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NSU Institute of Neuro Immune Medicine to Host South Florida Screening of “Unrest”

Sundance Film Festival Award Winner Focuses on Plight of ME/CFS Patients


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FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Institute of Neuro Immune Medicine (INIM) will host the South Florida premiere of “Unrest,” a Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary that focuses on the plight of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) patients. The 90-minute, feature film will be shown at NSU’s Miniaci Auditorium on Saturday, December 2, at 12:30 p.m. with doors opening at noon.

Nancy Klimas, M.D., director of INIM, professor and chairman of the Department of Clinical Immunology at NSU’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, and an internationally-known ME researcher, is a featured expert in the film. Twenty-eight year old Jennifer Brea – now one of Dr. Klimas’ patients — is about to marry the love of her life when she’s struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden. When doctors tell her “it’s all in her head,” she turns her camera on herself and her community as she looks for answers and fights for a cure.

“This is an eye-opening documentary that provides valuable insight for ME patients as well as their loved ones, caregivers and medical professionals,” said Klimas. “Jennifer’s story will help increase awareness of how this commonly misunderstood disease affects patients 24/7.”

At its core, “Unrest” is a love story. Together, Jen and her new husband, Omar, must find a way to build a life and fight for a cure. Their struggle to forge their relationship while dealing with her mysterious illness is at once heartbreaking, inspiring and funny. The movie trailer can be seen here.

NSU Institute for Neuro Immune Medicine strives to advance knowledge and care for people with complex neuro-inflammatory illnesses through the integration of research, clinical care and education. Current research focus at INIM includes Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Gulf War Illness (GWI). Investigators, clinicians and educators are committed to applying scientific advances to promote efficiency, enhance patient care and improve clinical utility. This advancement is done through clinical, laboratory, computational and integrative cardiovascular immunological research – all of which are conducted by INIM’s renowned researchers.

Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, please go to the INIM team’s website. Click here.

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About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Ranked among US News & World Report’s Top 200 National Research Universities and located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. A private, not-for-profit institution, NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa Bay, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. For more than 50 years, NSU has been awarding degrees in a wide range of fields, while fostering groundbreaking research and an impactful commitment to community. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is 1 of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private, not-for-profit institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. Please visit for more information about NSU and for more information on the largest fundraising campaign in NSU history.

November 20, 2017

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