By David Tuller, DrPH
I was supposed to be in Bristol, England, last week at the CFS/ME Research Collaborative conference. The conference went on as scheduled, but I decided the weekend before that the situation was getting too dicey to leave home. I didn’t want to get swept up in lockdowns and international travel blockades and not be able to return to the US. Under the circumstances, it seemed wise to change my plans. (It goes without saying that I hope everyone is taking care of themselves in this incredibly stressful moment.)
From afar, the CMRC conference appeared to proceed smoothly and included some interesting presentations. I’ll look forward to watching them when they’re available online. In addition to attending the gathering, I was scheduled to give a talk today in Sheffield, where I previously spoke about the PACE trial. This talk was slated to be about so-called “medically unexplained symptoms,” or MUS. When it became clear I would not be in England, the organizers proposed an online event instead.
In this format, having a conversation with Carolyn seemed like a better idea than a power-point presentation. Thanks to her as well as to Carol, Sian and the Sheffield ME & Fibromyalgia Group for pulling the event together!