Capitol Hill Forum on Gulf War Illness

Veterans for Common Sense, in collaboration with other veterans and military service organizations, hosted leading Gulf War Illness researchers and clinicians for a Capitol Hill Forum on Gulf War Illness.

This livestream event was held:

Monday, August 23rd, 2021
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

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Forum PowerPoint slides: [PPT – Capitol Hill Forum on GWI]

GWIRP-Funded Gulf War Illness Clinical Trial & Research Study Opportunities from the Presenters:

The Golomb Research Group would love to hear from Gulf War Veterans who may wish to be informed of research study opportunities as they become available. Veterans can contact them by phone, (858) 558-4950 ext. 203, or by email (subject line: Interested in Gulf War Research, email address:


1. Opening Remarks and thank you to co-hosts and distinguished speakers: Anthony Hardie, National Chair & Director, Veterans for Common Sense

2.  Concise presentations on the state of Gulf War Illness scientific understanding by distinguished Gulf War Illness researchers and clinicians (~5 minutes each).  Presenters include:

  • Lea Steele, PhD, Professor, Beth K. and Stuart C. Yudofsky Chair in Behavioral Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine; former Scientific Director, Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses (RAC-GWVI), Department of Veterans Affairs; Author of the Kansas Case Definition of Gulf War Illness
  • James O’Callaghan, PhD, Lab Chief, Molecular Neurotoxicology Laboratory, Health Effects Laboratory Division, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-NIOSH
  • Kimberly Sullivan, PhD, Research Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health; Director, Boston Biorepository, Recruitment, and Integrative Network (BBRAIN) for GWI; former Associate Scientific Director, RAC-GWVI
  • Peter W. Baas, PhD, Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy & Director, Graduate Program in Neuroscience, Drexel University College of Medicine; Senior Editor, Cytoskeleton
  • Nancy Klimas, MD, Director, Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine, Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University; Professor and Chair, Department of Clinical Immunology; Assistant Dean for Research; Professor Emeritus, University of Miami School of Medicine; Director, Environmental Medicine Research and Clinical Program, Miami VA Medical Center; Director, Gulf War Illness Clinical Trials & Interventions Consortium (GWICTIC)
  • Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine; Director, Golomb Research Group; former Scientific Director and Chief Scientist, RAC-GWVI; Author of RAND/DoD’s A Review of the Scientific Literature As It Pertains to Gulf War Illnesses Volume 2: Pyridostigmine Bromide and co-author of Vol. 8, Pesticides and Vol. 1, Infectious Diseases.  Her work has led to changes in U.S. military policy. She also is the author of the now-accepted lead theory of the so-called “Havana Syndrome”; a report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which she briefed, concurred with her conclusion.
  • Fiona Crawford, PhD, President & CEO, The Roskamp Institute; Research Career Scientist, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital; COO, Archer Pharmaceuticals

3.  Brief Concluding Comments

4.  Q&A opportunity with the researchers/clinicians

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