Professor Receives $960K Grant to Study Reproductive and Child Health Outcomes of Gulf War Veterans.
Professor Receives $960K Grant to Study Reproductive and Child Health Outcomes of Gulf War Veterans
Patricia Janulewicz will lead the first comprehensive study of the intergenerational effects of Gulf War Illness on veterans who continue to experience symptoms more than 30 years after the war.
About 200,000 US veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War (GW) continue to suffer from Gulf War Illness (GWI), a debilitating disorder characterized by a wide range of symptoms, including chronic pain, fatigue, respiratory and gastrointestinal issues, memory loss, and more. Numerous studies have shed light on these invisible symptoms and linked these persistent health problems to veterans’ exposure to toxic chemicals during the war.
While there have been multiple studies on GWI, there is very limited research on the reproductive health of GW veterans. No studies have evaluated the impact of GWI on veterans’ reproductive health, nor how GWI and GW deployment may have affected the health of GW veterans’ children.
A School of Public Health researcher is seeking to fill these knowledge gaps with a new grant from the United States Department of Defense. Patricia Janulewicz Lloyd, associate professor of environmental health, has received a three-year award totaling $964,228 to examine the reproductive, birth, and family health outcomes of Gulf War veterans.
The available research thus far on these issues indicates that GW veterans may experience higher rates of adverse pregnancy outcomes such as congenital heart defects, and preliminary data suggest that the children of GW veterans may develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at higher rates than children of non-veterans, as well as children of GW veterans without GWI. These findings underscore the need for more thorough research on the reproductive and intergenerational effects of GW service and GWI, Janulewicz says.
“Veterans have been expressing concerns about the potential impacts their GW service and/or resulting GWI may have had on their children for many years now,” says Janulewicz. “This study was designed to address the concerns of our veterans and the research gaps identified by Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses, as well as other research groups focused on the health of GW veterans.”
For the study, Janulewicz and a team of researchers will survey 725 GW veterans to better understand the proportion of GW veterans who have experienced fertility challenges or adverse reproductive and birth outcomes such as miscarriage, stillbirth, or preterm delivery. They will also investigate how many GW veterans have given birth to children with birth defects, and whose children born since the GW have experienced developmental disabilities or other persistent health issues.
Through a blood collection in New England, the researchers will establish the first cohort of children of GW veterans, aiming to document and assess their ongoing and overall health since birth.
Will this apply to children of more recent gulf war veterans who served in 2017 born with multiple defects?
Dear AK Lyons
This particular study has only been funded to enrolled veterans of the 1990-1991 Gulf war, but I also hope to find funding in the future to expand to veterans who served during other time periods.
Patricia Janulewicz Lloyd
I’m interested in participating in this study. Please let me know how to be in contact or apply.
Will this include children of veterans who have birth defects and learning disabilities narcolepsy and autism? DS/DS 90/91
How do you become a person of interest with regards to this study? Fleet Hospital 6 / CBHU 22 – 1990-91 / Female Navy Seabee. Many health issues as a result of being there. ~lktj
How do I participate in study? I was in the 47th Field Hospital/ Bahrain/ GW 1990-91/ Female. Many health issues including infertility as a result of being there.
Our daughter, a Gulf war veteran’s baby, has complicated health history. First, during pregnancy I lost my daughter’s twin, then my daughter had unusually short cord which wrapped around her neck and strangled her during delivery. She was resuscitated and recovered well.
As she grew into her middle school years we noticed she was sensitive to certain noises that resulted in anxiety attacks.
This issue has grown worse and multiple interventions to relieve this with some success. She was prone to joint injuries and ended up had to drop out of gymnastics and cheer d/t repeated ankle injuries.
In teen years she developed POTS syndrome and multiple symptoms related to Ehlos Danos Syndrome
Which is root cause of ankle injuries. She has scoliosis, jaw issues, hyper mobility of joints, to name a few. Anxiety & depression is a constant battle for her.
I was stunned to learn how many children from Guff War veterans have same issues.
