NEW FEDERALLY FUNDED GRANT to Study and Develop Treatment for Gulf War Illness: Congress has directed the Department of Defense to spend up to $20,000,000 per year to study and develop treatments for Gulf War Illness, the medical condition developed by many veterans of the 1990-1991 Gulf War. Under the auspices of this program, we will begin a trial of vagus nerve stimulation to treat the body-wide pain common among many Gulf Veterans. The device used stimulates the vagus nerve when hand-activated and placed on the skin in the neck over the nerve; so stimulation can be done without the need for surgical placement of the device. To participate, Veterans must have served in the 1990-1991 conflict and have the diagnosis of Gulf War Illness including the complaint of body-wide pain. Gulf Veterans interested in learning more about this study can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-844-6665.
NEW FEDERALLY FUNDED GRANT: Identify Gulf Veterans with Gulf War Illness for Studies of Brain Dysfunction as a Cause of Their Illness.Because of the overlap between Gulf War Illness and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Dr Natelson and his colleagues at the Weil Cornell School of Medicine have extended their studies to better understand GWI. The team will identify Gulf Veterans with GWI as well as healthy Gulf Veterans for similar studies of brain chemistry as in the first study. These studies will consist of brain imaging and the collection of urine and blood samples. If you are a Gulf Veteran or know a Gulf Veteran who might be interested in participating in this research, call 212-844-6665.
CONTINUING FEDERALLY FUNDED GRANT: Recruitment and Clinical Classification Core. Dr. Natelson has been working with researchers at Cornell on a series of studies which suggest that Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) may be caused in part by a change in brain chemicals in favor of those that lead to cell damage; the process that does this is called oxidative stress. Dr. Natelson and his research team at the Pain & Fatigue Study Center will be involved in identifying and classifying CFS patients to participate in the studies to be done at Weill-Cornell's Imaging Center. These studies will consist of brain imaging and the collection of urine and blood samples. Interested subjects will receive an entry medical evaluation at no cost and will receive a modest stipend for the time spent participating in the study. Following providing your consent, your contact information and diagnostic status will be given to the Cornell researchers who will call with further details. If you are not currently a Center patient and are interested in participating in this study, please CLICK HERE to get the standard of care Health Screen Form, complete it, and send it in. Please use dark ink so that it is legible.
If you have questions, call the Pain & Fatigue Study Center research staff at: 212-844-6665.