The Brighthelm Centre in North Road, Brighton will host Sussex & Kent ME/CFS Society’s medical and scientific conference on October 6.
The conference will include a presentation by consultant neurologist Professor Leslie Findley who contributed to the World Health Organisation’s classification of ME as a neurological disorder and Dr Alan Stewart – along with therapists from the NHS Sussex ME Service based at Haywards Heath, who will discuss treatment approaches currently available.
Dr Neil Harrison, a clinician scientist at Sussex University who is involved in research into the neurological aspects of ME, will be speaking about a Medical Research Council-funded study he is carrying out in collaboration with London’s St Georges Hospital and giving an update on the study’s recruitment.
Society chairman Colin Barton said: “This study has the potential to identify a brain network that is abnormally and persistently activated in people with ME or Chronic fatigue syndrome. A better understanding of the neurobiological cause of ME/CFS will ultimately allow for the development of better forms of treatment for this debilitating illness.”
He added that the conference will highlight TWO new studies that will be starting soon in Sussex.
THE LISTED SPEAKERS
* Dr Alan Stewart, Chairman
* Prof Leslie Findley, Consultant Neurologist
* Dr Neil Harrison, Reader in Neuropsychiatry and Neuroimaging
* Dr Mahinda Yogarajah, Neurologist and Neuroimaging
* Dr Jessica Eccles, Neuroimaging, who is leading an important study investigating fatigue and pain in people with ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia
* James Chute and Sarah Adelakun, specialist therapists – Sussex CFS/ME Service
In attendance representatives from Kent & Medway CFS/ME Service, Burrswood Hospital, Brighton Young people’s CFS/ME Service, Mid Sussex CCG, Brighton & Hove CCG.
Society patron, the actress Jenny Seagrove, commented: “Sussex & Kent ME/CFS Society provides absolutely vital support to those people in society who suffer this debilitating and much misunderstood condition. At last research is being done into ME and also into the plasticity of the brain and nervous system, so perhaps hope will be allowed to shine its light into the darkness of some people’s lives.”