Semantics of the IOM charter - 4 simultaneous Gulf War reviews
- Semantics of the IOM charter -4 simultaneous Gulf War reviewsIve had some difficulty understanding what has taken placearound this one committee, as I find suddenly we have4 independent Gulf War IOM committees to include onespecifically on Gulf War Stress.After talking ad nauseam with Caroline Fulco at IOM, I managedseveral more internal details. One ticklish point, the Gulf Warliterature review meetings are not public from here out - unlesswe ask to address the committee at that time. Note, the schedulefor the meetings are:
February 17-18 DC
April 20-21 DC (Open 4/20)
June 7-8 Irvine
August 9-10 Woods Hole
October 25-26 DC
But, they do not have agendas schedules yet. So we wont be
able to comment until agendas are posted. Meaning this could
be last minute if people arent awake on this.
Here is another problem, this is the "statement of charges" to
the IOM that they must follow. If they deviate from this, when
the independent review takes place, it can be rejected which
will leave this in limbo.
An IOM committee will review, evaluate, and summarize peer-reviewed scientific and medical literature addressing the health status of Gulf War veterans. In particular, this review will help inform the Department of Veterans Affairs of illnesses among Gulf War veterans that might not be fully appreciated.
The committee will summarize what this literature collectively tells us about the prevalence of veterans' symptoms and illnesses. If the evidence allows, the committee will comment on associations of the symptoms or illnesses with deployment in the Persian Gulf in general or with specific exposures during such deployment. The committee might recommend approaches that will contribute to improved health of Gulf War veterans, as well as for those involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
"If the evidence allows", this means finding Peer Reviewed
reports in which the researcher has commented on stumbling
blocks impeeding research. If the veterans couldnt be found,
then this is where we can interject the VA / DOD structures
that lead to that possible failure. Interpretation here isnt liberal,
this will be tricky at best. That opens the door for the committee
to in return comment on this fact. But, blocks can be removed -
if we watch for them. Which allows for public sessions.
Here we go again, this meeting was on 03/29/2005.
Gulf War and Health: Infectious Diseases
In early 2005, an IOM committee will begin to review, evaluate, and summarize the peer-reviewed scientific and medical literature on long-term adverse human health effects associated with selected infectious diseases of concern to 1991 Gulf War veterans.
The infectious diseases can include, but are not limited to, diseases caused by pathogenic Escherichia coli, shigellosis, leishmaniasis, and sandfly fever.
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
1:00 PM Charge to the committee, Q & A period
Mark Brown, DVA
1:45 Public Comment Period
2:00 End of open session---------------------------------------------------There next meetings are:
May 26-27 DC (Open 5/26)
August 23-24 DC
November 9-10 DC or Irvine
No one attended this either, public session. But, wait -
there is more. A Gulf War Stress report.
Gulf War and Health: Physiologic, Psychologic, and Psychosocial Effects of Deployment-Related Stress
Gulf War and Health: Physiologic, Psychological, and Psychosocial effe
May 9, 2005 - May 10, 2005
National Academy of Sciences Building
2100 C St. NW
If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open to the public or need more information please contact:
Contact Name: Damika Webb
Phone: 202 334 2782
Fax: 202 334 2939
5/9/05 Open Session 1-2 PM Dr. Mark Brown, Department of Veterans Affairs, will present the charge to the committee.
Next meetings are:
May 9-10 DC
July 11-12 DC (Open 7/11)
September 26-27 Woods Hole or DC
November 21-22 DC
Gulf War and Health: ALS
Contract and schedule Pending
So all this is going on, and no one knows this. Well,
that has changed as of today. When I cornered IOM
last week on the schedule, who knew this went even
this much further. Where are the Service groups, why
did I have to surprise Damika and Caroline on the
schedules. Why the sudden change, and volunteering
so much now.
Ive even been invited now to conference call next week
on a VA workshop, so this should be interesting.
OK people, Ive opened pandora's box here - this effects
us for the next year in a major way. We back away, DOD
and VA hammer us with the literature as they push STRESS.
If we stand up and ask the Secretary of VA to use his
authority to slightly expand the IOM charter under 105-368 -
change is on the horizon.
What will all of you do.
Kirt P. love