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Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses

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VA Gulf War Research

VA research is different from research sponsored by other federal research agencies because it is the only research program focused entirely on Veterans' needs.  VA Research is intramural, meaning that only VA employees can conduct research under VA's sponsorship although VA researchers typically collaborate with affiliated academic institutions.  In addition to research scientists, physicians who provide direct patient care to Veterans are also involved in VA research.  This is an exceptional benefit because it allows VA researchers to identify the direct needs of patients, and to design projects that address Veterans’ health care needs.

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DOD Gulf War Research

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)
The Gulf War Illness Research Program (GWIRP) was initiated in 2006 to provide support for research of exceptional scientific merit to study the health effects of deployment on U.S. Warfighters during the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War. The GWIRP challenges the scientific community to design high-impact research that will improve the health and lives of Veterans who have Gulf War illness (GWI).

To learn more, visit the CDMRP GWIRP website:

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The National Academies also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding in matters of science, engineering, and medicine. Within the National Academies, the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) was established in 1970 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences to advise the nation on medical and health issues. 

National Academy of Medicine Gulf War Reports