Nancy Klimas, M.D., is internationally recognized for her research and clinical efforts in multi-symptom disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis, Gulf War illness, Parkinson’s disease, and fibromyalgia. She also has recruited some of the brightest minds in research to Broward County, ranging from immunologists and microbiologists to neurosurgeons and physicists, who collaborate in an effort to find better treatments and cures for diseases that often do not receive the attention they deserve. Under her leadership, NSU’s Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine was established and has grown to more than 50 employees and more than $10 million in external federal funding (sponsored research, training, and service programs). Dr. Klimas’ team has secured an additional $8 million in funding for the institute’s work at the Miami VA.
For these reasons and more, Klimas was named the World Class Faculty Award recipient by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.
“It is an honor to highlight Dr. Klimas as the Alliance’s 2016 World Class Faculty award recipient,” said Bob Swindell, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. “She embodies NSU’s dedication to the advancement of life science research, which is of key importance to our community’s economic vitality.”
The World Class Faculty Award is presented annually as part of the Alliance's “Educational Excellence Builds Business” campaign. The campaign showcases the high quality of Greater Fort Lauderdale's education system and the outstanding quality of the local workforce including the "world class" faculty who are nationally or internationally known in their fields.
“Dr. Klimas is a rock star in research and medicine,” said George Hanbury, Ph.D., NSU president. “As a major asset to the Broward County and South Florida community, there is no one more deserving of this honor.”
The Institute Klimas leads will soon be located in the recently constructed NSU’s Center for Collaborative Research, one of the largest and most advanced research facilities in Florida, with state-of-the-art laboratories that are expected to be the focal point of research and technology transfer in Broward County.
“Dr. Klimas is an integral leader and one of our most outstanding researchers and clinicians,” said Elaine M. Wallace, D.O., M.S., M.S., M.S., dean, NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. “She is an excellent mentor to developing faculty researchers and students. She adds wisdom and a sense of humor to our collegium of chairs that is uniquely Nancy.”
Klimas serves as professor and chair of the Department of Clinical Immunology in NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a diplomate in diagnostic laboratory immunology, and a past president of the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. She is also a member of the VA Research Advisory Committee for GWI, the National Institutes of Health’s P2P CFS committee, and was among a select group of experts who served on the Institute of Medicine’s ME/CFS review panel that redefined the illness on a federal level.
Klimas has advised three U.S. Secretaries of Health and Human Services during her repeated service on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services CFS Advisory Committee. She is currently funded by the VA, Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health to study these complex disorders using a systems biology approach with a strong focus on illness models that lead to therapeutic targets and clinical trials.
Among many other honors, Klimas was the recipient of the 2014 Perpich Award by the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis for distinguished community service. This award is presented to a distinguished scientist, physician, or health care worker every two years at the IACFS/ME conferences and is the highest honor in the field.
Klimas also received NSU’s 5th Annual Provost’s Research and Scholarship Award in October 2015. The purpose of the award is to recognize a faculty member who has demonstrated significant achievement in support of NSU’s mission to foster scholarship, intellectual inquiry, and academic excellence.