Thursday, October 7, 2010

Nevada Business Visionaries


Annette Whittemore

Founder & President

Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease (WPI)

    After her daughter suffered for several years from chronic fatigue syndrome, Annette Whittemore got busy. She created a research program and institute dedicated to uncovering the causes of and developing effective treatments for neuroimmune diseases, such as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Gulf War illness, atypical multiple sclerosis and autism.

    She created a national network of researchers, doctors and patients along with an advocacy program that resulted in federal support for the institute. She established a partnership between the Whittemore Family Foundation, private donors, the State of Nevada and the University of Nevada, Reno to fund a $77 million dollar research facility at UNR's School of Medicine. In fact, Whittemore now is moving into WPI's recently completed clinical patient facilities and research laboratories at UNR.

    She speaks often at international medical conferences and workshops and now is a voice for the neuroimmune community before federal and state legislatures.


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