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The Minneapolis VA Health Care System hosts one of the largest and most active research programs in the VA health care system. There are currently over 150 investigators conducting more than 500 research projects, with funding from the NIH, VA, foundations--including the Minnesota Veterans Medical Research and Education Foundation, and industry. The research program is affiliated with the University of Minnesota.
Major Research Centers at the Minneapolis VA include:
- Brain Sciences Center
- Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research (CCDOR)
- Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
- Rehabilitation Engineering Research Program
In the News
In a paper posted online on the scientific website PLOS/One, a group of Minneapolis VA Health Care System researchers, led by Ron Bach, PhD, provide evidence of alterations in blood biomarkers that are associated with GWI clinical symptoms.
The study analyzed blood samples of 85 Gulf War Veterans at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center between 2010-2013. Fifty-seven Veterans had GWI symptoms for at least six months. Symptoms included fatigue, muscle pain, and mood-cognition. Another 28 Veterans had only one or no symptoms.
“The fact that so many significant blood biomarker differences were detected in a relatively small study supports the conclusion that we are seeing a strong signal of a well-defined chronic inflammatory disease,” said Ron Bach, PhD, the study’s Principal Investigator. “Therefore, we conclude that chronic inflammation is a major underlying cause of GWI.”
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