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

Dr. Lombardi Chosen as a 2018 Ramsey Award Recipients

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Congratulations to Dr. Vincent Lombardi, for being chosen as one of the 2018 Ramsey Award recipients.
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NVCBR Latest News

September 25th, 2018|0 Comments

We are pleased to announce that Nevada Center for Biomedical Research (“NVCBR”) has achieved a critical milestone. The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents approved a new contract resulting in the integration of […]