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Student Highlight:

Cassandra Puccinelli, M.D.
Cassie, as her friends affectionately call her, is graduating from the University of Nevada School of Medicine as the top student in her class. Cassie earned the Dean's Merck Manual Award for Outstanding Student in Medical Studies, the Outstanding Student in Surgery Award, and the American Medical Women's Association of Commendation for Student Achievement Award. She was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She will serve her residency at the most prestigious medical organization in the US, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She will begin her five-year training as an ENT surgeon in June 2015. Cassie is one of three new ENT residents at the Mayo, having been chosen for one of the more rare medical residencies in the US.

Cassie began her association with WPI as a junior pre-med student in 2010 and soon became a research assistant working part time in WPI’s basic research laboratory. Cassie was a quick study in laboratory methods, becoming an invaluable employee within weeks of on-the-job training. Her personal experiences while researching ME have given her a unique insight into the complexity of the illness and a compassion for patients who suffer from this complex disease.

WPI is proud to highlight the extraordinary talents of Cassie. We know that she will be a huge success and a well-educated spokesperson for those who suffer from ME and other similar diseases. Thank you, Cassie, for sharing your time and talents with WPI.


10th Invest in ME Conference is being held May 29th, 2015


Annette Whittemore speaking at the Institute of Medicine ME/CFS Meeting -May 5th, 2014 - Download the IOM Slideshow

Positively Northern Nevada: Friday the 13th a lucky night for fundraisers:

Reno Gazette Journal: Positively Northern Nevada Friday 13th lucky night fundraisers.

Dr. Vincent Lombardi and Annette Whittemore are interviewed by Deborah Waroff and discuss the latest happenings at WPI:

Episode 47 Part 1-Annette Whittemore
Episode 47 Part 2

Episode 48 Part 1- Dr. Vincent Lombardi
Episode 48 Part 2

Appearances on Nevada Newsmakers:

One of WPI's goals is to educate the general public about the institute and the progress the institute is making towards solving critical questions about neuro-immune diseases. One way to keep the public informed about WPI is appearances on Nevada Newsmakers. Nevada Newsmakers provides up to date information on important events within the state of Nevada. This informative show reaches an audience of about 70,000 people per month. The host, Sam Shad, serves of the board of directors for WPI and has a personal interest in neuro-immune diseases because his wife has suffered from fibromyalgia for over twenty years. You can view recent Nevada Newsmakers appearances by clicking on the episode links below.

-Annette Whittemore, WPI President and CEO, Dr. Vincent Lombardi, WPI Research Director, and Marc Johnson, University of Nevada, Reno President, appear on August 26, 2013 episode.

-Annette Whittemore, WPI President and CEO, Dr. Vincent Lombardi, WPI Research Director, and Kris Kruse, Operations Manager at The Nevada Genomics Center, appear on March 6, 2013 episode.

Annette Whittemore, WPI President and CEO, Dr. Vincent Lombardi, WPI Research Director, and Ken Hunter, Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Nevada, Reno/University of Nevada School of Medicine and WPI’s Scientific Advisory Board Chairman, appear on April 18, 2012 episode.

Dr. Kenny De Meirleir Web Seminars:

These web seminars are part of the project titled Wetenschap voor Patienten, or in English, Science for Patients. This project is a collaboration between Science Alliance and Dutch ME/cvs Vereniging (www.me-cvsvereniging.nl). There are 20 web seminars with Dr. Kenny De Meirleir. Other ME/CFS scientists will follow.

Twelve questions answered about ME, its origin and possible causes.
ME, Co-morbidity and Exclusion Criteria.
Subgroups of Patients.
ME, Th1, Th2 and Th17
Is ME and/or CFS a disease?
Is it possible to diagnose ME/CFS?
Is ME a hereditary condition?
ME and sleep disorders
ME and pain
ME and Hormones
ME, the Immune System and several Viruses.
ME and the Blood Circulation
ME and Gastrointestinal Problems


Other News:


The Case for Centers of Excellence in ME/CFS

Neuroinflammation and Chronic Pain Link Established: Authors Call for Treatment Trials

The Neuro-Immune Pathophysiology of Central and Peripheral Fatigue in Systemic Immune-Inflammatory and Neuro-Immune Diseases

Vets study links PB pills, genetic variations to Gulf War illness

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Articles Making Waves in the Medical Community

A journey into illness

Baylor Scientist Finds First Direct Evidence of Gene-Exposure Link in Gulf War Illness


Chronic Illness associated with mold and mycotoxins: Is naso-sinus fungal biofilm the culprit?

