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.
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.