The HPA Axis and Metabolic Outcomes in Gulf War Veterans

ID Number 3293-11-056; 11-0911

Contact Information

Melissa Rothstein
Tel: 718-584-9000 x6567
E-mail: melissa.rothstein@va.gov

Markay Hopps
Tel: 718-584-9000 x6587
E-mail: markay.hopps@va.gov

If you are a veteran of the Gulf War or Gulf War era and may have chronic multisymptom illness (i.e., Gulf War syndrome), a condition characterized by symptoms including fatigue, musculoskeletal symptoms, rashes, and problems with memory and attention, you may be eligible to participate in this study. Persons with and without chronic multisymptom illness will be included in this study.

The purpose of this study is to better understand the biological changes in hormones and related compounds in Gulf War veterans, and to understand if Gulf War veterans with chronic multisymptom illness are more likely to have risk factors for certain medical conditions such as diabetes.

Participation in this study will last about one month and will include approximately 5 outpatient visits in the PTSD clinic of the Bronx VA Medical Center and the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) at Mount Sinai Hospital. Eligible participants will go through the following steps:

  • A comprehensive medical and psychological evaluation, including self-report
  • questionnaires, a physical examination and medical history, laboratory testing, and a psychiatric interview
  • An oral glucose tolerance test at Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Two consecutive blood draws and a 24-hour at-home urine collection
  • A session of neurocognitive tests involving memory and attention, approximately 1.5 hours long

Your participation in this study will help to improve our understanding of factors for the development of diabetes and related disorders in Gulf War veterans with and without chronic multisymptom illness.

You will be compensated for your time and travel up to $150. You will not be charged for any procedures that are conducted as part of this study.

Please call Melissa Rothstein at 718-584-9000 x6567 or Markay Hopps at 718-584-9000 x6587 if you are interested in participating or have any questions.