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Examination of Cognitive Fatigue in Gulf War Illness (GWI) Using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)

The overall study objective is to understand the interaction of physical and cognitive fatigue and how this interaction is affected by Gulf War Illness (GWI).

Participation involves exercise testing, autonomic response testing, a blood sample drawing, and 2 MRI scans.

Duration

Participation in the study will take place on 3 separate days. All study visits must be completed within 3 weeks:

  • The first part of session one takes place at the VA in East Orange, NJ (3 hours total). Participants then travel to Kessler Foundation in West Orange, NJ for a baseline MRI scan and complete thinking, movement, and thermal tasks while in the scanner (2-3 hours total)
  • The second visit takes place exclusively at the VA in East Orange, NJ (3 hours total)
  • The first part of session three takes place at the VA in East Orange, NJ (3 hours total). Participants then travel to Kessler Foundation in West Orange, NJ for a follow-up MRI scan and complete thinking, movement, and thermal tasks while in the scanner (2-3 hours total).
Inclusion Criteria
  • Veterans with or without Gulf War Illness.
  • Deployed to the Persian Gulf for Operation Desert Shield or Operation Desert Storm in the 1990-1991 Gulf War.
Compensation

Participants who complete all study visits will receive $300. 

Research Categories
Healthy Volunteers
Actively Recruiting
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