Our Story

Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI) sprang from hope and determination to change the course of a spectrum of disabling diseases that continue to deeply affect our founders’ family and thousands of other families within the state of Nevada and around the world. Our founders asked a small but dedicated group of patients and physicians to help create a center where researchers and medical doctors could work together to bring an end to complex neuro-immune diseases (NIDs) including ME/CFS, autism, and fibromyalgia. With the help of private, federal, and state support, this dream was realized in 2010 with the opening of the institute on the medical school campus of the University of Nevada, Reno.

Thanks to the work of a handful of dedicated scientists and physicians, including those at WPI, this field has grown to include several medical research institutions and the publication of thousands of scientific studies.

Results of these studies conclude that this group of illnesses is associated with abnormal inflammation and immunity, dysfunctional mitochondria, and multiple infectious agents. They have systemic as well as neurological consequences and are recognized by a group of symptoms most notably cognitive impairment, disordered sleep, gastrointestinal dysfunction, loss of physical stamina and in the case of ME/CFS, severe exercise intolerance.

Our Focus

We support a neuro-immune disease (NID) community’s critical need for timely and effective treatments through grants of space and equipment within the Center for Translational Medicine at WPI. We encourage the sharing of scientific and medical information by hosting seminars, lectures and talks, and by engaging in other community activities which help us to educate local community members. We produce and share educational material on treatment and research discoveries from within the institute and the greater NID medical and scientific communities. WPI remains a dedicated advocate for critical research funding of drug treatment studies and clinical centers of excellence.

Because there remains a need for local support groups, WPI is actively seeking individual leaders to fill this role.  We continue to encourage those who want to become medical doctors and researchers to learn more about the doctors who practice within our facility and their medical research into NIDs. To insure the continuation of medical and scientific breakthroughs in this field of medicine, WPI acts as a conduit for collaboration between University of Nevada basic researchers and the onsite medical team.


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 Symdrome
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

News + Posts

H.R. 7057

December 3rd, 2020|0 Comments

This year’s federal advocacy meetings which are usually held at the US Capitol were cancelled due to the pandemic.  Advocacy activity was promoted online and WPI signed on in support of federal legislation, H.R. 7057, […]

It’s time to inform the world about ME/CFS!

November 13th, 2020|0 Comments

This Giving Tuesday is the perfect time to join with the Whittemore Peterson Institute, WPI, in support of our life changing work.  We need your help to create and disseminate informative educational materials, for doctors […]