Whittemore Peterson Institute

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The Whittemore Peterson Institute Mission


The Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease exists to bring discovery, knowledge, and effective treatments to patients with illnesses that are caused by acquired dysregulation of both the immune system and the nervous system, often resulting in lifelong disease and disability.

Our goals include:

  • To facilitate and advance patient care
  • Research the pathophysiology of neuro-immune diseases such as ME/CFS, fibromyalgia, Gulf War illness, atypical MS and autism.
  • Develop therapeutics, diagnostics and prevention strategies for this spectrum of diseases
  • Advance and support medical education and physician training

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History

In September 2004, a group of dedicated citizens and clinicians proposed the concept of a medical institute for the millions who suffer from the disorders known as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), fibromyalgia, and other closely related illnesses. They were concerned by the lack of available doctors to serve the growing number of patients with these complex chronic illnesses.

Since 2005, when the Nevada Legislature unanimously approved a joint project between WPI, University of Nevada School of Medicine, and the Nevada Cancer Institute, our vision has grown considerably. Built within the Center for Molecular Medicine on the University of Nevada School of Medicine campus, WPI is a state-of-the-art translational research facility that opened its doors in 2010.



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