Tag Archives: CFSAC

CFSAC: Second Verse, Same as the First

Another CFS Advisory Committee meeting is upon us. The webinar meeting will be held on June 29th and 30th. And as has been the case in the past, the federal approach to the Committee appears lackadaisical. This bare minimum effort … Continue reading

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CFSAC Public Comment, January 2017

I prepared comments for the January 13, 2017 CFS Advisory Committee meeting, but when my time arrived I decided to wing it. Below is my best reconstruction of what I said, a mixture of my prepared and spontaneous remarks. Start … Continue reading

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RFA Ticker, 1/16/17

NIH issued no RFAs last week, but we have plenty to talk about after Dr. Vicky Whittemore’s presentation at the CFS Advisory Committee on Friday. Dr. Whittemore’s announcement was simultaneously welcome and disappointing. During her update to the committee on … Continue reading

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Comment by Terri Wilder, 1/12/17

Terri Wilder made these remarks at the January 12, 2017 meeting of the CFS Advisory Committee. I’m pleased to publish her complete comments, with her permission. Good Afternoon- My name is Terri Wilder and I’m a person living with ME. … Continue reading

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CFSAC Meeting Information and Logistics

The federal CFS Advisory Committee meeting is only two weeks away. This will be an in-person meeting, but will not be held in the Health and Human Services building. Denise Lopez-Majano and I reached out to HHS for important information … Continue reading

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CFSAC Around the Corner

The next meeting of the CFS Advisory Committee will be held Thursday, January 12th, and Friday, January 13th. This is an in-person meeting, and will also be webcast. Note that the Thursday meeting runs from 12 pm to 5pm, while … Continue reading

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The Government Attitude Needed

Government/advocate interactions frequently happen on a public stage, where everyone is rightly careful about what they say. Sometimes, though, we can get access to behind the scenes communication. In emails that the authors probably believed would remain private, we can … Continue reading

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CFSAC Renewed

As expected, the charter for the CFS Advisory Committee has been renewed for another two years. This has become a routine operation, but the new charter makes some intriguing changes to the CFSAC. I also have new information on potential … Continue reading

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CFS Advisory Committee Meeting Outcomes

The CFS Advisory Committee is charged with advising the Secretary of Health and Human Services on issues related to ME/CFS. HHS has a very patchy record in its responses to CFSAC recommendations, but the committee’s public meetings remain highly significant. … Continue reading

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Staying the Course to Where?

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, made a request of the ME/CFS community. During the March 8, 2016 NIH telebriefing, Dr. Collins said: So please take our commitment with great seriousness. Please also stay the course … Continue reading

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