Published: Feb 12, 2013 11:09 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Nova Southeastern University's College of Osteopathic Medicine is opening an institute to treat patients with neuro-immune conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome and Gulf War Illness.
    
University officials said the institute will also be the first in the nation to study neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's Disease and multiple sclerosis using the newest genomic techniques.
    
Patients will be given exercises to measure which genes turn on or off. Researchers will also study the causes of relapse and illness persistence. Experts say this research will help scientists develop new medications to treat these illnesses.
    
The institute plans to treat about 1,300 patients when it opens in March. Nova is partnering with the Miami VA Medical Center in the Gulf War Illness research program.

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