allow for relaxed networking and informal discussions.
‘Seeking Solutions for ME and Fibromyalgia’ has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 3 category 1 (external) CPD credit(s).
Linda Tannenbaum MB. CEO of Open Medicine Foundation (USA) on “Research Hope for ME & Fibromyalgia”
Professor Olva Mella. Bergen University Hospital (Norway) on “Rituximab – Treatment for the future?”
Dr William Weir FRCP, FRCP (Edin) Consultant Physician (UK) “ME & fibromyalgia: History, politics and the need for change”
David Tuller, DrPH (USA) “The UK PACE Trial: An exploration of the ‘evidence’ for graded exercise therapy for ME”
Dr Christine McMaster, Consultant in the Public Health Agency (NI) “ME & Fibromyalgia Care in Northern Ireland – Recent Developments”
The event will be chaired by our charity patron Jo-Anne Dobson.
Please book early to avoid disappointment.  Email for booking details.

UPDATE 3rd April 2017.  Hope 4 ME & Fibro NI is supporting the MAIMES campaign by offering complimentary bookings to Northern Irish MPs.

With Special Thanks to our sponsors:
Irish ME Trust for video recording of the event
Funds to cover our various additional costs were raised by:
James McCullough (age 10) whose mother has very severe ME
Natasha Rooney who has a family member with ME
Jill Freeburn – patient with fibromyalgia and
Dermot McArdle – patient with fibromyalgia
Donations have also been received from:
The Monaghan Family in memory of Ceibhe Monaghan and
The McConkey Family in memory of Eileen McConkey.
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to view a brochure encouraging medical professionals to attend our conference.