The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced the launch of a Gulf War syndrome study that will take place at the VA Medical Center at 150 S. Huntington Ave, according to a press release.
The Gulf War Veteran’s Illnesses Biorepository (GWVIB) will support research on the causes, progression and treatment of disorders affecting veterans of the war. Biorepositories store human fluid and tissue samples.
The study plans to follow the health of participants over their lifetime. Donated brains and other body tissue of deceased veterans, along with the health information collected over their lifetime, will provide information to use in the research of illnesses affecting veterans.
“Hundreds of thousands of ill veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War depend on cutting-edge biomedical research to better understand and treat these illnesses, and providing crucial tissue and health information to researchers will be a vital resource for this research,” said Dr. Neil Kowal, a lead researcher, according to the press release.
About 697,000 people fought in the first Gulf War with nearly 250,000 returning veterans experiencing chronic, medically unexplained illnesses known as Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses or Gulf War syndrome.
For more information, visit www.research.va.gov/programs/tissue_banking/gwvib or call 855-561-7827.