Whittemore Peterson Institute

Rating: 4.21 stars   78 reviews


University of Nevada, Reno - MS 0552 1664 N. Virginia Street Reno NV 89557-0552 USA


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.


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. Contact us: info@wpinstitute.org

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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)

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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. http://www.wpinstitute.org/research/research_overview.html

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Rating: 1 stars  

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This "charity" is run by a socialite whose husband was one of the most powerful political lobbyists in Nevada. Now Harvey Whittemore's house of cards is falling, and it is taking his wife and her Institute along with it. Before anyone gives a dime to this charity, he should google "Harvey Whittemore" and "Annette Whittemore" and read the results. Even if they wanted to do meaningful medical research, they would not be able to accomplish that since they fired their only competent research scientist in Sept. 2011.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Just a couple of years after its founding, WPI is the clear world leader in the science of neuro-immune diseases including ME. They were founded with a $5M donation from the Whittemore family, whose daughter Andrea suffers from ME. They do incredible high-level science, collaborating on studies with NCI and Cleveland Clinic. Their work has been also been confirmed by NIH, FDA, Harvard and Cornell Med Schools.

Unfortunately, NIH has not granted WPI any money, so it must rely on patient donations. PLEASE SUPPORT WPI any way you can including financially!

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being positively impacted by WPI's work, like every pwME.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get them a lot more funding.!

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