FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla.- Nova Southeastern University (NSU) President and CEO George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., recently announced that a NSU research team led by Mariana Morris, Ph.D., and Nancy Klimas, M.D., was selected by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) as one of two DoD Gulf War Illness Research Program Consortium awardees.
The award includes a $4.1 million grant to fund NSU's research project titled "Understanding Gulf War Illness (GWI): An Integrative Modeling Approach." The research will be housed in the Institute for Neuro Immune Medicine, part of NSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine.
"Projects like this help us fulfill our core value to conduct research that not only advances human knowledge, but makes a real difference for mankind," said Hanbury.
The consortium combines leading scientific researchers with expertise in basic and clinical research along with those with expertise in stress response and heart function models, genomics, computational models that isolate therapeutic targets, and guide drug development, formulation and testing.
"This grant allows us to find ways to help hundreds of thousands of men and women who risked everything to serve their country and are now facing adverse health effects," added Gary S. Margules, Sc.D., NSU vice president for research and technology transfer.
"This consortium provides an opportunity to advance our understanding of Gulf War Illness through discovery of biomarkers to more accurately diagnose and treat this syndrome," said Col. Wanda Salzer, M.D., director of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). "Working as an integrated team, the scientists, clinicians, and veterans at these accomplished organizations will be able to establish synergy and collectively develop research strategies which may unlock the pathways leading to the regulatory dysfunction in Gulf War Illness."
Col. Salzer added that the long-term goal of the CDMRP
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