World-renowned scientist to attend Newry ME Fibromyalgia conference

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Thursday, March 5th, 2015
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Newry & Mourne ME Fibromyalgia Support Group regularly bring the latest cutting edge science from around the world right to Newry. Since the patient support group was formed in 2011 the great need for information and support is evident by the large numbers of patients attending the monthly meetings held in The Mourne Country Hotel, on the first Tuesday of every month. The group have hosted five very successful international conferences and two accredited, medical professional, education events. There are over 7000 patients in N.I. alone who are without specialist NHS services and often faced with disbelief, not only within the medical community but also from family and friends. The World Health Organisation classified ME/CFS to be a Neurological disease since 1969, yet patients are still being sent from pillar to post to get help. The disease affects men, women and children, many of whom have been are severely debilitated and bed or housebound for decades. There is an abundance of biomedical research available proving the very physical nature of M.E and Fibromyalgia and with the recent breakthrough from Columbia University of distinct and measurable immune abnormalities, the Newry group believes there is no longer any excuse for this patient population to be dismissed and neglected. The event to be held in Mourne Country Hotel this Saturday brings another exciting opportunity for everyone to learn from the opinion of another world-renowned scientist. Dr. Mikovits PhD is a cellular and molecular biologist and virologist with over 30 years of scientific expertise. She spent twenty years at the National Cancer Institute, working with Dr. F. Ruscetti, one of the founding fathers of human retrovirology. This work led to the discovery of the role aberrant DNA methylation plays in the pathogenesis of HIV. She has co-authored more than fifty scientific papers that address fundamental issues of viral pathogenesis, hematopoiesis and cytokine biology. For five years she was the research director of the Whittemore-Peterson Institute (WPI) for Neuro-Immune Disease in Reno, Nevada, USA. She has just published a book: Plague: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases. Signed copies of this book will be available at the event.

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