The Institute for Neuro Immune Medicine (INIM) at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is proud to host “Complex Neuro Inflammatory Conditions: GWI and ME/CFS”, a day-long event on Wednesday, October 26th from 10 AM to 7:30 PM, on the main campus of Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida.
As the “local” hosts, the INIM will showcase INIM researchers, students and physicians with poster presentations and panel discussions on various aspects of our work on ME/CFS and GWI. Highlighting a theme encouraging collaboration, the INIM team and fellow NSU collaborators, will host a panel discussion of leaders from the Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs and Open Medicine Foundation to examine the power of collaboration in understanding complex medical conditions such as GWI and ME/CFS. The flyer for the event can be found here.
This event is open to any attendee of the IACFS/ME meeting, as well as the public, first come first serve. A registration fee of $25 will cover lunch, beverages and an invitation to our wine and cheese fundraiser at the end of the day to raise funds for ME/CFS Gene Research. Click here to register! Registration will close on Tuesday, October 25th at noon.
There will also be a free webcast available to those unable to attend in person. To view this event via webcast, please follow this link. Upon clicking the link, please select the Live Event. The event begins at 10 AM.
The Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center is located on the main campus of Nova Southeastern University at 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd, Davie, Fl 33314. For directions, click here.
Our poster session and lunch will be hosted in the atrium of the Carl DeSantis building, across the courtyard from the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts center.
The wine and cheese fundraiser will be hosted in the Center for Collaborative Research, also on the main campus of NSU. There will be complimentary shuttle service from the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Center to the fundraising event.
If you are intersested in volunteering for this event, need more information or would like to donate to assist in this cost, please email Adelalamo@Nova.edu
Jack S. Burks, MD, is a neurologist and an international leader in multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuroimmunology.
Following a MS/Neuroimmunology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Burks was a founder of one of the nation’s first MS centers at the University of Colorado. Dr. Burks has been a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Neurology, past President of the American Society for Neurological Rehabilitation, a founder of the Consortium of MS Centers and CMO of the MS Association of America. He has published 3 MS books, over 200 scientific articles, abstracts, and reviews as well as helping to establish MS programs in over 40 countries.
He received his BSc. in co-op physics from the University of Guelph and went on to finish a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in the field of biophysics at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Jack Tuszynski, Ph.D. His graduate research activities focused on subneural biomolecular information processing, and nanoscale neuroscience descriptions of memory, consciousness and cognitive dysfunction in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Davis’ history of interdisciplinary work, technology development, and attacking previously unsolvable biological problems (both in genetics and traumatology) makes him the ideal scientist to lead a collaborative consortium to solve the mystery of ME/CFS. Additionally, he brings a strong passion to this cause in hopes of finding a cure for his son, who suffers from a severe case.
Dr. Davis is a professor of Biochemistry and Genetics at Stanford University School of Medicine, and he is the director of the Stanford Genome Technology Center. Dr. Davis holds a PhD in chemistry from Caltech. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
I am a principal investigator and senior scientist in interdisciplinary research on complex multi symptom illnesses, including Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Gulf War Illness (GWI). This research is funded by grants from the NIH, VA and DOD and has a particular focus on identification of clinically useful biomarkers. Currently, I am the Director of the Diagnostic and Discovery Laboratory at Nova Southeastern University’s Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine and the Schemel Endowed Chair. In this role, I oversee the laboratory based research at the Institute. I am a Research Scientist at the Miami VA Medical Center. I am a member of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee that advises the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. I joined NSU in 2013 from the University of Miami, where I spent the majority of my 40 years of academic employment as Professor and Director of the E.M. Papper Laboratory of Clinical Immunology. I relocated to NSU in 2013. My contributions to the literature includes over 284 peer reviewed papers.
Kristina Teresa Gemayel is a third year medical student at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Kristina is committed to community service, serves as a chair on several clubs, and is a Blue Ribbon Foundation Scholar focused on creating a genetic database for patients affected with ME/CFS.
Kelly Hilton is a third year Medical Student and Research Fellow at Nova Southeastern University. She is currently also one of the recipients of The Blue Ribbon Foundation Fellowships. Prior to medical school she worked at the Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine as a Research Coordinator for the CDC Multi-Site Clinical Assessment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Study and graduated cum laude from the University of Florida.
Rajeev Jaundoo holds a B.Sc. in Psychology and is currently a research programmer at the Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine. His work includes utilizing high performance computing to screen novel biochemical compounds to treat complex chronic illness, creating pipelines for drug discovery, and writing algorithms in various programming languages to automate tasks including molecular simulations and drug-protein interactions.
Dr. Victor F. Kalasinsky holds a B.S. degree in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from the University of South Carolina. He taught physical and analytical chemistry at the University of South Carolina, Furman University, and Mississippi State University, where he was Professor of Chemistry and Coordinator of Graduate Studies, until 1989. Dr. Kalasinsky spent a sabbatical leave at the Laboratory for Chemical Physics at the National Institutes of Health in 1987-1988. In 1989, Dr. Kalasinsky joined the staff at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC, in the Department of Environmental and Infectious Disease Sciences as the Chief of the Division of Environmental Toxicology. In 2011, he moved to the Department of Veterans Affairs as Senior Program Manager for Gulf War Illnesses and Military Environmental Exposures Research in the Office of Research and Development.
Mariana Morris, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized research scholar. Her research has focused on cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chemical toxicology. She began her career at the University of Southwestern School of Medicine where she received a Ph.D in physiology. Dr. Morris is currently professor of medicine and the director of the Gulf War Illness (GWI) Research Program Consortium at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. The GWI program is funded by the Department of Defense with the goal of conducting integrative basic and clinical studies to lead to effective disease treatments.
Dr. Morris previously served as a professor of physiology and pharmacology at Wake Forest University and then continued her professional career as the Chair and professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology and Assistant Vice President for Graduate Studies at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. She was awarded the title of Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research in 2010 due to her research on hypertension and the cardiovascular complications of diabetes. She has over 150 publications and has received continuous grant support from national sources.
In addition to her involvement in research, Dr. Mariana Morris served on numerous National Institutes of Health review panels, has been active in the American Heart Association and the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. She has a long standing interest in international research collaboration, particularly with scientists at InCor Heart Hospital in Sao Paulo,Brazil. She received a Fulbright award for teaching and research and is currently a member of an elite Brazilian program entitled “Scientists without Borders” which promotes faculty, student interchange. Morris has established and served as director of numerous federally funded programs designed to encourage members of under- represented minority groups and students with disabilities.
In 2012, I joined Nova Southeastern University as an Assistant Professor, which allowed me to transition to leading my own research studies, apply for and receive independent NIH funding. I am a member of NSU’s Institute for Neuro Immune Medicine, which includes several NIH and DoD funded investigators.
As one of the founding members of the Institute for Neuro Immune Medicine, Dr. Irma Rey's professional experience in Internal Medicine and Allergy/Immunology is an integral part of the success of the INIM Clinic. After more than 20 years of private practice, Dr. Rey joined the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, with an Appointment in Clinical Immunology. Dr. Rey's experience with treating patients with ME/CFS is what drew her to the opportunity to be a founding member of the INIM. Dr. Rey understands that exceptional patient care is what is needed, and this is what she provides.
Besides providing patient care, Dr. Rey is the Director of the Medical Edu-cation Committee for the INIM, developing Medical Rotations for 1st through 4th year NSU College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) students. Currently, Dr. Rey supervises and mentors Medical Rotations for 1st year NSU-COM students and Allergy/Immunology Fellows in Clinical Immunology from the joint NSU/Larkin Hospital Fellowship program and is also a lecturer in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.