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 life long disease and disability.
Results: WPI has devoted millions of dollars directly to research for neuro-immune diseases. Whether you
are a patient, a volunteer, or someone impacted by the disease, there are many ways you can make a
difference in the quest for answers. Contact us at any time about how you can help.
Target demographics: HELP WPI FIND A CURE
17,000,000 suffer from neuro-immune disease. There is no cure or any treatment approved by the FDA.
1 in 300 suffers from ME and CFS
1 in 150 suffers from fibromyalgia
1 in 110 children falls within autism spectrum disorder
Lyme disease is a fast growing epidemic in the U.S. (Many sufferers go on to develop a chronic illness identical to ME and CFS)
225,000 service men of the 600,000 from the 1991 Gulf War have a multisymptom illness similar to ME and CFS called Gulf War illness (GWI)
Geographic areas served: Worldwide
Programs: Research is the key to understanding how and why these complex diseases occur. In addition to our own labs, we are leveraging an international network of dedicated virologists, immunologists, geneticists and other highly skilled researchers. Our driving goal is to translate this work into meaningful treatments, and someday a cure, for the patients who inspire us.
My persona before ME was that of a scientist, looking at the effects of violent films on children under 10 years of age. It was new then and no one took it seriously. So I rate the research for the WPI as brave, uncompromising, and above all compassionate to the ME world. I can give them no higher accolade, because there are no words for the bravery, knowing how their research could be vilified by those who do not want the truth about ME made public.
In my family we have three ME, one suspected case, and Parkinson's disease.
Having ME in the UK means no support, and many are economically affected, and are socially islolated.
I work on a ME help line and run a group for ME people, and it would appear that the numbers of ME people in my area are raisng exponentially.