Collaborative Research

Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI) is dedicated to curing complex, chronic diseases by supporting collaborative research between University of Nevada, Reno researchers and expert physicians within the institute’s facilities. Dr. Kenny De Meirleir and Dr. Vincent Lombardi have worked closely together for years in an effort to solve ME/CFS and similar infection-associated neuroimmune diseases.

We are indebted to those who suffer from these diseases and have donated their samples to this research.  They are critical to our efforts to identify more effective treatments. While patients may not benefit directly from research studies, their participation is the driving force behind the effort to discover biomarkers of disease and most importantly potential treatments.

We are excited by WPI collaborative studies surrounding the gut-brain axis and immunity that are beginning to provide onsite clinicians with effective treatment strategies.  These treatments include FDA-approved drugs and others that are currently in clinical trials.

We hope that you will join us in this journey through your donations of samples, time and/or financial support.  Our progress depends you!


Our purpose is to improve the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases that place a significant burden on the global community.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
Myalgic EncephalomyelitisChronic Fatigue Syndrome
Myalgic encephalomyelitis, also referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, is a complex disease involving profound dysregulation of the central nervous system and immune system. This systemic disease is characterized by severe flu-like symptoms, accompanied by a substantial loss of stamina and energy. read more
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum DisorderGroup of Developmental Disorders
Autism spectrum disorder is a general term for a group of complex disorders of brain development. Those impacted experience severe deficits of higher mental functions such as social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, imagination, and cognition. read more

Post Treatment Lyme Disease
Post Treatment Lyme DiseaseA Complex Chronic Disease
Post-treatment Lyme disease (PTLD) or chronic Lyme disease is the name for a group of chronic symptoms that may occur after taking the antibiotic treatment for an acute episode of Lyme disease. read more

Scientific Advisory Board

Kenneth Hunter Jr.
Kenneth Hunter Jr. SCD, SAB CHAIR University of Nevada, Reno
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Applied Research Facility (ARF), Room 412
Mail Stop 199
1664 North Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557
(775) 327-5255
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Petar Lenart
Petar Lenart MD, MSC, PhD Clinical Associate Professor,
Internal Medicine
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 800-777-8442
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Ron Pardini
Ron PardiniPhD University of Nevada, Reno
Molecular Biosciences
Max Fleischmann Agriculture Building 210
Mail Stop: 0221
1664 North Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557
(775) 784-6237
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