Chronic fatigue syndrome activists launch 'uprising' from their beds

Miami clinic has treated Gulf War illness successfully, but methods have not been disseminated for use in other clinics in the VA system

Antioxidant drug knocks down multiple sclerosis-like disease in mice

Explainer: What is chronic fatigue syndrome?

Epitopes of microbial and human heat shock protein 60 and their recognition in myalgic encephalomyelitis

Autoimmunity and a wily virus: Is there a link?

Part 1: Sleep: A mystery at the crossroads of neuroscience

Part 2: Sleep: A mystery at the crossroads of neuroscience

Self-reported post-exertional fatigue in Gulf War veterans: Roles of autonomic testing

MS: Slow progression with vitamin D?

Vitamin D3 deficiency results in dysfunctions of immunity with severe fatigue and depression in a variety of diseases

Diseases can stigmatize

Deficient EBV-specific B- and T-cell response in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome

A-not-to-do list for caregivers of the chronically Ill

Illuminating an illness without end: Fellows Friday with Jennifer Brea

ProHealth’s 2013 Advocate of the Year – Jennifer Brea

Translating Science into Clinical Care - March 20-23, 2014 • San Francisco, California: http://www.iacfsme.org/Conferences/2014Conference/2014ProfessionalAgenda/tabid/535/Default.aspx

Advances in Clinical Care and Translational Research
March 19, 2014 • Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, Stanford, California

Bacterial toxin a potential trigger for multiple sclerosis

Does chronic fatigue syndrome need a new name?

The shame of biomedical research in the U.S.

What’s up in 2014? A look ahead for chronic fatigue syndrome

Identifying defining aspects of chronic fatigue syndrome via unsupervised machine learning and feature selection

Opening up data access, not just articles

New rule allows patients to get test results directly from labs, without doctors’ clearance

Poor oxygen uptake may be at the core of the exercise problems in chronic fatigue syndrome

Toll-like receptor 3 differently modulates inflammation in progressive or benign multiple sclerosis.

Discordant biological and toxicological species responses to TLR3 activation

Tissue hypoxia in autoimmune brain disease, A columbian discovery?

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome and encephalomyelitis disseminata/multiple sclerosis show remarkable levels of similarity in phenomenology and neuroimmune characteristics

Is Valacyclovir a mood stabilizer?

PLOS ONE: Epitopes of Microbial and Human Heat Shock Protein 60 and Their Recognition in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

A multidisciplinary approach to study a couple of monozygotic twins discordant for the chronic fatigue syndrome: A focus on potential salivary biomarkers.

A Good-bye to Tom Hennessy – Fierce Advocate: Memorial Tomorrow

Increased Levels of IL-17A Found in Patients with Fibromyalgia

A Tiger Awakes: ME/CFS Research Community Takes A Stand – Blasts Federal Efforts to Create Definition

ME/CFS Clinicians Challenge IOM Contract, Adopt Canadian Consensus Criteria

The Voice of the Patient: A series of reports from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Patient-Focused Drug Development Initiative

Potential probiotic effects beyond gut: psoriasis, CFS

Increased Brain White Matter Axial Diffusivity Associated with Fatigue, Pain and Hyperalgesia in Gulf War Illness

It is estimated that 25% of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) patients are severely affected – often housebound and/or bedridden and for many years. They have been largely invisible, greatly misunderstood and mostly ignored.

Sleep Abnormalities in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: A Review

Discriminative Validity of Metabolic and Workload Measurements to Identify Individuals With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Persistent human herpesvirus-6 infection in patients with an inherited form of the virus

The Human Microbiome and Autoimmunity: An Uneasy Coexistence

Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 modulates host inflammatory processes beyond the gut

Progesterone Protective Effects In Neurodegeneration And Neuroinflammation.

Study Suggests Retroviral Activation/Autoimmunity Possibly Linked in ME/CFS: Dr. Lombardi of WPI Talks to Cort Johnson, March 8, 2013

Important Discovery Exposes Autoimmune Nature of ME/CFS – HERVs Implicated, February 20, 2013

FDA’s Latest Efforts in Patient-focused Drug Development … Now in Full Swing!

Classic microscopy reveals borrelia bacteria

Study Hints of Rituximab MS Benefit

Microbes at home in your gut may also be influencing your brain

The role of gut microbiota in the gut-brain axis: current challenges and perspectives

Abnormal Visual Attention in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Detection of Mycotoxins in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

February 19, 2013: De Meirleir, et al., Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells in the Duodenum of Individuals Diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Are Uniquely Immunoreactive to Antibodies to Human Endogenous Retroviral Proteins

January 30, 2013: WPI Welcomes, International ME/CFS Expert - Dr. Kenny De Meirleir

International Medical Press: Andes-virus-induced cytokine storm is partially suppressed by ribavirin

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