Journal of IiMER Keynote Speech Dr Vicky Whittemore Program Director in the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health in the United States Dr. Whittemore is a Program Director in the Synapses, Channels and Neural Circuits Cluster. Her interest is in understanding the underlying mechanisms of the epilepsies including the study of genetic and animal models of the epilepsies. The major goal is to identify effective treatments for the epilepsies and to develop preventions. Dr. Whittemore received a Ph.D. in anatomy from the University of Minnesota, followed by post-doctoral work at the University of California, Irvine, and a Fogarty Fellowship at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. She was on the faculty of the University of Miami School of Medicine in The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis prior to working with several non-profit organizations including the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, Genetic Alliance, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), and the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG). She also just completed a four-year term on the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council. Abstract: NIH Research Into ME Vicky Whittemore, PhD National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA Significant progress is being made on many research fronts impacting individuals with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Dr. Whittemore will highlight recent scientific findings from investigators supported by research grant awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the need for expansion of collaborative research on ME/CFS. In addition, she will provide an update on NIH research funding plans on ME/CFS, including continued support of investigator-initiated research grants and support for the new ME/CFS Collaborative Research Centers and ME/CFS Data Management Coordinating Center. She will provide updates on other NIH activities, including the ME/CFS Intramural Research Study, ME/CFS stakeholder conference calls, and activities of the Trans-NIH ME/CFS Working Group and the CFS Advisory Committee (CFSAC). www.investinme.org Page 67 of 82

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