The important new medical research study described in the article below is funded through the Gulf War Illness (GWI) Congressional Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), which must be specifically funded by Congress each year in order to continue.
Dr. Terry's study, "Organophosphate-Related Alterations in Myelin and Axonal Transport in the Living Mammalian Brain," was funded with FY11 GWI CDMRP funds. At the end of an arduous sifting and winnowing process, the well qualified proposals that made it to the final stage of evaluation totalled nearly $31 million. With just a Congressional appropriation of just $8 million, only six were able to be funded, including Dr. Terry's important study that, if successful, will help identify specific targets for treatment.
This year's appropriations process is already underway, and the Gulf War veteran community is seeking $25 million in GWI CDMRP funding for FY13, a substantial boost from FY12's hard won $10 million. It will take substantial effort from the veterans community and allies in Congress to win this year's uphill struggle.
-Anthony Hardie, 91outcomes.com
This article is from The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle.