Environmental Causes of Autism—Investigate if you dare!

In 2006, Dr. Mikovits became attracted to the plight of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and autism. In only five years, she developed the first neuroimmune institute from a concept to a reality and is primarily responsible for demonstrating the relationship between immune-based inflammation and these diseases. In 2009, the identification of a retroviral association with ME/CFS and autism by her laboratory would forever change her world as the diseases had theirs. In the fall of 2011, a mistake made by the original discoverers of XMRV was used to scapegoat Dr. Mikovits and the patient communities, sending a clear message of the fate of anyone who dared to investigate environmental causes of autism.

Judy A. Mikovits, PhD

Dr. Mikovits earned her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from George Washington University. In her 35-year quest to understand and treat chronic diseases, she has studied natural products chemistry, immunobiology of retroviral-associated inflammatory diseases, eipgenetics, stem cell biology and drug development with the goal to understand complex biological issues in order to yield unbiased integrated, cutting-edge diagnostics and treatments for patients and physicians impacted by some of the most challenging chronic diseases.