Our Story

NVCBR 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 diseases of the immune system and the brain including ME/CFS, autism, fibromyalgia, and Gulf War illness. This dream was realized in 2010 with the opening of the center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno, thanks to private, state, and federal financial support.

Thanks to the work of a handful of dedicated scientists and physicians, including those at NVCBR, 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

NVCBR researchers seek to discover the underlying causes of a spectrum of acquired diseases with the greatest impact on the immune system and the brain. Our key studies surround aberrant immunity, the gut/brain axis, inflammation, chronic infection, genetic susceptibility, and autoantibodies.


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

Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple SclerosisDisease of the Central Nervous System
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling, disease that disrupts the flow of information within the central nervous system. The most common symptoms are overwhelming fatigue, visual disturbances, altered sensation, and difficulties with mobility. read more

News + Posts


May 17th, 2018|0 Comments

August 17, 2018
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The Grove at South Creek

On Friday, August 17, Nevada Center for Biomedical Research (NVCBR) will host Cheers, its annual fundraising event to benefit treatment discovery for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) […]

Harmonizing ME/CFS research through the use of common data elements

January 9th, 2018|0 Comments

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently assembled an external working group of international experts and patient advocates to […]