Institute for Neuro Immune Medicine
Notable people[edit | edit source]
- Nancy Klimas, Director of INIM and Chair of Clinical Immunology at Nova Southeastern University
- Irma Rey
- Maria Vera
- Mary Ann Fletcher, Schemel Professor for Neuro Immune Medicine
- Elizabeth Balbin, Clinical Research Director
- Fanny Collado, Research Nurse Coordinator and Health Science Specialist
Notable studies[edit | edit source]
- 2018, Identification of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome-associated DNA methylation patterns
Current research[edit | edit source]
Crowd-sourced ME/CFS Gene Study[edit | edit source]
Beginning in 2015, Dr. Klimas has asked patients to provide their genetic data (either via Ancestry.com or 23andMe) to develop a large-scale study to look for patterns and subgroups in the genetics of ME/CFS patients.
Funding[edit | edit source]
Online presence[edit | edit source]
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- NSU. "Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine Clinic". NSU. Retrieved Jan 13, 2019.
- "Mary Ann Fletcher Joins Nova Southeastern University as Schemel Professor for Neuro Immune Medicine | NSU Newsroom". nsunews.nova.edu. Retrieved Jan 13, 2019.
- NSU. "Our Team | Clinical Research | NSU Institute for Neuro Immune Medicine". NSU. Retrieved Jan 13, 2019.
- Nathanson, Lubov; Klimas, Nancy G.; Fletcher, Mary Ann; Beljanski, Vladimir; Rose, Natasha; Sarria, Leonor; Oltra, Elisa; Trivedi, Malav S. (Jul 23, 2018). "Identification of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome-associated DNA methylation patterns". PLOS ONE. 13 (7): e0201066. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0201066. ISSN 1932-6203. PMID 30036399.
- Gene Study video invitation to participate
myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A controversial term, invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, that generally refers to a collection of symptoms as “fatigue”. There have been multiple attempts to come up with a set of diagnostic criteria to define this term, but few of those diagnostic criteria are currently in use. Previous attempts to define this term include the Fukuda criteria and the Oxford criteria. Some view the term as a useful diagnostic category for people with long-term fatigue of unexplained origin. Others view the term as a derogatory term borne out of animus towards patients. Some view the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, while others view myalgic encephalomyelitis as a distinct disease.