I was deployed to the Gulf war not knowing I was pregnant.. my name is SGT. Cindy Smith I was with the 892nd. Transportation Company, Army. I was sent to Dhahran for a month. We were then flown to KKMC Northern Saudi Arabia. I tested positive for pregnancy I was shipped home. My daughter was born 2 months premature and has Cerebral Palsy.. thank God it was mild and only effected her foot and eyes. She has had major surgery on her foot and eye surgeries.. I always wondered if this was caused by Saudi. I have always felt horrible and guilty about her condition.
Gulf War Babies and Parents United Facebook page. Consider the Children of the Gulf War document with 79 testimonies of our children health problems was sent in to the lead researcher. Our problems span not only from 90-91 but across 3 decades. As we know chemical, biological and vaccines used in warfare remain in our bodies, the soil and water in the Middle East battle areas and toxic dumps. We are affected not only from deployment but also from vaccine here in the states and equipment handled by others that did not see warfare. Out stories have been told to GWRAC and we were invited to speak when Secretary Wilkie was present. As we know our children have many of the same conditions as we do but also as the grandchildren of Vietnam Veterans do. Studies need to include a broader timeframe as many 90-91 vets are very I’ll and their children are into their 30’s now. We have young children, teens and young adults who need help now. Please CONSIDER the CHILDREN of the GULF WAR as their parents are now being considered across the entire Gulf War Era over 30 years.
As a desert shield/storm veteran whom still goes untreated for my GWI. I have a 19 year old daughter who does suffer from multiple ailments similar to mine, and has affected, and still affect her daily life. While I have accepted my “Death Sentence” for my service, I would love to see some help for her, and possible treatment so that she can have a better chance than I at a better quality of life.
I am a Gulf War Veteran. Spent time in Nothern Saudi Arabia prior to Air War and during Air War, my unit was one of the first to breach the berm in 1991 and spent most of our time in Southern Iraq and Basra, Iraq. My wife had a miscarriage in late 1991. She was apparently carrying twins as our oldest son was born premature in Jan 1992 and Doctors found not only his embryo sac, but a dried-up embryo sac after delivery. Our son has had cognitive issues his entire life, and now has issues requiring cancelling and medication.
I had three children born since my service in ODS/ODS : three with neutropenia; one ( oldest) a cleft soft pallet. The oldest Neutropenia also lasted the longest.
How do we sign up for the program. My daughter I think has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and I wanted to see about entering the program.
Are you planning to research the potential birth defects of a region similar to GWI. As far as I know I have no interaction with GW other than being in Norfolk VA naval base. I was born in ’94 near Norfolk, VA. I was born with similar symptoms/defects (goldenhar, gastrointestinal defects, etc) of those of GW vets, almost like a dusting of the symptoms in my chromosome but never enough to rule it confirmed. I was never given an explanation of my health problems or diagnosis only that was a miracle child. Closets things I’ve come to is this. Thanks for your time.
since many of us desert storm vets were excluded from the study I hope it isn’t dead ended because its a real thing. So many of us online connecting to find all our kids have similar health issues!!!
I am a female veteran of Operation Desert Storm who was deployed Saudi Arabia. I gave birth to a daughter (born in 1995), a daughter (born in 1991) and a son (born in 2002); two of the three were born a month early. All three have medical issues. I am interested in learning about the study for them.
There are four published studies that have found associations between certain birth defects and the veterans’ service in the first Gulf War.
1997 Teratology – Aranetta – tripling of Goldenhar Syndrome in GWV infants born in military hospitals
• 2001 Ann of Epidemiology – Kang – increased reporting of birth defects significantly associated with military service in the Gulf War
• 2003 Birth Defects Research – Aranetta – higher prevalence of tricuspid valve insufficiency, aortic valve stenosis and renal agenesis in infants conceived postwar by GWV fathers;
hypospadias in boys born to GWV mothers
• 2004 Internat. J. of Epidemiology – Doyle – increased risk of miscarriage, malformations of genital system, urinary system,
digestive system, musculo-skeletal system and non-chromosome anomalies in children of GWV fathers