About the Institute
The Walter and Jean Boek Global Autoimmune Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
We are working to piece together the puzzle. The solution relies on:
Establishing the underlying cause(s) of autoimmune diseases
Increasing rate while reducing time of diagnosis
Understanding patients and their symptoms
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
NOTICE: This website is temporary. A brand-new site is in the works, expected to launch in April 2019. Stay tuned!