This week’s meetings of the VA Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses (RAC-GWVI) highlighted significant progress in treatment- and diagnostic-focused research through a large panel discussion with more than dozen active VA and non-VA researchers.
“You do science. But you’re bringing hope,” I said to the researchers on the panel.
Their research ranges from potential treatments to “diagnostic markers” for ill Gulf War veterans.
One of the researchers presented advances with a national brain bank to allow for future study of donated brains and spinal cords of Gulf War veterans who die.
At the same time, the meetings shone a spotlight serious lingering problems related to a lack of a research strategic plan and failure to implement much of the recommendations VA’s internal task on Gulf War veterans.