Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses
The Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses was created by Congress in 1998, and first appointed by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi in January 2002.
According to its charter, the guiding principle for the work of the Committee shall be the premise that the fundamental goal of Gulf War-related government research is to improve the health of ill Gulf War Veterans.
The Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses provides advice and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on proposed research studies, plans, and strategies related to understanding and treating the health consequences of military service in the Southwest Asia theater of operations during the 1990 - 1991 Gulf War.
News & Announcements
JOIN US FOR NEXT VETERAN ENGAGEMENT SESSION MAY 19, 2021! Information found here → Flyer
Meeting minutes for Febuary 17, 2021 Veteran Engagement Session can be found here → Febuary 17, 2021
Recording and meeting mins of March 10, 2021 RACGWI Meeting can be found here → March 10, 2021
Upcoming meeting dates 2021
- Sub-committee Veteran Engagement Session (virtual): Wed, May 19, 2021, 3:00pm-6:00pm EST flyer
- Full Committee Meeting (TBD): Wed, August 4, 2021
Current research alerts → Research Alerts
In an April 24, 2020 opinion piece in Canada’s The Globe and Mail, Dr. Lawrence Steinman, a professor of pediatrics, neurology and neurological sciences at Stanford University and chair of VA’s Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses, uses military analogies to explain the workings of the immune system, as it fights COVID-19 and other illnesses. Dr. Steinman’s own research focuses on multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases.