Hunter-Hopkins Center

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Hunter-Hopkins Center is a clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States that specializes in treating patients with fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, and related conditions, and takes part in research into ME/CFS.[1][2][3] After the retirement of founder Dr Charles Lapp, the Hunter-Hopkins Center director became Dr. Vincent F. Hillman.[4]

Ampligen[edit | edit source]

The Hunter-Hopkins Center, along with Nevada's Sierra Internal Medicine are the two primary clinics conducting clinical trials into Ampligen (rintatolimod) for severe and very severe ME, and for Long COVID patients meeting CFS criteria.[1][2]
Ampligen is an unlicensed drug available to some patients under the compassionate use program.[2]

MCAM[edit | edit source]

Hunter-Hopkins Center has also taken part in the CDC's Multi-Site Clinical Assessment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or MCAM.[1][5]

Charles Lapp[edit | edit source]

Dr Charles Lapp, founder of the Hunter-Hopkins Center, specialized in ME/CFS and was medical director at the Hunter-Hopkins Center until retiring in 2018.[3][6][4][7] Dr Lapp has helped run a number of clinicial trials for Ampligen in CFS patients.[8]

Laura Black[edit | edit source]

Dr Laura Black continued on staff since Dr Lapp's retirement but retired in 2019.[4][9]

Vincent Hillman[edit | edit source]

Dr Vincent F. Hillman took over as medical director in 2018, and has a family member with chronic fatigue syndrome.[4][9][10]

Interviews, talks and news articles[edit | edit source]

Notable studies and research[edit | edit source]

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Online prescence[edit | edit source]

Hunter-Hopkins Center, PLLC
7421 Carmel Executive Park Dr.
North Carolina
United States, 288226
  • Phone (704)543-9692
  • Facsimile: (704)543-8547
  • Email:

See also[edit | edit source]

Learn more[edit | edit source]

  • Research - Hunter Hopkins Center - Dr Lapp

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Research | Hunter-Hopkins Center, PLLC". Retrieved April 13, 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Ampligen in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Hunter-Hopkins Center, PLLC | specializing in fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and related conditions". Retrieved April 13, 2022.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Lapp, Charles (February 12, 2018). "Dr. Lapp Retires and Dr. Vincent Hillman Takes the Helm". Hunter-Hopkins Center. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  5. Unger, Elizabeth R.; Lin, Jin-Mann S.; Tian, Hao; Natelson, Benjamin H; Lange, Gudrun; Vu, Diana; Blate, Michelle; Klimas, Nancy G.; Balbin, Elizabeth G.; Bateman, Lucinda; Allen, Ali; Lapp, Charles W.; Springs, Wendy; Kogelnik, Andreas M.; Phan, Catrina C.; Danver, Joan; Podell, Richard N.; Fitzpatrick, Trisha; Peterson, Daniel L.; Gottschalk, C. Gunnar; Rajeevan, Mangalathu S.; MCAM Study Group (2017). "Multi-Site Clinical Assessment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (MCAM): Design and Implementation of a Prospective/Retrospective Rolling Cohort Study". American Journal of Epidemiology. 1–10. doi:10.1093/aje/kwx029.
  6. "Contact | Hunter-Hopkins Center, PLLC". Retrieved April 13, 2022.
  7. Strayer, DR; Carter, WA; Stouch, BC; Stevens, SR; Bateman, L; Cimoch, PJ; Lapp, CW; Peterson, DL; Chronic Fatigue Syndrome AMP-516 Study Group; Mitchell, WM (2012). "A double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized, clinical trial of the TLR-3 agonist rintatolimod in severe cases of chronic fatigue syndrome". PLoS One. 7 (3): e31334. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031334. PMID 22431963.
  8. "History of Changes for Study: NCT00215813 | Study of Ampligen in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". April 8, 2010. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Dr. Black Retires". Hunter-Hopkins Center. October 6, 2019. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  10. "Staff | Vincent F. Hillman, M". Hunter-Hopkins Center. Retrieved April 14, 2022.