About the Institute
The Walter and Jean Boek Global Autoimmune Institute is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization.
Our mission in autoimmune disease and neurological disorders is to:
Our starting point is Celiac Disease. We have the honor of working with and contributing to the support of the dynamic and cutting edge Celiac Disease Program at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C.
Working in partnership with the Celiac Disease Program at Children's National Health System, our Institute is developing innovative educational tools for patients and families living with celiac disease, as well as the medical professionals who treat them. We are funding in-depth research on the link between celiac disease and neurological autoimmune diseases and hope to answer critical questions about the gut-brain connection.
Board of directors
Sandra Boek Werness, President and CEO
Marlene Bekey, Member
Alfreda Jones, M.D., Treasurer
Susan Gerber, Secretary