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Briefing Date:12/03/2008
Topic:Gulf War and Health: Volume 7: Long-Term Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
Committee on Gulf War and Health: Brain Injury in Veterans and Long Term Health Outcomes

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Congressional Briefings
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
412 Russell Senate Office Bldg. – 2:00 p.m.
and
334 Cannon House Office Bldg. – 3:00 p.m.

on

Gulf War and Health: Volume 7:
Long-Term Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury

by

George W. Rutherford, M.D., Salvatore Pablo Lucia Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Director, Prevention and Public Health Group, Global Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; and Chair, Committee on Gulf War and Health: Brain Injury in Veterans and Long Term Health Outcomes, Institute of Medicine

Ibolja Cernak, Ph.D., M.D., Medical Director, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore and Member, Committee on Gulf War and Health: Brain Injury in Veterans and Long Term Health Outcomes, Institute of Medicine

and

Samuel J. Potolicchio, M.D., Professor, Department of Neurology, George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, D.C. and Member, Committee on Gulf War and Health: Brain Injury in Veterans and Long Term Health Outcomes, Institute of Medicine

Continuing a series of reports, originally requested by Congress in P.L. 105-277 and P.L. 105-368, this new study examines evidence about brain injury in military personnel and the potential for long-term health effects. The report looks at the complications that present with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the possibility that individuals with TBI might develop Parkinson's disease and other motor problems, Alzheimer's disease, posttraumatic dementia, and other health outcomes.

These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on December 4, 2008 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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