The IOM controversy and the government shut down have been distracting, but CFS Advisory Committee deadlines are fast approaching.
The CFSAC meeting is just three weeks away – November 12-13th – which means that public comment will be due soon, although no deadline has been announced. CFSAC announced via its listserv today that the meeting is postponed to December 10-11th. An agenda and details about public comment will be posted soon. BUT nominations for new CFSAC members are due October 28th, so you have a few more days to submit the required information.
Who Is Leaving?
Six of the eleven voting positions must be filled in 2014.
There is one current vacancy, left by Dr. Ann Vincent’s resignation earlier this year. Updated 10/23/13: CFSAC confirmed via its listserv today that Dr. Gary Kaplan has been appointed to fill Dr. Vincent’s seat. Five members will reach the end of their terms in 2014: Dr. Gailen Marshall, Dr. Dane Cook, Dr. Susan Levine, Steve Krafchick, and Eileen Holderman. New nominations should include both researchers and experts in health care delivery, private health care services, and voluntary organizations.
How To Nominate
All the instructions for submitting nominations are contained in the Federal Register Notice. The package must include a letter stating the nominee’s qualifications and willingness to serve, the nominator’s contact information, and the nominee’s CV or resume. Submissions can be sent by email or regular mail, and are due by 5pm on October 28th.
I will post names of nominees as I learn about them, and receive permission to post. You can send emails in support of candidates, and I encourage people to do this after a nomination has been made. A majority of the Committee – six of eleven seats – are turning over next year, and we need to do whatever we can to ensure that the new members are familiar with ME/CFS and the issues we’re facing.
The following nominations have been made as of October 25, 2013:
- Mary Dimmock, nominated by Jennie Spotila
- Donna Pearson, nominated by Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association
- Joe Landson, nominated by Denise Lopez-Majano
- Dr. Derek Enlander, nominated by Gabby Klein
- Dr. Leonard Jason, nominated by Dr. Faith Newton
- Dr. Lily Chu, nominated by herself (with others writing in support)
Gabby mentioned this in the comments, but it bears repeating. You can support any candidate who has been nominated by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The email doesn’t need to be very long – even just a few sentences in support of a nominee will be read and saved.
*Donna Pearson alerted me to this announcement by Dr. Gary Kaplan that he has been appointed to the CFSAC.
I’ve asked Dr. Nancy Lee for confirmation, as no announcement has been made on the CFSAC website or listserv. Update: The CFSAC office responded to my inquiry saying that the announcement was posted “prematurely” and that the public would be informed once the appointment process was complete. CFSAC has confirmed 10/23/13 that Dr. Kaplan has been appointed. Interview with Dr. Kaplan coming as soon as I can write it up. Profile posted on 10/25/13.