Els Tobback

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Els Tobback, PhD, is a biomedical scientist and somnologist at the Department of General Internal Medicine, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium.[1]

Education[edit | edit source]

  • 2003, Bioscience Engineering: Cell and Gene Biotechnology, Free University of Brussels, Belgium[1]
  • 2004, Master of Cultures and Development Studies, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium[1]
  • 2009, PhD in Veterinary Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium[1]
  • 2012, International Sleep Medicine Course, Robinson College Cambridge, UK[1]


EUROMENE[edit | edit source]

Dr. Tobback is the Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM) Coordinator the Working Group on conferences, seminars, training schools, and STSMs to increase capacity in ME/CFS research, and improve career pathways for ME/CFS researchers across Europe on behalf of EUROMENE, a European Union COST Action CA15111 not-for-profit research organization committed to tackling the cause and treatment for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.[2]

Notable studies[edit | edit source]

  • 2013, Sleep in the chronic fatigue syndrome[3] - (Abstract)
  • 2013, Undiagnosed and comorbid disorders in patients with presumed chronic fatigue syndrome[4] - (Abstract)
  • 2016, Factors determining fatigue in the chronic fatigue syndrome: a path analysis[5] - (Abstract)
  • 2017, Exploring the potential role of the advanced nurse practitioner within a care path for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome[6] - (Abstract)
  • 2018, Reciprocal associations between daily need-based experiences, energy, and sleep in chronic fatigue syndrome[7] - (Abstract)
  • 2019, Retrospective Analysis of Risk Factors for Periodic Limb Movements in a Large Cohort of Insomnia and Chronic Fatigue Patients[8] - (Abstract)

Talks and interviews[edit | edit source]

Online presence[edit | edit source]

  • PubMed

See also[edit | edit source]

Learn more[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.01.11.21.31.4 "Curriculum Vitae - Els Tobback". EUROMENE. Retrieved Sep 24, 2019. 
  2. "Action CA15111". COST. Retrieved Sep 24, 2019. 
  3. Mariman, An N.; Vogelaers, Dirk P.; Tobback, Els; Delesie, Liesbeth M.; Hanoulle, Ignace P.; Pevernagie, Dirk A. (Jun 2013). "Sleep in the chronic fatigue syndrome". Sleep Medicine Reviews. 17 (3): 193–199. doi:10.1016/j.smrv.2012.06.003. 
  4. Mariman, An; Delesie, Liesbeth; Tobback, Els; Hanoulle, Ignace; Sermijn, Erica; Vermeir, Peter; Pevernagie, Dirk; Vogelaers, Dirk (Nov 2013). "Undiagnosed and comorbid disorders in patients with presumed chronic fatigue syndrome". Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 75 (5): 491–496. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2013.07.010. 
  5. Tobback, Els; Hanoulle, Ignace; Mariman, An; Delesie, Liesbeth; Pevernagie, Dirk; Vogelaers, Dirk (Sep 2, 2016). "Factors determining fatigue in the chronic fatigue syndrome: a path analysis". Acta Clinica Belgica. 71 (5): 284–289. doi:10.1080/17843286.2016.1165396. ISSN 1784-3286. 
  6. Ryckeghem, Hannah; Delesie, Liesbeth; Tobback, Els; Lievens, Stefaan; Vogelaers, Dirk; Mariman, An (Jul 2017). "Exploring the potential role of the advanced nurse practitioner within a care path for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome". Journal of Advanced Nursing. 73 (7): 1610–1619. doi:10.1111/jan.13244. 
  7. Campbell, Rachel; Vansteenkiste, Maarten; Delesie, Liesbeth; Tobback, Els; Mariman, An; Vogelaers, Dirk; Mouratidis, Athanasios (Dec 2018). "Reciprocal associations between daily need-based experiences, energy, and sleep in chronic fatigue syndrome". Health Psychology. 37 (12): 1168–1178. doi:10.1037/hea0000621. ISSN 1930-7810. 
  8. Tobback, Els; Desmet, Olivier; Hanoulle, Ignace; Delesie, Liesbeth; Pevernagie, Dirk; Vogelaers, Dirk; Mariman, An (Aug 27, 2019). "Retrospective Analysis of Risk Factors for Periodic Limb Movements in a Large Cohort of Insomnia and Chronic Fatigue Patients". Pharmacopsychiatry: a–0991–0498. doi:10.1055/a-0991-0498. ISSN 0176-3679. 

chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A fatigue-based illness. The term CFS was invented invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as an replacement for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Some view CFS as a neurological disease, others use the term for any unexplained long-term fatigue. Sometimes used as a the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, despite the different diagnostic criteria.

somatic symptom disorder - A psychiatric term to describe an alleged condition whereby a person's thoughts somehow cause physical symptoms. The actual existence of such a condition is highly controversial, due to a lack of scientific evidence. It is related to other psychiatric terms, such as "psychosomatic", "neurasthenia", and "hysteria". Older terms include "somatization", "somatoform disorder", and "conversion disorder". Such terms refer to a scientifically-unsupported theory that claims that a wide range of physical symptoms can be created by the human mind, a theory which has been criticized as "mind over matter" parapsychology, a pseudoscience. Although "Somatic Symptom Disorder" is the term used by DSM-5, the term "Bodily Distress Disorder" has been proposed for ICD-11. (Learn more: www.psychologytoday.com)

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