Gulf War and Health, Volume 11: Generational Health Effects of Serving in the Gulf War

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Diseases, Environmental Health, Military and Veterans Health
Boards: Board on the Health of Select Populations, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

Activity Description

Veterans have been concerned about the long-term consequences of serving in a war zone where they may have been exposed to any number of environmental and anthropogenic toxicants. Concerns extend beyond possible consequences to their own health to the health of their children and even their children's children. In response to these concerns, the Department of Veterans Affairs requested an eleventh volume in the Gulf War and Health series to address these concerns.
This committee will assess the current research available on possible generational health effects that may be the result of exposures experienced by Veterans of the 1990-1991 Gulf War during their deployments. The committee will consider which toxicants, including but not limited to burning oil wells, pesticides, nerve agents, prophylactic agents, depleted uranium, and vaccines, are known to be associated with cellular pathophysiological and reproductive, developmental, and teratogenic effects in parents, offspring, and second generation offspring. The committee will also assess areas requiring further scientific study on the descendants of Veterans with toxic exposures. Finally, the committee will further assess the scope and methodology required to conduct research on such descendants to identify current or possible health effects in the Veterans' descendants.

As of March 2016, the Health and Medicine Division continues the consensus studies and convening activities previously undertaken by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

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