I sent the following email inquiring about the November 2013 CFSAC meeting, which is scheduled for November 12th and 13th, 2013, less than 3 weeks from now. I’d encourage other patients who have questions about the upcoming meeting to email CFSAC at firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification as well.
Dear CFSAC Members,
I am writing to inquire about the video submissions for the upcoming November CFSAC meeting. What format and length do the videos have to be? How do they have to be submitted? What will be the deadline for submitting videos?
We are less than 3 weeks away from the meeting and it does not seem like any instructions regarding the pre-recorded patient videos are yet on the CFSAC website. As you know, patients are very sick and need potentially substantial lead time to be able to record their statements and submit them. I ask that you consider that when you determine the deadline for the submissions.
Also, is a registration required–and if so by when–or is simply logging on according to instructions, which will presumably be posted at some point before the meeting, sufficient? If a registration is required, when will instructions on that be posted and what is the deadline for registering?
The page linked to in the below email of September 12, 2013 from CFSAC announcing the November 2013 meeting does not provide the above or any other information about the meeting (e.g., the deadline and other instructions for written comments). If the information is already somewhere else on the CFSAC website and I merely overlooked it, would you be so kind as to send me a link to the correct page.
Jeannette BurmeisterOn Sep 12, 2013, at 3:06 PM, OS OPHS CFSAC (HHS/OPHS) <CFSAC@hhs.gov> wrote:
The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC) will hold its fall meeting as a webinar on November 12 and 13, 2013, from 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm ET each day. This will not be an in-person meeting. Because of budget constraints and the government-wide Sequestration, federal advisory committees have been told to conduct at least some of their meetings as webinars or use other similar formats.
We will use webinar technology to accept questions to the committee submitted in real time, similar to the questions received on note cards from the last meeting. For the first time, we will accept prerecorded videos as public comment for the fall 2013 meeting. As in the past, we will have “live” public comment via phone and will accept written public comments. Detailed instructions for joining the webinar and providing public comment will be posted on the CFSAC website www.hhs.gov/advcomcfs/ at a later date. Agenda items will be posted on the CFSAC website by October 28.
The 2014 CFSAC spring meeting will be in-person in Washington, DC; exact dates will be announced in 2014.
We continue to work on a contract with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to develop recommendations for clinical diagnostic criteria. When the contract is finalized, we will provide additional information via the CFSAC listserv and website. This topic will be included as an agenda item for the November webinar.
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