“We’re excited to be in this partnership with the WPI”
Dr. Ken Hunter, University of Nevada Reno
The Whittemore-Peterson-Institute ( WPI) has been through a brutal stretch of bad news lately; first their aggressively defended XMRV discovery didn’t work out, then the firing of their lead researcher, Dr. Mikovits, left them under attack from her supporters, then her alleged theft of research materials embroiled them in legal matters and then Harvey Whittemore was hit with a lawsuit alleging misuse of funds, some involving the WPI (the WPI counter-sued.) One began to wonder if the University of Reno was beginning to regret being associated with such a hot-button Institute.… Read More
(My apologies! (Another CFS moment…) The last blog contained a draft on the first story – not the completed version. Thanks for your patience….)
When it rains it pours. Events regarding XMRV, Dr. Mikovits and the WPI have come hot and heavy during the last week.
WPI’s Civil Lawsuit Against Dr. Mikovits – First some background. Dr. Mikovits was terminated from the WPI in late Sept for refusing to share a cell line with Dr. Lombardi. According to spokesperson from the WPI’s legal team Dr. Mikovits was terminated not because she refused to share her cell line with Dr.… Read More
Dr. Judy Mikovits has had a difficult couple of months. First the BWG study indicated the tests she developed for XMRV were not valid, then evidence of contamination resulted in a partial retraction of the original Science paper, then she was accused of doctoring a photo at a conference and in the original Science paper prompting several investigation, then she was terminated from her job at the WPI, then she was served with a lawsuit claiming that she had stolen data from the WPI and since last week, she’s being in the Ventura County jail waiting arraignment as a fugitive from justice.… Read More
Chase Community Giving is at it again. This time they have expanded their month long Facebook contest to include a round of larger non-profits with have annual operating expenses from 1-5 million dollars. That would includes two ME/CFS organizations in the US; the Whittemore Peterson Institute and the CFIDS Association of America.
The WPI, of course, uncovered XMRV, which has brought much needed exposures to ME/CFS and could be the breakthrough we’ve a;; be waiting for plus they have a dynamic clinic opening up shortly. The CAA demonstrated their effectiveness in supporting high quality research when many of the presenters at the State of the Knowledge conference thanked them for their support.… Read More
A New Center – Much research and discussion now is not centered around XMRV but around a prostate cancer cell line called 22RV1. More than anything else this cell line that is what is causing problems for XMRV.
The 22RV1 cell line was created in 1999 in response to a need to study prostate cancer – a major cause of male mortality. Creating the cell line involved ‘passaging’ prostate cancer cells through nude mice tissues. At some point researchers were able to create a ‘cell-line’, a group of cells they could use to reliably grow prostate cancer cells and study them.… Read More
Annette and Harvey Whittemore pulled off something of a miracle when they convinced the state of Nevada to help them build the first chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) research, treatment and eductation facility in the world.
The medical establishment, after all, has been almost as hostile to ME/CFS patients as the disease itself. The Whittemore-Peterson Neuro-immune Institute is an affront to the medical community’s disregard for this disease – a beachhold of hope that chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) patients can cheer about. But Annette Whittemore has always had a large vision and she wants more – much more.… Read More