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War Related and Unexplained Illness

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Program Overview

The mission of the War Related Illness and Injury Study Centers (WRIISC) is to provide service to combat veterans who have difficult-to-diagnose disabling illnesses through clinical care, risk communication, education, and research addressing potential environmental exposures and adverse health outcomes.

The establishment of this VA Advanced Fellowship program will train a cadre of clinicians with the vision, knowledge, and commitment to lead war related illness clinical care, research, and education in the years to come. Each center has a strong academic affiliation with medical and public health centers as well as individual specialization and funded research in the fields of neurology, epidemiology, neuropsychology, basic science and unexplained illness.

  • Located at War Related Illness and Injury Study Centers (WRIISC) in Washington, DC, East Orange, NJ, and Palo Alto, CA
  • Staffed by interdisciplinary MD and PhD clinicians and researchers
  • Applicants with backgrounds in medicine, behavioral psychology, epidemiology, neuropsychology, physiology, neuroscience and other interest areas encouraged to apply
  • Two-year fellowship, with each site generally recruiting 1-3 fellows per year
  • Fellows expected to publish, present at national meetings, access VA and DoD databases, and implement a research project
  • Curriculum includes experimental design, statistics, quality improvement, and epidemiology
  • Opportunities to participate in seminars, grand rounds, clinical care, and research meetings focused upon deployment related disease states
  • Experienced research mentors at each site regularly meet with fellows to aid in professional development

Sites Currently Accepting Fellowship Applications:

East Orange, NJ
Director: Lisa McAndrew, PhD 
Administrative Officer: Richard Monaghan 
Director NJ WRIISC
385 E. Tremont Avenue
East Orange, NJ 07018
Telephone 1-800-248-8005
Fax 973-395-7111


Research Focus: Please contact site for more details.


Palo Alto, CA  
Director: J. Wesson Ashford, MD, PhD 
Administrative Officer: Stacy Moeder, MBA, MHA 
VA Palo Alto Health Care System
War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC)
Mailcode 151W
3801 Miranda Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Telephone 650-493-5000, ext. 64059
Telephone 650-852-3316
Fax 650- 852-3297


Research Focus: Please contact site for more details.


Washington, DC
Acting Director: Matthew J. Reinhard, Psy.D.
Administrative Officer: Antoinette Lomax
War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC)
VA Medical Center
50 Irving Street, NW, (MS 127)
Washington, DC 20422
Telephone 202-745-8000, ext. 7585
Fax 202-518-4666


Research Focus: Difficult to Diagnose Illnesses, PTSD, TBI, CAM (complementary and alternative medicine)