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Patient-Related | Research-Related | Awareness-Related | Submit Your Event

Want to know if there is an upcoming patient-focused event in your area? Curious about which scientific symposiums will be covered in future issues of the Fibromyalgia Network Journal? Do you have an educational or awareness event that you would like to publicize on this page? Or, perhaps you are a health care provider who is interested in attending a medical conference on fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue syndrome ... and preferably for CME credit. You have come to the right place!

This page is divided into three event categories: (1) patient-related, (2) research-related, and (3) awareness-related (May 12). The events for each category are in chronological order. As more people submit information for upcoming events, the more useful this page will become for everyone. So, if you have an event you would like to share, please fill out the required information in the last section, Submit Your Event. If you cannot find an event in your area, check back at a later date. Attending conferences on fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can be both educational and exciting, so Fibromyalgia Network is maintaining this page as a free service to the community.

Patient-Related EventsPatient-Related Events

The following events are most likely to be of interest to people with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. In some cases, health care providers may also find them worth attending.


May 12 Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

The Fibromyalgia Network invites you to join in on the awareness activities—on May 12 or any day you feel up to it. The Network's awareness campaign is intended to minimize your time and energy, while getting the public to think about how difficult it must be to have fibromyalgia. The materials are subtle reminders that despite the invisible nature of your illness, it does exist. Whether you are hosting a booth at a health fair, an awareness table at the library, or raising research funds for the American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association, your efforts do make a difference. Visit our website for awareness items—posters, pins, wristbands, decals, car magnets, and bookmarks.

Contact Information:
Phone: (800) 853-2929
Web: www.fmnetnews.com/awareness
E-mail: inquiry@fmnetnews.com

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Research-Related Events

Medical conferences and scientific meetings on fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and related health conditions are listed below. Although many of them may be attended by patients, research-related symposiums are typically expensive and the subject matter very technical. Those conferences that will be covered in the Fibromyalgia Network Journal (perhaps with highlighted tidbits in the eNews Alerts) are underlined. Speaker line-ups are condensed to save space, and a link to the sponsoring organization is provided, if one exists.

24th Annual Practicing Physician's Approach to the Difficult Headache Patient

February 18-21, 2011
The Westin Mission Hills
Rancho Mirage, CA

For all physicians and health care professionals involved in the diagnosis and management of headaches and chronic pain patients.

Contact Information:
Web: www.dhc-fdn.org
Phone: (887) 706-6363

Frequency Specific Microcurrent Seminars

Carolyn McMakin, M.A., D.C., the clinical director of the Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Clinic of Portland, OR, developed Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) in 1996. She maintains a part-time clinical practice, participates in research and teaches seminars on the use of FSM in the United States, Ireland, and Europe.

February 11 - 13, 2011 (Core Course)
Alexis Park Resort Hotel
Las Vegas, NV

February 17-18, 2011 (Advanced Course)
Alexis Park Resort Hotel
Las Vegas, NV

February 19-20, 2011 (Symposium)
Alexis Park Resort Hotel
Las Vegas, NV

Contact Information:
Web: www.frequencyspecific.com
Phone: (877) 695-7500

Accelerating the Development of Enhanced Pain Treatments

March 25-26, 2011
The Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda

This international conference, sponsored by the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, has been designed to be very different from the numerous other pain meetings that are held each year. The overall goal of the conference is to identify clinical research methods, studies, and unanswered questions that have the potential to accelerate the development of pain treatments with improved efficacy and safety.

Registration Information:
Web: www.adept2011.org
Phone U.S. and Canada: (866) 318-4357

Other international toll-free phone numbers can be found on the website.

9th International Symposium on Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

April 8-10, 2011
The Pfister Hotel
Milwaukee, WI

This biennial meeting draws an international audience and addresses issues of interest to multiple health care disciplines, from basic science to clinical care. For gastroenterologists, pediatricians, primary care physicians, physiologists, basic scientists, epidemiologists, mental health professionals, nurse clinicians, physician assistants, trainees, or involved in other allied health fields. Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Registration Information:
Web: www.iffgd.org/symposium
Phone: (608) 262-1397

International Symposium on Osteoporosis

May 18-21, 2011
Las Vegas, NV

Sponsored by the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), this symposium is designed to provide the most current, clinically relevant and evidence-based information on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis.

Registration Information:
Web: www.nof-iso.org
Phone: (800) 231-4222

American Pain Society 30th Annual Meeting

May 19-21, 2011
Austin Convention Center
Austin, TX

This scientific meeting will offer current information about the diagnosis, treatment, and management of acute pain, chronic cancer and noncancer pain, and recurrent pain. In-depth workshops are planned and designed to enhance research or clinical skills pertinent to the management of pain. They will feature content appropriate for scientists, pain clinicians, and other professionals.

Contact Information:
Web: www.ampainsoc.org
Phone: (847) 375-4715

25th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies

June 11–15, 2011
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, MN

This annual SLEEP meeting attracts the largest audience of sleep specialists in the nation. It is the only five day meeting in the nation with scientific sessions and an exhibition hall focused solely on sleep medicine and sleep research. The meeting brings together sleep clinicians and scientists from around the world to discuss current sleep research with the best clinical practices.

Contact Information:
Web: www.sleepmeeting.org
Phone: (630) 737-9700

CME Credit at Medscape

The Medscape website offers the Fibromyalgia Resource Center that contains current articles on research, treatments, peer-reviewed clinical medicine articles, and professional editorial comments and replies. In addition, the website offers nine online courses pertaining to fibromyalgia education, issues, and therapeutic advances for continuing medical education credit.

Fibromyalgia Resource Center:

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Awareness-Related Events

Health fairs and other public forums are a great way to spread awareness about the legitimacy of fibromyalgia as a serious medical condition. In fact, May 12 is the specified awareness day for these conditions, but public education events occur all year. If you are planning such an event, please send us the information. If you happen to live nearby one of these events, you may want to volunteer your time and share in the gratification of educating the public about these devastating conditions. For more information about May 12 Awareness Day and how to obtain posters, pins, and other awareness day items, click here.

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Submit Your Event

Is your support group hosting a special speaker event? Or, perhaps you represent a professional society that is hosting a research medical conference. Whether it pertains to fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, or any of the commonly associated conditions, we want to hear from you! There is no charge to have your event publicized on this site—we view this events page as a helpful service to the community. However, we cannot guarantee that every event submitted will be posted to this page. For best results, please answer all questions as thoroughly as possible before submitting your event for consideration. Click here for instructions on submitting your event.

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