AYME to make this conference

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Up to 130 healthcare professionals from across the UK will visit the city tomorrow and Thursday for the British Association for CFS/ME (BACME) 2012 conference.

The conference, facilitated by the Association of Young People with ME (AYME), is the only one of its kind in the UK for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)/chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) specialists, who will be able to share their knowledge and experience, provide updates on research currently being carried out and present recent findings.

Theatrescience, a highly acclaimed theatre company that has an excellent reputation for its collaborations with the medical profession, will also perform a production on CFS/ME at the conference.

Professor of psychological medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Peter White, will give the keynote speech at the event about the pacing, graded activity and cognitive behaviour therapy (PACE) trial, the first in the world to test and compare the effectiveness of the main treatments currently available for people suffering from ME/CFS.

Dr Esther Crawley, service lead for the children and young people’s CFS/ME service at Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS FT in Bath, researcher at the University of Bristol and medical adviser for AYME, will be one of the many guest speakers at the event, updating delegates on research, including her much publicised research paper revealing that as many as one in 100 secondary school pupils could be missing school because of ME/CFS.

Mary-Jane Willows, CEO of AYME says: “We are pleased to be facilitating the BACME 2012 conference. AYME is the largest charity in the UK for children and young people with ME, it helps thousands of children, parents and carers to cope with the isolating and complex symptoms of ME, and the conference will enable specialists to learn more about the condition, and share their knowledge and expertise.”

For further information visit www.ayme.org.uk or telephone 08451 232389.