Inflammatory processes keep us alive. But when they becomes chronic or run out of control, they can lead to debilitating and life-threatening conditions anywhere in the body involving multiple systems and myriad clinical presentations that can change in type and severity over time.

Areas of Current Focus

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) may be at the root of widespread chronic, debilitating illness. It is an ‘emerging’ illness – not that it is new, but rather in that it has only recently been named and become the subject of attempts to define diagnostic criteria, and the medical community is only just beginning to be aware of its existence.


Any chronic infection can lead to persistent inflammatory responses that can cause symptoms that range in severity and come and go over time. They include fatigue, rash, fever, bone and joint pain, muscle aches, abdominal pain, and memory loss. Our current focus is on infection with the Bartonella bacteria

Brain Injury

Our brains make us who we are -- our intellect and our nature as individuals. Yet the brain’s delicate neurons, vessels and precise metabolic processes are vulnerable to mechanical and chemical injury, and the effects of inflammatory disease and metabolic disorders occurring anywhere in the body.

FSID is a non-profit foundation dedicated to fostering research and greater understanding of inflammatory processes in the human body, and to enhancing the diagnosis and treatment of their manifestations in illness and disease.

Our goals are to: facilitate collaboration among researchers, clinical practices, and testing laboratories; apply advanced information technologies to accumulate and analyze longitudinal clinical data; disseminate insights into the diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory diseases; accelerate application of clinical and research findings into patient care; and serve as a resource for clinicians, researchers and the interested public. 

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