Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), severely impacts the lives of an estimated 560 000 Canadians. It’s a complex and debilitating disorder, yet the underlying cause and pathophysiology are largely unknown, and there is no diagnostic test for the disease.
In 2017, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a new initiative to establish a consortium of centres to work collaboratively to define the cause (or causes) of and discover improved treatments for ME/CFS. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research is participating as an international collaborator on the initiative, and will provide funding to one Canadian multidisciplinary team to participate in the ME/CFS Collaborative Project.
On Saturday, 12 May 2018, the ME/FM Society of BC and the ME Victoria Association will co-host a free screening of the film Unrest, a Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary by filmmaker and ME patient Jennifer Brea. The movie will be followed by a question and answer session with local patients.
Doors open: 6:00 p.m. (food and refreshments)
Screening: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Eric Martin Theatre, 2328 Trent St., Victoria, BC
(entrance is on Fort St. end of building, 1900 block)
For anyone interested in seeing Unrest but unable to attend the screening in Victoria, the film is also streaming on Netflix Canada. Learn more about the film at www.unrest.film.
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