Tag: BU

Dr. Sullivan Chairs GW Symposium at the ASN Conference

Dr. Kimberly Sullivan co-chaired a Gulf War Illness symposium with colleague Dr. Liang Qiang at this year’s American Society for Neurochemistry conference in Kentucky. Speakers included top researchers in the field of GW Illness; Dr. Alvin Terry, Dr. Ashok Shetty, Dr. Peter Baas, and Dr. James Cai. While we don’t have their presentations, below you […]

2023 Research Posters

In February, members of our lab had the opportunity shared our work at the International Neuropsychological Society conference in San Diego, CA. Click each poster to view larger.  

2022 Research Posters

We had the privilege of sharing our work at multiple conferences this year, both virtually and in person. Members of our lab represented us at:             Double click the posters below to view larger.

Preliminary Findings of Reproductive & Developmental Outcomes Among Women Veterans

Reproductive and developmental outcomes are understudied in veterans, especially among veterans of the Gulf War (GW). Results from our preliminary study demonstrate that veterans of the GW experienced reproductive and developmental outcomes at potentially high rates, and exploratory analyses suggest pesticide exposure as associated with higher odds of adverse reproductive outcomes.

Impact of Neurotoxicant Exposures on PTSD Trajectories

Using longitudinally collected data from the Ft. Devens Cohort, this project look at the associations of neurotoxicant exposures and PTSD symptom trajectories. Findings indicate that the compounded impact of both traumatic experiences and neurotoxicant exposure increased the severity and likelihood of PTSD symptoms in the years following deployment. 

Sex-Specific Differences in Plasma Lipid Profiles are Associated with GWI

Prior research indicates that chemical exposures from the Gulf War impact lipid homeostasis, as well as contribute to inflammatory and metabolic dysfunction. Having seen lipid sex-specific differences in animal models, researchers sought to examine human plasma lipids. Distinct differences were found in the lipid profiles of males versus females with GWI. 

Neurotoxicant Exposure in Female Gulf War Veterans

For this study, female veterans were surveyed in order to assess the rates of GWI within this specific population. The six domains of the Kansas case definition for GWI, were used to identify correlations between neurotoxicant exposures and health outcomes. Women veterans reporting exposure to oil well fires, PB pills, pesticide treatments and insect baits […]

Brain-Immune Interactions as Basis for GWI

30 years later, the mechanisms underlying GWI remain unclear. The Gulf War Illness Consortium (GWIC) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research program working to identify the basis of GWI. The Consortium ran this project out of three-sites, Boston, Houston, and Miami, looking to better understand the alterations to brain and immune function in those with GWI. […]