RSM demonstration 28th April 2008: Update 1

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RSM demonstration 28th April 2008

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On 28 April the Royal Society of Medicine is holding a conference on “Chronic fatigue syndrome” for members of the RSM and health care professionals.  See Royal Society of Medicine website  for Registration information, Speakers and Conference Session details.

The RSM says:

“The aim of the meeting is to take a broad look at chronic fatigue syndrome, examining its nature and definition, pathophysiology, epidemiology, clinical assessment and diagnosis, the patient perspective, and various approaches to treatment. This is a scientific conference and there will be an emphasis on an evidence-based approach throughout.”

The final programme says:

“Chronic fatigue syndrome is a common and debilitating illness which can persist for years. Despite extensive research, the nature and pathogenesis of the condition remain enigmatic. There is continuing uncertainty and controversy concerning the physical and psychological components that may contribute to the initiation and perpetuation of the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.

“Those attending the meeting will gain understanding of the various aspects of CFS being discussed, and be better able to help people suffering from this disabling condition. The conference is intended for all health professionals who are involved in the assessment and treatment of those with CFS.”

Here’s the line-up of speakers:
  • Professor Peter White, Barts and the London Queen Mary School of Medicine and Dentistry (What is CFS?)
  • Dr Anthony Cleare, Institute of Psychiatry, London (Pathophysiology)
  • Professor Simon Wessely, King’s College London (Epidemiology)
  • Professor Chris Dowrick, Liverpool (Physician’s approach)
  • Professor Matthew Hotopf, Institute of Psychiatry, London (Psychiatrist’s approach)
  • Professor Richard Baker, Leicester University (NICE Guidelines)
  • Professor Rona Moss-Morris, University of Southampton (CBT and GET)
  • Dr Alastair Miller, Royal Liverpool University Hospital (What drugs can I use?)
and Session chairmen:
  • Dr John Scadding, from the Royal Society of Medicine
  • Professor Anthony Pinching, Peninsula Medical School, Cornwall
  • Professor Mansel Aylward, Unum Provident Centre for Disability, Cardiff University
  • Professor Kam Bhui, Department of Psychiatry, Queen Mary School of Medicine and Dentistry
…more psychs than you can shake a stick at.
A peaceful demonstration will be held on the afternoon of 28 April outside the Royal Society of Medicine.

London based event organiser, Gus Ryan writes:

“After notifying the Met Police, we have been given the go ahead for a demonstration outside the Royal Society of Medicine on Monday 28th April 2008. This will coincide with a meeting about “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”. The meeting will be heavily attended by prominent people in the field of mental health.

“The demonstration will be static and will take place at the two entrances to the RSM, Wimpole Street and Henrietta Street between 1pm and 6pm. Location map

“A presentation, yet to be decided on, may take place at some point during the day and banners/placards will be allowed. Flyers/handouts will also be allowed.

“I have promised my liaison officer at the Met that we will be on our best behaviour and I trust that the day will pass peacefully.

“As organiser, I am in the process of appointing two stewards – one for each entrance – and will be overseeing the events for the day.”

Any enquiries can be directed to Gus Ryan

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