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Sport Sciences Chair to Present at NIH Workshop on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Apr 5, 2011

Dr. Chris Snell, scientific director of the Pacific Fatigue Laboratory, will present at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) State of the Knowledge Workshop regarding Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Research, April 7 and 8. This is a national workshop that will be attended by some of the top scientists in the field.

Snell, who also chairs Pacific's Sport Sciences Department and chairs the federal Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee, will present "Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing and the Assessment of Fatigue in CFS/ME" at the two-day workshop. The event takes place on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, and will be webcast live at http://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?live=10098.

According to the "NIH State of the Knowledge Workshop" website, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which also is known as encephalomyelitis, is a poorly-defined, debilitating disease that affects roughly 17 million people worldwide (1 to 4 million in the United States) and it is diagnosed 2 to 4 times more often in women. Research on this disease has long been hampered by disagreements in the medical community about what causes it. For many years, the official diagnosis from the Centers for Disease Control stated that the illness was a mental disorder; however, more recently, researchers have discovered a strong link between people who suffer from chronic fatigue and a retrovirus.

The workshop panelists will identify gaps in knowledge about CFS and discuss opportunities for advancing the research.

Snell, who has done extensive research at the Pacific Fatigue Laboratory centering on how the disease affects quality of life, was appointed last spring by the Department of Health and Human Services to chair the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee.

This committee provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services via the Assistant Secretary for Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on issues related to CFS.

The Pacific Fatigue Laboratory, in partnership with the Workwell Foundation, is a research, clinical and teaching laboratory on Pacific's Stockton campus, focused on the functional aspects of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) and other fatigue-related disorders. The lab aims to educate patients in conjunction with health, fitness and legal professionals.