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WHITTEMORE PETERSON INSTITUTE FORNEURO IMMUNE DISEASES
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Whittemore Peterson Institute
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U Science and Technology Research Institutes
U99 Science and Technology Research Institutes, Services N.E.C.
G Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines
G99 Diseases, Disorders, Medical Disciplines N.E.C.
T Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking
T99 Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C.
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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 life long disease and disability.
Mrs. Annette F. Whittemore
WPI’s research goal is to understand the pathophysiology of chronic immune and autoimmune diseases. WPI’s newly published research study titled, Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells in the Duodenum of Individuals Diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Are Uniquely Immunoreactive to Antibodies to Human Endogenous Retroviral Proteins, describes a potential link between myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and processes that are known to be involved in autoimmunity. These findings are similar to findings in other diseases, such as MS and lupus, in which endogenous retroviruses play a role. We believe that by building on the biological associations between ME and other well known diseases, we will continue to discover important answers to all of these diseases, which will lead to effective treatment strategies and improved patient care. Critical to the success of WPI’s research program is the sophisticated Next Generation Sequencing equipment that was acquired jointly with the University of Nevada, Reno and placed in the Nevada Genomics Center. WPI is proud to be able to support the greater community by combining the institute’s efforts and resources with the University’s in order to stay at the forefront of biological research. As part of WPI’s translational research efforts, doctors in the Center for Translational Medicine (CTM) continued to provide individualized medical care in an effort to create a better understanding of complex disease. In addition to supporting the CTM, WPI collaborated with medical experts outside of the institute from such diverse fields as rheumatology, infectious disease, neurology, and immunology. As we move forward, it is important to note how fortunate WPI is to be centrally located between University research laboratories and a busy medical school. Talented, dedicated scientists and research oriented medical students provide a unique opportunity for the institute to grow and prosper. This critical synergy between both institutions promises to yield greater advances in a shorter period of time. While we understand that scientific inquiry requires the use of slow and precise methods, we believe that it is essential that we shorten the time between discovery and more effective patient care.
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
The Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease (WPI) is a medical research institute created to address the lack of scientific and medical knowledge surrounding a group of debilitating illnesses that impact the immune system and the brain. The institute’s research program is addressing the biological causes of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and Gulf War illness. Future studies will include fibromyalgia, autism and atypical MS. These chronic and debilitating physical conditions have no agreed upon biological markers or blood tests to confirm their diagnosis. In addition, there are no FDA approved treatments to reduce the burden of disease, yet they impact tens of millions of people around the world.
WPI is dedicated to integrity and innovation in research and clinical care, and to up-to-date education for the benefit of patients, their families and medical providers. Through the use of its modern research laboratories and comprehensive medical facilities, the institute continues to serve patients from around the world.
Institute achievements include the discovery of a unique inflammatory signature in a subset of ME patients (a potential biomarker of disease) and the implementation of informative scientific seminars and conferences. WPI has also supported multiple physicians in their research of various patient treatments including antiviral medications and immune therapies. WPI has promoted national recognition of the serious impact of neuro-immune diseases and urgent need for greater federal research funding. We have also created greater disease awareness, through our annual community walk and public health events, in recognition of National Women’s Health Week.
Future clinical trials at WPI will result in affordable, effective treatment options for this underserved population. As we achieve our goals we will fulfill a critical need for more rapid advances on behalf of those with neuro-immune disease.