Scientific Advisors

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Simmaron Research is honored to have a Scientific Advisory Board comprised of distinguished experts in the scientific and medical communities.  Each member is an individual contributor possessing an outstanding record of accomplishments for pioneering investigations in their fields.

Meet our Scientific Advisory Board…

Daniel L. Peterson, MD

Daniel Peterson photoDaniel L. Peterson, M.D. is an internist in Incline Village, Nevada and recognized medical expert on CFS/ME.  Dr. Peterson has devoted more than 25 years of his clinical career to diagnosing and caring for patients with CFS/ME and related neuroimmune disorders, as well as collaborating with researchers to better understand the illness. His repository of more than 1,000 patient biological samples and records is a rich resource for research studies.

Dr. Peterson’s experience as both a clinician and a research collaborator provides a unique perspective on CFS/ME for developing translational science.

Konstance Knox, PhD

Konstance Knox photoKonstance Knox, PhD is co-founder of the Wisconsin Viral Research Group.  Dr. Knox and colleague Dr. Donald Carrigan were the first investigators to document HHV-6 brain infection and encephalitis in humans.  They were also the first to document severe bone marrow suppression in humans caused by HHV-6 and the first to establish a laboratory offering a clinically validated Rapid Method for detecting active HHV-6 infection used in the diagnosis of HHV-6 associated illness.

Wisconsin Viral has a long history of collaboration on studying immune system abnormalities in CFS/ME patients.

Mady Hornig, MD, MA

Mady Hornig, MD, MA, is Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Director of Translational Research at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. A physician-scientist, she is widely recognized for her animal model and clinical research on the role of microbial, immune, and toxicologic factors in neuropsychiatric disorders, including autism, schizophrenia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and mood disorders.

In recent years, Dr. Hornig has led groundbreaking work in ME/CFS identifying abnormalities in the immune system, differences in early and long-term disease, and studying biomarkers in blood, spinal fluid and the microbiome.

Maureen Hanson, PhD

Maureen HansonMaureen Hanson, PhD, is Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics at Cornell University. Dr. Hanson has two different research programs, related through their dependence on modern methods for examining genome sequences and gene expression. Her research in plant biology has always focused on the genome-containing organelles of plants, chloroplasts and mitochondria.

Dr. Hanson’s research in CFS/ME currently aims to identify differences in gene expression at baseline and following exercise in healthy and in subjects diagnosed with CFS/ME, as well as characterization of the gut and blood microbiome in healthy vs. ill subjects.