According to a Federal Register notice, a special panel of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is set to meet on November 4, 2014 to consider whether to continue funding for the Gulf War Biorepository.
The project has been fraught with challenges. Initially, the project was announced at a public meeting of the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illness (RACGWVI, or RAC) as a biorepository for Gulf War samples, but upon implementation was an ALS brain bank. Eventually, this new project was announced, focused on Gulf War veterans, but only as a pilot project.
A portion of the November 4th meeting is open to the public, though VA will not allow any oral public comment.
For more information on this biorepository, see: http://www.research.va.gov/programs/tissue_banking/gwvib/
Special thanks to Gulf War veteran and longstanding advocate Kirt Love for locating and sharing this Federal Register notice, which is posted in its entirety below.
SOURCE: Federal Register, Sep. 29, 2014
[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 188 ()] [Notices] [Pages 58431-58432] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2014-23160]
SOURCE: Federal Register