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The Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine at Nova Southeastern University hosted the 2020 Sustained Homeostatic Imbalance due to Environmental-exposure Linked to Deployment (SHIELD) Conference on Friday, February 28, 2020. Gulf War Veterans had the opportunity to:
For those who could not attend, the event was livestreamed and the videos can be viewed here. The slides from each presentation can be viewed here:
The webcast recordings can be found here.
Nancy Klimas, M.D., is Director of the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine's Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine and Professor and Chair of the Department of Clinical Immunology at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is also Director of Clinical Immunology Research at the Miami VAMC and directs the Gulf War Illness and ME/CFS clinical and research program at the Miami VA. She is Professor Emerita, University of Miami School of Medicine. She has achieved international recognition for her research and clinical efforts in multi-symptom disorders, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), Gulf War illness (GWI) and fibromyalgia. She is a member of the VA Research Advisory Committee for GWI. She is currently funded by the VA, DoD and NIH to study these complex disorders using a systems biology approach with a strong focus on illness models that lead to therapeutic targets and clinical trials.
Kimberly Sullivan, Ph.D. is a behavioral neuroscientist trained in behavioral neurotoxicology. She is currently a Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at Boston University School of Public Health. She is the former Associate Scientific Director for the VA Research Advisory Committee (RAC) on Gulf War Veteran's Illnesses. Dr. Sullivan has been consistently funded to study the pathophysiology of toxicant-induced chronic disorders including Gulf War Illness (GWI). She is also the site PI on multiple treatment trials in Veterans with GWI. She has also participated in the NIH common data elements working groups for ME/CFS research recommendations. Dr. Sullivan has worked in the field of behavioral neurotoxicology since the mid-1990s and has directed field studies in neurotoxicology (i.e., pesticides, methylmercury), neurobehavioral outcomes and the effects of physical stressors and genetic predisposition to chronic medical conditions and multi-symptom disorders.
Jimmy Arocho has served on Nova Southeastern University Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine's Gulf War Illness Consortium's executive committee for the past three years, and is an enthusiastic asset to our research program. He speaks nationally on the research program, assists in recruitment, and advocates within the regional VA, as well as, national Veterans’ organizations promoting the research program. As a retired master sergeant, he is a highly effective communicator, and has been an integral member of research leadership for the last three years.
David Patterson is an 18-year US Air Force veteran, deploying to many different areas in the world as a Flight, Emergency, and ICU nurse. Since retiring from the Military, David has devoted many years in the Specialty Pharmacy market, dedicating his time to improving healthcare outcomes for both military and civilian patients with complex diseases, thus improving quality of life. David currently works as the Clinic Manager for the Neurology Clinic and Clinical Trials Division of the Roskamp Institute, a non-profit biomedical research facility specializing neurological research including Alzheimer's Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Gulf War illness.
Please contact GWICTIC@nova.edu for more information.