Symposium Opening

I am so thrilled to be welcoming everyone – keynote speakers, guests and delegates – to Geelong, Victoria for the 2019 Emerge Australia International Research Symposium. Firstly I’d like to thank my team at Emerge Australia for their dedication and hard work in, not only giving information and support to so many people with ME/CFS everyday, but in addition to all the many things that we do every day – for stepping up and managing to organise this conference.

I need to extend a special thanks to Danielle Griffin – COO of Emerge Australia – who worked tirelessly to get everything from finalised abstracts, web registration systems, conference food through to live streaming & video production, organised so that we can be joined by delegates around the world.

I would also like to extend my thanks to the scientific advisory committee established to select the keynote speakers and to consider abstracts. Associate Professor Brett Lidbury from ANU and Professor Paul Fisher from La Trobe University deserve a special thank you for going above and beyond throughout the process of organising the conference.

Finally, I’d like to thank the Dept of Health for supporting this conference with a generous grant. It has enabled us to put together a truly international conference which, in conjunction with the recent NHMRC Advisory Committee into ME/CFS, will genuinely drive progress in this field. By doing this we, and the scientific community, offer hope to everyone in Australia and around the world struggling with ME/CFS.