Opening of the Whittemore-Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Diseases


"Vision without action is merely a dream.
Action without vision just passes the time.

Vision with action can change the world." 

In April 2006 Invest in ME heard of a plan by an American lady to open a centre for ME. We wrote an email to Mrs Annette Whittemore-

We heard of the news of the CFS Research Centre being set up by your family in Nevada. I have been trying to find out more about the status of your efforts to set up this centre so that we could put an update on our web site (

I wondered if it is possible to know the current situation of this centre as the only news I can find on the web seems to relate to last year. It is excellent news that training of new researchers will be possible from such a centre and compares to the lack of facilities or innovative ideas such as this in the UK.

We were also interested in your work on HHV-6 and had this as our topic of the week recently, and linked to your site and your upcoming conference in Barcelona.

Out of interest we have organised a conference in London - The ME Conference 2006 - on ME Awareness Day 12th May. If you are still around in Europe after the HHV-6 conference perhaps you would be very welcome to join us at the conference in London?

On that occasion we didn't receive a reply, perhaps the email never got through, but we persevered and Annette answered our next invitation - to the two-day 2nd Invest in ME International ME/CFS Conference in 2007. She was accompanied by Dr Daniel Peterson – and since then the WPI have had a permanent slot reserved and have attended each IiME conference.

The conferences have borne witness to the amazing progress which has been made by WPI and the determination and integrity which has been a hallmark of Dr Dan Peterson’s work.

In a world where doing nothing about the scandal of ME has been the norm for governments, where immoral and corrupt or even criminal acts are perpetrated on ME patients and indirectly on their families by individuals and organizations who wish to maintain their influence, where it is easier for society to ignore rather than face up to the scandal of ME - the WPI shines as a beacon of hope for millions that their lives will improve.

The Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro Immune Disease aims to bring 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. The WPI will facilitate and advance patient care; research the pathophysiology of neuro-immune diseases such as ME/CFS, fibromyalgia, atypical MS, and autism; develop therapeutics, diagnostics and prevention strategies for this spectrum of diseases; and advance and support medical education and physician training. The WPI will be based at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Centre for Molecular Medicine, - a state-of-the-art 100,000 square foot facility on the Reno campus. The Centre houses portions of several university departments and includes research laboratories and  clinical space.


Invest in ME would like to congratulate the Whittemore-Peterson Institute, its founders Mrs Annette Whittemore and Dr Daniel Peterson and Research Director Dr Judy Mikovits, Dr Vince Lombardi and the others who make up this brave new world.

And we would like to thank the Whittemore family for their often unrecognized yet crucial support and belief in this venture.


The Whittemore-Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Diseases offers the hope to millions that proper science will prevail and overcome the ignorance and corruption which has been allowed to destroy lives of people with ME.

As we begin our attempt to create a similar centre of Excellence for ME in the UK Invest in ME wish to thank publicly the WPI for their vision, determination and courage in showing the world the direction - in not looking at things the way they are, and asking why... but in dreaming of things that never were, and asking why not?

Congratulations to the WPI from Invest in ME and our supporters and best wishes for the future.

"A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral" - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Witness now a new era in ME/CFS research.

Research at Whittemore-Peterson Institute - click here

Last Updated: 18 August, 2010