The Irish ME/CFS Association is pleased to announce the following four talks by Dr. Ros Vallings from New Zealand as part of its ME Awareness Month activities in May. A profile of Dr. Vallings is at the end. Admission is E5, on the door, to help towards the costs of organising these four meetings, and Dr. Vallings' trip*. - Tuesday, May 21: 11.30am, Limerick Strand Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick city http://www.strandhotellimerick.ie/ Tel (for hotel): 061 421 800 - Wednesday, May 22: 7.30pm, Westwood Hotel, Dangan, Newcastle, Galway city. http://www.westwoodhousehotel.com/ - Thursday, May 23: 8pm, Bush Hotel, Main Street, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim http://www.bushhotel.com/ (our local contact tells us that there is a lot of parking at the back of the hotel) - Saturday, May 25: 2.30pm, Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport, Old Airport Road, Cloghran (Santry), Dublin Airport, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: (01) 8667500. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org : http://www.carltondublinairport.com/ For more information, contact: Irish ME/CFS Association, PO Box 3075, Dublin 2. Tel: (Dublin) 2350965. Email: email@example.com (info @ irishmecfs.org). Website: www.irishmecfs.org --------------- Profile Dr. Vallings sent us: Dr Rosamund Vallings MNZM, MB BS (Lond), MRCS LRCP, Dip Clin Hyp, BA (Massey) I have run a medical practice since 1966, and the practice has become specialised over the past 30 years, with most patients suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME), Fibromyalgia and related conditions. I am closely involved in diagnosing and managing these patients who mostly come on referral from other doctors from all over New Zealand. I participate in regular seminars for these patients, and have produced an education booklet and a number of information sheets for patients. I have written a book on the diagnosis and management of CFS/ME which was published in September 2012. I am medical adviser to the ANZMES – the local national organisation supporting those with CFS/ME. I have been involved in GP and student education at the University of Auckland and have also spoken to medical groups around NZ. I have regularly attended international CFS/ME conferences and presented papers. I always produce a detailed report from these conferences for international distribution. I have visited a number of CFS/ME centres overseas, and maintain contact with many overseas CFS/ME organisations. I am a board member and secretary of the International Association for CFS/ME (IACFS) and currently write their regular newsletter. I have been involved in planning and implementing a pilot programme for education of social welfare case workers. I have reviewed the overseas guidelines for the diagnosis and management of CFS/ME for the NZ Guidelines Group, with a view to providing a set of NZ guidelines. I have recently been involved with the IACFS in producing a physicians’ primer to be used internationally, and I have also participated in an international group based in Canada producing a recently published updated consensus definition for the illness. I have frequently been involved in collaborative research both in NZ and overseas. In January 2008, I was awarded the Membership of the NZ Order of Merit for services to CFS/ME in the Queen’s New Years Honours.