Scientific Advisory Board for Morgellons

  • Robert Allan, PhD - Parasitology
  • Jenny Haverty - Microbiologist
  • Marianne Middelveen, MSc, Mdes - Veterinary Microbiologist
  • Elizabeth Rasmussen, Ph.D. - Clinical Psychology

Dr. Robert Allan , PhD

Calgary, Alberta


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Dr. Robert Allan graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a specialty in Parasitology. His post-graduate studies at the University of Glasgow took him into research on the human immune system. He then moved to South America where he was the Director of Research in a new center, CAICET, studying tropical diseases in the Amazon territory of southern Venezuela where he continued his interest in the immune response to parasites. Dr. Allan worked for several years with a Venezuelan oil company, Maraven, developing and establishing health programs in isolated rural communities.

Dr. Allan is retired but keeps in touch with active science helping his microbiologist wife, Marianne Middelveen, with her research into Morgellons. He lives in Calgary, Alberta with his wife and their 2 dogs.

Jenny Haverty

Licensed Clinical Microbiologist

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  • Graduated 1976, San Francisco State University, Medical Microbiology
  • Licensed Clinical Microbiologist, State of California, 1977, retired 2005.

Jenny Haverty’s daughter developed symptoms of an unusual skin disorder with fibers in 2004. In March of that year, a local SF Bay Area news channel aired a news story following the case studies of a small cluster of people who had symptoms of fibers in skin lesions. She met Cindy Casey, RN, who had the disorder, and two other sufferers. Together they began a small study attempting to analyze these unusual fibers. Unable to determine their composition, these samples along with a detailed report were submitted to Randy Wymore at Oklahoma State University for further analysis. Her daughter's disorder continues as we hope for a breakthrough in understanding this disease. Jenny Haverty serves as a volunteer on The CEHF Scientific Advisory Panel.

Marianne J. Middelveen, MDes,

Alberta, Canada

Veterinary Microbiologist

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Marianne Middelveen is a microbiologist and a medical mycologist in Calgary, Alberta, Canada currently working in the field of Veterinary Microbiology and specializing in bovine mastitis. She received post-graduate degrees in Microbial and Biochemical Science and in Environmental Science from Georgia State University and University of Calgary, respectively. She has been involved in research projects at the Centro Amazonico para Investigacion y Control de Enfermedades Tropicales, Puerto Ayacucho, Territorio Federal Amazonas (Edo. Amazonas), Venezuela; Instituto de Medicina Tropical, Universidad Central de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela; Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia; Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Gerogia; University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Calgary, Alberta. She became interested in Lyme disease after discovering she had the disease in 2011. As a volunteer, she has been involved in research related to Lyme disease on behalf of the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation.

Ms. Middelveen’s interest in Morgellons began when she came across the website of Ginger Savely, DNP. Ground-breaking articles on Morgellons co-authored by Middelveen and Raphael Stricker, MD were published in Nov., 2011 and May, 2012. Research is continuing from this team and will be submitted to peer- reviewed medical journals for publication when completed.

Elizabeth Rasmussen, PhD.

Laramie, WY

Clinical Psychology

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Dr. Rasmussen recieved her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wyoming (UW). She has post graduate education in microbiology and immunology, also from UW. She is a member of the Wyoming Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, and past co-chair of the Laramie Advisory Commission on Disabilities and was appointed to the Wyoming Vocational Rehabilitation Advisory Council by two governors. She has presented to the College of Health Sciences at UW, at the Wyoming State Health Conferences, at various health fairs, at the Wyoming Psychological Association Conferences, the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND), at the Black Hills VAMC Grand Rounds, and the Sheridan VAMC.

Dr. Rasmussen serves on the Scientific Advisory Panel of the CEHF. Dr. Rasmussen has a son who has been ill with Morgellons since 1995. She has done extensive research of the medical literature in effort to gain an understanding of why health care has failed to help those who are ill with Morgellons Disease. Her PPT presentation “Debunking DOP” can be found on the CEHF web site.

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