Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Mt. Sinai ME/CFS conference - Dr. Enlander lecture
Dr. Derek Enlander, who practices medicine in NYC, was instrumental in arranging a one-day ME/CFS conference at Mt. Sinai Hospital on Sunday, November 20, 2011. Dr. Enlander is well known in the ME/CFS community for his devoted work with patients with this illness. Dr. Enlander has provided support and care for thousands of patients in NYC and indeed worldwide. He travels regularly to Ireland and England and attends most ME/CFS conferences, playing a very important role down in the "trenches".
With a recent generous gift to Mt. Sinai Hospital by one of Dr. Enlander's patients, Dwight Merriman, Dr. Enlander wasted no time in getting this research and treatment center at Mt. Sinai underway. In the process he has enlisted three top researchers, two of them previously unknown to ME/CFS research. These researchers are Dr. Eric Schadt, Dr. Miriam Merad, and Dr. Ila Singh. On the clinical side, two well-known ME/CFS researcher/clinicians will be collaborating with Dr. Enlander at Mt. Sinai - Dr Kenny De Meirleir and Dr. David Bell. They will be undertaking various treatment paths, some of which are outlined in Dr. Enlander's lecture. See also Dr. Kenny De Meirleir's lecture on the latest with GcMAF.
Dr. Enlander, ever the gentleman, gave the last lecture of the day on that Sunday. In many ways his lecture functioned as a summation of the day's presentations and pulled various threads together.
Collectively these six lectures at this conference gave those in attendance great hope for the future of ME/CFS research at Mt. Sinai Hospital. The Mt. Sinai ME/CFS Center gives every indication of wanting to work collaboratively to get at this disease. This entire enterprise is exciting news indeed and we have Dr. Derek Enlander and his fine colleagues to thank for it. Let us hope that this small scale, hard-hitting conference idea becomes a regular practice.
The audio and videos of these lectures were done by Peter Cairns and Nicholas Cairns.