2016 International ME & FM Awareness Day Event

Updated: Oct 13, 2019


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International Myalgic Encephalomyelitis & Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

Expanding Physical Capability in ME/CFS* - the Role of Energy Conservation and Therapeutic Exercise Based on Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing by Mark VanNess, Ph. D.

Given the controversy surrounding the PACE trials and concerns about the use of graded exercise therapy (GET), the Society has invited Dr. Mark VanNess to speak at this year’s event. He will be following up and expanding on the popular presentation by Staci Stevens at our May Awareness event last year. Description: The results of cardiopulmonary exercise testing in ME patients indicate pathology in multiple systems. The results indicate deficits in aerobic energy generation that cannot be currently treated. Because of these deficits, post-exertional malaise may result from any emphasis placed on aerobic metabolism. Energy conservation strategies and therapeutic exercises should be oriented toward improving physiological functioning of intact systems. A physiological rationale for therapeutic interventions based on CPET results will be presented and practical applications will be given to improve quality of life. Bio: Dr. Mark VanNess received his doctorate in neuroscience from Florida State University in 1997 and did post-doctoral work in the department of pharmacology at the university of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He teaches classes at the University at the Pacific in the College of the Pacific and College of Engineering in the areas of exercise science, nutrition and biology. He began working on ME/CFS* in 1999. His main research interest is on the role of the autonomic nervous system in immune dysfunction. He has a particular interest in the mechanisms that produce post-exertional malaise in women with ME/CFS*, especially as they contribute to physical and cognitive dysfunction. Dr. VanNess is on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Workwell Foundation founded by Staci Stevens. When: Sunday May 15th, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Doors Open 12:30 pm) Where: Paetzold Lecture Theatre, Jim Pattison Pavillion, Vancouver General Hospital, 899 West 12th Ave, Vancouver Entry: Members: $10 / Non-Members: $20 – Cash Only Memberships ($25) are available at the door. Space is limited, so please RSVP: 604-878-7707 / 1-888-353-6322 or by email info@mefm.bc.ca with your name, phone number and # of tickets. * ME/CFS - Myalgic encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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