Understanding and Treating
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / ME

Dr Nancy Klimas
Dr Nancy Klimas is an amazingly important ME/CFS world expert, and she has brought her knowledge to share with us to update us in NZ on recent developments in the research, diagnosis, management and treatment of patients with ME/CFS, and the ongoing investigation into the possible links with xenotropic murine leukemia (XMRV) retrovirus.

In New Zealand, it is estimated that there are around 20,000 sufferers and over one million in the US.

Dr Klimas is a professor of Medicine, Psychology, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami School of Medicine, and has just opened her own clinic to patients. She leads a multidisciplinary research team representing the fields of immunology, autonomic medicine, neuroendrocrinology, behavioural psychology, rheumatology, nutrition, and exercise physiology. She is also director of Research for the Clinical AIDS/HIV Research at Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Centre.
Dr. Mary Ann Fletcher has directed the laboratory since its inception. She is a licensed Clinical Laboratory Director in Florida and New York and is certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director by the American Board of Bioanalysis. Dr. Fletcher is a member of the American Association of Immunologists, the American Society for Microbiology, the Society for Applied Cytometry, the Clinical Immunology Society, the American Association of Bioanalysts and the American Association of Clinical Chemists. She serves on the editorial boards of Diagnostic and Clinical Immunology, Clinical Cytometry, Clinical Applied Immunology Reviews and the CFS Research Reviews.

Dr. Mary Ann Fletcher
There is excitement in the immunological world regarding the latest finding of the XMRV retrovirus in ME/CFS patients after recent discoveries by Whittemore-Peterson Institute. These have now been verified by independent studies performed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirming the strong association between a family of murine leukemia viruses (MLV) that includes XMRV, and ME/CFS.  Although this is at the early stages of investigation it does show that ME/CFS is a real physical illness, and patients need long-term medical support and assistance. Dr Klimas is at the forefront of current research, and with her background can explain to us the importance of this esoteric world or retroviruses. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to host Professor Klimas and learn from her.

CFS-NK1  2010

1h 51m DVD  $10
To people with CFS / ME

In Hamilton Nancy spoke to a group of people with CFS/ ME and their family and carers. She talked about the problems faced by people with CFS and gave some practical suggestions how to live with and medicate this syndrome.

She also gave insights on some of the on-going international research into the causes and possible cures for CFS / ME

This talk was given in language that could be easily understood, and showed the passion that Nancy has to see her patients overcome. Nancy's powerpoint presentation can be clearly viewed on the DVD.
CFS-NK2  2010

1h 52m DVD  $10
To Medical Professionals

In Auckland Nancy, with added input from her collegue Mary Anny Fletcher, spoke to a group of Medical Professionals with an interest in CFS / ME.

Although many of the slides in the presentation were the same, the talk was in more medical language, although still delivered with Nancy's passion and expert knowledge of her subject.

Again, slides in the presentation can be viewed on the DVD
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.Recorded at special meetings during Prof Nancy Klimas' visit to NZ in November 2010 sponsored by ANZMES and MS Waikato Trust
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