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3rd Annual Community Symposium on the Molecular Basis of ME/CFS at Stanford University

sponsored by Open Medicine Foundation (OMF)

Saturday, September 7th, 2019

at Paul Brest Hall, Stanford University

A unique and up-close opportunity to learn from and interact with world-class scientists.


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2019 Symposium Presentations
Sponsored by Open Medicine Foundation (OMF)

The Third Annual Community Symposium on the Molecular Basis of ME/CFS, sponsored by OMF, took place on September 7, 2019 at Stanford University. It brought together hundreds of researchers, clinicians, patients, caregivers, families, and advocates, and thousands more by livestream.

Opening Remarks:
Ronald W. Davis, PhD

Welcome: Linda Tannenbaum and Chris Armstrong

Janet Dafoe, PhD, Patient Liaison 

Symposium Logistics
Ashley Haugen, Event Organizer

Raeka Aiyar, PhD, Revolutionizing Disease Research with Stem Cells

Robert Harrington, MD: Video from the Stanford Chair of Medicine

Maureen Hanson, PhD | Keynote Address
Thoughts and Data about ME/CFS

Alain Moreau, PhD
Let’s Talk About You and ME

Oystein Fluge, MD, PhD
Lessons from clinical trials in ME/CFS

Q&A Panel Discussion
Morning Speakers

Ron Tompkins, MD, ScD | OMF ME/CFS
Collaboration at Harvard 

Jonas Bergquist, MD, PhD
A short video update

Juan Santiago, PhD | Quantification of RBC Deformability

Mike Snyder, PhD
Big Data, Wearables, and Health

Robert Phair, PhD
Metabolic Traps in ME/CFS

Ronald W. Davis, PhD
What’s Next?

Q&A Panel Discussion
Afternoon Speakers

Closing Remarks
Ronald W. Davis


Dr. Deborah Rose

The Symposium is preceded by a 3-day Science Meeting of our international working group.

View the Science Meeting agenda here.


Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Paul Brest Hall, Stanford University

08:00 a.m. Registration

09:00 a.m. Opening Remarks: Ronald W. Davis, PhD, Stanford University

09:10 a.m. Welcome: Linda Tannenbaum, CEO, OMF

09:15 a.m. Introduction to OMF Liason: Chris Armstrong, PhD

09:20 a.m. Greetings: Janet Dafoe, PhD, Patient Liaison

09:25 a.m. Symposium Logistics: Ashley Haugen, Event Organizer

09:30 a.m. Raeka Aiyar, PhD, Symposium Moderator, New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute

Revolutionizing disease research with stem cells

09:45 a.m. Robert Harrington, MD, Video from the Stanford Chair of Medicine

10:00 a.m. Keynote Address: Maureen Hanson, PhD, Cornell University

Thoughts and Data about ME/CFS

10:30 a.m. BREAK

10:50 a.m. Alain Moreau, PhD, University of Montreal

Let’s Talk About You and ME: An exploration of recent progresses to decode Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

11:15 a.m. Oystein Fluge, MD, PhD, University of Bergen

Lessons from clinical trials in ME/CFS

11:40 a.m. Panel Discussion: Morning Speakers

12:10 p.m. LUNCH

01:15 p.m. Ron Tompkins, MD, ScD, Harvard University

OMF ME/CFS Collaboration at the Harvard Affiliated Hospitals

01:40 p.m. Jonas Bergquist, MD, PhD, (Video), Uppsala University

A short update of the research activities at the ME/CFS Collaborative Research Centre in Uppsala

02:05 p.m. Juan Santiago, PhD, Stanford University

A study of red blood cell mechanics: Work towards a CFS diagnostic based on cell deformability

02:30 p.m. Mike Snyder, PhD, Stanford University

02:55 p.m. BREAK

03:15 p.m. Robert Phair, PhD, Integrative Bioinformatics Inc.

Metabolic Traps in ME/CFS

03:40 p.m. Ronald W. Davis, PhD, Stanford University

What’s Next?

04:05 p.m. Panel Discussion: Afternoon Speakers

Closing Remarks:

04:35 p.m. Ronald W. Davis, PhD

05:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. RECEPTION


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Ronald W. Davis, PhD, Director

Dr. Davis’ history of interdisciplinary work, technology development, and attacking previously unsolvable biological problems (both in genetics and traumatology) makes him the ideal scientist to lead

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Robert Phair, PhD

Dr. Robert Phair is an MIT electrical engineer who worked at the National Institutes of Health while in the US Public Health Service, earned a

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Maureen Hanson, PhD

Dr. Hanson has conducted groundbreaking molecular analysis of many facets of ME/CFS. She analyzes her data with sophistication and insight. It’s exciting to have such an

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Juan Santiago

Juan Santiago received his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995. His research includes the development of

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Alain Moreau, PhD

Dr. Alain Moreau is a Full Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry (Stomatology Department), cross-appointed to the Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine Department in the Faculty

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