Emerge Australia’s first International Research Symposium was held on 13-15 March 2019 at the Novotel Hotel in Geelong, Australia.

The three-day symposium was attended by approximately 140 registered researchers, medical practitioners and ME/CFS patients, carers and advocates, and was broadcast worldwide via live-streaming videos of the presentations – some 40,000 views for the livestreams were registered through the Facebook platform alone.

Day 1 and Day 2 of the symposium were dedicated to scientific presentations targeted at researchers and clinicians, to help facilitate international research collaboration and encourage biomedical research into ME/CFS. Day 3 had a more clinical focus and allowed engagement with the wider ME/CFS community, with a spotlight on diagnosis, management and treatment of the illness. It included symposia summaries from the first two days along with presentations and panels from leading Australian clinicians and a keynote address from Professor Ron Davis.

Emerge Australia extends its profound thanks to our Scientific Advisory Committee for its enormous contribution to the success of the symposium, and who generously contributed their time and expertise to build and shape our comprehensive program.

We further wish to offer our heartfelt appreciation to our excellent presenters and particularly our keynote speaker Professor Ron Davis from the Stanford Genome Technology Center and the Open Medicine Foundation. We also want to offer our congratulations to Professor Paul Fisher and Dr Robert Phair – recipients of the best presentation awards for Day 1 and Day 2. We also want to thank the journal Diagnostics for sponsoring the best presentation awards.

The event was funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Health and introduced by the Minister for Health, Hon Greg Hunt MP who said via video: “I want to thank and congratulate everybody for being part of today and I particularly want to acknowledge the ME/CFS community, those from my electorate, those from around the country who’ve visited me. I agree: it’s real, it’s significant, it’s important. What we need, therefore, is to provide the opportunities for you as researchers, for you as professionals, to be able to deliver better results for patients.”

The Symposium will culminate in a forthcoming special issue of Diagnostics, hosted by Emerge Australia, entitled “Biomedical Insights that Inform the Diagnosis of ME/CFS”. Guest editors for the special issue are Dr Brett Lidbury and Professor Paul Fisher.

Symposium CommitteeDr Chris Armstrong – Open Medicine FoundationDr Leighton Barnden – NCNED, Griffith UniversityDr Henry Butt – Bioscreen, Melbourne UniversityProfessor Paul Fisher – La Trobe UniversityAssociate Professor Paul Gooley – Melbourne UniversityAssociate Professor Brett Lidbury – Australian National UniversityProfessor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik – NCNED, Griffith UniversityProfessor Neil McGregor – Melbourne UniversityDr Ashish Sethi – Bio 21, Melbourne UniversityProfessor Don Staines – NCNED, Griffith University Best Presentation Judging PanelProfessor Robert Raison - Emeritus Professor of Immunology, University of Technology SydneyDr Jan Jolley - ACT ME/CFS SocietyAmber Jai-Kwee - PhD student, Victoria University Best Presentation AwardsProfessor Paul Fisher: Specific Mitochondrial Respiratory Defects & Compensatory Changes in ME/CFS Patient CellsDr Robert Phair: Metabolic Traps in ME/CFS

Emerge Australia’s first International Research Symposium was held on 13-15 March 2019 at the Novotel Hotel in Geelong, Australia.

The three-day symposium was attended by approximately 140 registered researchers, medical practitioners and ME/CFS patients, carers and advocates, and was broadcast worldwide via live-streaming videos of the presentations – some 40,000 views for the livestreams were registered through the Facebook platform alone.

Day 1 and Day 2 of the symposium were dedicated to scientific presentations targeted at researchers and clinicians, to help facilitate international research collaboration and encourage biomedical research into ME/CFS. Day 3 had a more clinical focus and allowed engagement with the wider ME/CFS community, with a spotlight on diagnosis, management and treatment of the illness. It included symposia summaries from the first two days along with presentations and panels from leading Australian clinicians and a keynote address from Professor Ron Davis.

Emerge Australia extends its profound thanks to our Scientific Advisory Committee for its enormous contribution to the success of the symposium, and who generously contributed their time and expertise to build and shape our comprehensive program.

We further wish to offer our heartfelt appreciation to our excellent presenters and particularly our keynote speaker Professor Ron Davis from the Stanford Genome Technology Center and the Open Medicine Foundation. We also want to offer our congratulations to Professor Paul Fisher and Dr Robert Phair – recipients of the best presentation awards for Day 1 and Day 2. We also want to thank the journal Diagnostics for sponsoring the best presentation awards.

The event was funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Health and introduced by the Minister for Health, Hon Greg Hunt MP who said via video: “I want to thank and congratulate everybody for being part of today and I particularly want to acknowledge the ME/CFS community, those from my electorate, those from around the country who’ve visited me. I agree: it’s real, it’s significant, it’s important. What we need, therefore, is to provide the opportunities for you as researchers, for you as professionals, to be able to deliver better results for patients.”

The Symposium will culminate in a forthcoming special issue of Diagnostics, hosted by Emerge Australia, entitled “Biomedical Insights that Inform the Diagnosis of ME/CFS”. Guest editors for the special issue are Dr Brett Lidbury and Professor Paul Fisher.

 

Symposium Committee

Dr Chris Armstrong – Open Medicine Foundation

Dr Leighton Barnden – NCNED, Griffith University

Dr Henry Butt – Bioscreen, Melbourne University

Professor Paul Fisher – La Trobe University

Associate Professor Paul Gooley – Melbourne University

Associate Professor Brett Lidbury – Australian National University

Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik – NCNED, Griffith University

Professor Neil McGregor – Melbourne University

Dr Ashish Sethi – Bio 21, Melbourne University

Professor Don Staines – NCNED, Griffith University

 

Best Presentation Judging Panel

Professor Robert Raison – Emeritus Professor of Immunology, University of Technology Sydney

Dr Jan Jolley – ACT ME/CFS Society

Amber Jai-Kwee – PhD student, Victoria University

 

Best Presentation Awards

Professor Paul Fisher: Specific Mitochondrial Respiratory Defects & Compensatory Changes in ME/CFS Patient Cells

Dr Robert Phair: Metabolic Traps in ME/CFS

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