Congressional Briefing on CFS this Week
The CFIDS Association, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and other members of the Senate are hosting a congressional briefing about CFS on May 8. The briefing will feature a panel of CFS experts discussing current research highlights and opportunities to shape funding requests and agency directives.
Harvard professor Anthony Komaroff, MD, will discuss recent CFS research findings and promising avenues of future investigation. Respected CFS physician Lucinda Bateman, MD, will discuss challenges in patient care and areas where improvements in health care information and education about CFS are needed.
Peabody Award-winning journalist Scott Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition, will speak about the personal impact of CFS from his perspective as a close friend of acclaimed author Laura Hillenbrand, who has had the illness since 1987.
The intent of the briefing is to educate legislators and their staffers about CFS and to emphasize the burden of illness CFS imposes, its high prevalence and economic impact ($25 billion a year), the degree of disability (compared to MS, AIDS and COPD) and the insufficient federal investment in research compared to conditions with similar impact.
The briefing is being followed by visits to House members to lobby further for increased funding for CFS research, better health policy and more accountability by federal health agencies.
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