CDC holds regular Stakeholder Engagement and Communication (SEC) calls to update the ME/CFS community on CDC activities and facilitate presentations from guest speakers. CDC co-sponsors and participates in the NIH Interagency ME/CFS Working Group meetings. CDC also holds Roundtable Meetings with partners composed of ME/CFS patients, advocates, educators, clinicians, and researchers to gather vital partner input on specific projects and products.

The next CDC ME/CFS Stakeholder Engagement and Communication (SEC) conference call will be held on Monday, December 18, 2023, 3:00 pm Eastern Time.

Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome and SEC Call Overview
  • Viruses in ME/CFS – Research Updates from Early Career Investigators
    • Introduction:
      Vicky Whittemore, PhD
      Program Director, Division of Neuroscience
      National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
      National Institutes of Health
    • Presentation 1:
      Understanding Infectious Origin of ME/CFS through the Recent Pandemic
      Bhupesh K Prusty, PhD
      Institute for Virology and Immunobiology
      University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
    • Presentation 2:
      Endogenous Retroviruses and ME/CFS
      Dawei Li, PhD
      Associate Professor, Department of Immunology & Molecular Microbiology
      Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas

Question and Answer (Q&A)

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  • Click on the “Raise Hand” button.
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To ask a question during the meeting by phone, please:

  • Enter *9 to add yourself to the queue.
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Participants can also join by phone using one of the following numbers (when prompted, please enter the meeting id and passcode):

Telephone: 1-669-254-5252 or 1-646-964-1167
Meeting ID: 160 321 3189
Passcode: 85624358

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Disclaimer: Although the content of calls is directed to patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and other interested parties, CDC has no control over who participates on the conference call. Therefore, please exercise discretion on sensitive content and material, as confidentiality during these calls cannot be guaranteed.

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Previous Meetings

Stakeholder Engagement and Communication (SEC) Calls

Interagency ME/CFS Working Group Meetings

Roundtable Meetings