PANDORA founder Marly Silverman and her husband Stephen have donated $5,000 to launch an endowment that will one day fund construction of a NeuroEndocrineImmune Research & Treatment Center (NEI Center™) within Miami’s Florida International University.
The envisioned center, a long-time PANDORA project, will be housed within FIU’s Department of Molecular Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, and represents “a milestone in the history and progress in the treatment of NEI diseases," says Dr. Kenneth J. Friedman, PANDORA's Vice-President and Public Policy Chair.
"It is a testimonial to the power of the patient community in obtaining the medical and supportive care that patients need,” Dr. Friedman says. “We look forward to providing similar satellite centers in other locations in the U.S." In 2010, the New Jersey legislature passed a resolution in support of an NEI Center™ in that state.
The intent is to create regional centers that will provide the best in clinical care, cutting-edge research and assistance with accessing social services for multi-system diseases – including ME/CFS, fibromyalgia, chemical sensitivities / environmental illness, chronic Lyme disease and Gulf War illnesses.
For details on the project's goals, participants, and next steps - click HERE.