The Global Autoimmune Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We post our audited financial statements and 990-PFs to the site as they become available. Our Board of Directors includes: Sandra Boek Werness, Executive Director, Alfreda Jones, M.D., Treasurer, and Susan Gerber, Secretary.
GAI’s assets are comprised of investments including real estate, and will receive contributions from individuals and corporations. The primary role of GAI as it relates to the donations and investments is to prudently manage the assets and to achieve the Institute’s funding goals for its programming, partnerships, and grants.
Our Mission and What We Do
We focus on the common but often overlooked co-existence of multiple autoimmune diseases and neurological disorders, and on the needs of patients for validation, proper diagnoses, and psychological support. Because of the Executive Director’s life-changing experience of having a child with long undiagnosed celiac disease and coexisting disorders, she joined the Advisory Board of the Celiac Group of the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. in 2012. She contributed her energy and ideas, finding a shared passion and aligned goals.
When Sandy joined GAI in 2013, she and the Board determined that the organization should take a new direction and began formulating its mission and taking the steps necessary to move forward. In 2015, GAI joined in partnership with the Celiac Group on several fronts, which has resulted in the development of innovative educational programs and materials for medical professionals as well as patients and families living with celiac disease and co-existing autoimmune diseases and neurological disorders. A multidisciplinary clinic for Children’s National Medical Center and referred celiac disease patients was established. These and other initiatives place CNMC as a national leader in diagnosis, treatment, and education in celiac disease.
GAI has also embarked on other initiatives, as it continues to expand its horizons to advance important collaboration among and investigations by top experts in emerging and established areas in autoimmune disease. GAI promotes leadership and a global cooperative perspective on the part of these experts. GAI’s overall goal is to help discover the causes, the mechanisms, the variables, the effective treatments in autoimmune disease, and to support and educate the patients and their families who suffer from these chronic and usually incurable diseases.
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