UCSD Research Team Investigates Gulf War Illness
One of the great benefits of being affiliated with UCSD is that we learn about the great research that is being done here at UCSD. Dr. Beatrice Golomb and her team are investigating the effects of the Gulf War on our Veterans. Here is a quick overview of what her team is working on:
Mitochondrial and Nuclear Genetics in Gulf War Illness
This study is assessing whether ill Gulf War veterans, in comparison to healthy controls, have a difference in their genes. The study involves a blood, urine, and saliva sample at our clinic at UC San Diego. The blood sample will be sent to the Gene Dx facility and our colleague, Dr. Kelley at Harvard, to assess whether veterans have a mitochondrial dysfunction. The saliva sample will be sent to 23andMe who will provide us with the participants’ genetic sequence. The participant will receive a free 23andMe genetic profile (ancestry testing included) and $25. In addition to saliva collection, the participant will fill out an online survey, detailing their Gulf War exposures and health status. Gulf War veterans and healthy volunteers are encouraged to participate!
Gulf War Veteran Muscle Biopsy study This study is investigating Gulf War veterans’ muscle cells and possible energy impairment. The Muscle Biopsy study will start recruiting in early 2018. However, veterans may call in now to see if they qualify for the study and be placed on a waitlist. Treatments Tried in veterans with Gulf War Illness This is an online survey for any Gulf War Veteran participant (no restrictions on location or symptoms) which will examine the treatments that Gulf War veterans have tried in order to alleviate their Gulf War symptoms. Our goal is to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatments veterans are trying for Gulf War illness symptom management. There are a total of 8 surveys (participants can start and stop at any time) and for each survey completed, participants would receive $5 Amazon of Starbucks gift card.
If you are interested in learning more or participating is any of these studies, please contact Golomb Research Group.
Golomb Research Group 858-558-4950 x201 or x203