The Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association, a 501(c)3 founded in 1985, exists to meet the needs of patients with ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) or FM (Fibromyalgia), their families and loved ones. The Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association works to educate health-care providers and the general public regarding these severely-disabling physical illnesses. We also support patients and their families and advocate for more effective treatment and research.
- Last Updated: 15 January 2020 15 January 2020
We are deeply saddened to bring you news of two deaths in our Massachusetts ME/CFS community: Elizabeth (Libby) Potter and Heather Colman-McGill.
- Last Updated: 19 October 2019 19 October 2019
Registration is now open for our Annual Event on Saturday, October 26th, 2019 from 1 to 4 pm at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, featuring Dr. Michael VanElzakker of MGH/Harvard Medical School. Please join us for a brief business meeting, a research presentation by Dr. VanElzakker, an update on the Harvard ME/CFS Collaboration, and a chance to meet fellow members of the Association. We look forward to seeing you! Register here.
Investigating ME/CFS at the intersection of the nervous and immune systems
Dr. Michael VanElzakker of MGH/Harvard Medical School
When: Saturday, October 26th, 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. for check-in
Shipley Auditorium, Bowles Conference Center
Newton Wellesley Hospital
2014 Washington St.
Newton, MA 02462
Park in the lot near the West (Main) Entrance. Directions from the parking areas to the Auditorium can be found here.
Join or renew your membership at the event! This program is open to the public and free to members of the Association, journalists, researchers and health care professionals; $15 voluntary donation for non-members.
Michael VanElzakker, PhD is a research fellow in the neurotherapeutics division of Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School.
Dr. VanElzakker will discuss some challenges and opportunities in using brain scans to study communication between the immune and nervous systems. He will describe two ongoing studies that seek to elucidate autonomic dysfunction and possible neuroinflammation in ME/CFS. He will also give an update on the OMF-funded Harvard ME/CFS Collaboration.
Download the event flyer here! Please distribute widely.
- Last Updated: 20 July 2019 20 July 2019
Support the MassMECFS Half Marathon Team!
Leah (your Association President) and her friends, Liz and Holly, are running the Boston Athletic Association Half Marathon on Sunday, October 13th, 2019 as a fundraiser for the Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association. Please support our team and give now! Your donations enable our work to improve health care and support services for people affected by ME/CFS in Massachusetts.
Are you a healthy ally who likes to run? Join our team! You'll get camaraderie, training runs along the Charles River, and a free T-shirt. You can register for the BAA Half Marathon here. Then use the Contact Us form to let us know.
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Notice about names
The Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association would like to clarify the use of the various acronyms for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Chronic Fatigue & Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) on this site. When we generate our own articles on the illness, we will refer to it as ME/CFS, the term now generally used in the United States. When we are reporting on someone else’s report, we will use the term they use. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies, including the CDC, are currently using ME/CFS.
Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association changed its name in July, 2018, to reflect this consensus.