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Tuesday, May 6, 2008 General News J E 4
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SALEM, Ore., May 5 The National Fibromyalgia ResearchAssociation (NFRA) will present the Fibromyalgia and Sleep Disordersscientific conference October 2-4, 2008 in Portland, Oregon at the PortlandMarriott Downtown Waterfront.

"Clinical and research studies highlight the importance of unrefreshingsleep, fatigue and widespread pain as core problems in patients withfibromyalgia and related illnesses. This meeting, organized by the NationalFibromyalgia Research Association (NFRA), will serve as the first majorscientific and public meeting to highlight our current understanding of suchproblems and advances in their treatment," said Harvey Moldofsky, MD.

Fibromyalgia and Sleep Disorders is targeted towards primary carephysicians, rheumatologists, nurses, and other clinicians treating chronicpain and sleep disorders. The conference offers 15+ CE/CME hours tophysicians and allied healthcare professionals.

"The association of sleep dysfunction with fibromyalgia by Dr. HarveyMoldofsky in the mid-1970s was largely responsible for the subsequentsystematic study of fibromyalgia. Over the last quarter century this researchhas led to the contemporary paradigm of fibromyalgia as being a disorderassociated with maladaptive functioning of the central nervous system. We'velearned much about sleep, pain, stress, and fatigue pathways. This conferenceprovides a tremendous opportunity for practitioners to review what has beendiscovered and learn how to apply the information to improve the quality oflife for their fibromyalgia patients," said Robert M. Bennett, MD.

An international faculty including Moldfosky and Bennett, as well as othernoted fibromyalgia and sleep researchers and clinicians including I. JonRussell, MD, PhD, George Chrousos, MD, Jerome Siegel, PhD, and ManuelMartinez-Lavin, MD will present an expansive 2-day curriculum. The courseofferings will include the interaction of sleep, pain, and mood; thepathophysiology of sleep as related to fibromyalgia; polysomnography;maladaptive brain plasticity in fibromyalgia, and sleep and the autonomicnervous system. The full conference agenda can be found on www.nfra.net.

Shanda Shribbs, Executive Director of the NFRA affirmed, "fibromyalgia hasbeen as frustrating for physicians as it is for patients. Tremendous researchefforts have led to many more alternatives for gaining control of this chronicillness. The Fibromyalgia and Sleep Disorders scientific conference is a goodway for practitioners to learn new options. Attendees will leave theconference with renewed enthusiasm, the tools to provide better treatment fortheir fibromyalgia patients, and the belief that they can help their patientsattain a better quality of life."

The scientific conference will provide opportunities for commercialsupport such as exhibits, and satellite symposia. Additionally, aCall-for-Abstracts was issued last month.

Organizations, corporations, and media interested in partnership orsponsorship opportunities are asked to contact Shanda Shribbs atShanda@nfra.net. Registration is through NFRA's website, www.nfra.net.Fibromyalgia and Sleep is jointly sponsored by the Postgraduate Institute forMedicine, the National Fibromyalgia Research Association, and MedicalEducation Trust.

About NFRA

The National Fibromyalgia Research Association (NFRA) is dedicated tofurthering physician education and finding a cure for fibromyalgia. NFRA hasconsistently built on this premise in an effort to raise public, medical, andgovernmental awareness. NFRA was founded in 1992 by Jack Scott, and hasfunded $1.6 million dollars towards these goals. Visit www.nfra.net for moreinformation.

SOURCE The National Fibromyalgia Research Association
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