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Project Title: Review of Report on Long-Term Health Effects on Human Test Subjects from Army Testing of Biological and Chemical Agents, Drugs, Medications, and Substances

PIN: DELS-BEST-16-03         

Major Unit:
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Health and Medicine Division

Sub Unit:
Board on Environmental Studies & Toxicology
Board on the Health of Select Populations

Martel, Susan

Subject/Focus Area:
Environment and Environmental Studies; Health and Medicine

Committee on Army Test Subjects | Mtg.1
November 30, 2017 - December 1, 2017
Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

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: Tamara Dawson


***To register to attend in person or via Zoom, CUT AND PASTE THIS WEB ADDRESS INTO YOUR BROWSER ( no later than 3:00 PM (EST) Wednesday, November 28, 2017***

First Meeting: November 30, 2017
Keck Center, Room 206
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC


Welcome, Introductions, Process for Open Session
Ivan Rusyn, Chair

Statement of Task and the Army’s Expectations
Coleen Baird, Division Chief, Environmental Medicine, US Army Public Health Center


Veterans Perspectives on the Literature Review and Analysis
Rick Weidman, Executive Director for Policy & Government Affairs, Vietnam Veterans of America

Weight of Evidence Approaches to Characterize Associations and Practical Guidance for Addressing Multiple Chemicals and End Points
Jonathan Samet, Dean, Colorado School of Public Health (via teleconference)


Best Practices in Hazard Identification
Weihsueh Chiu, Professor, Texas A&M University (via teleconference)

Open Microphone for Public Comment
Each speaker has a maximum time limit of 5 minutes. Accompanying written materials are encouraged.

Adjourn Public Session

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
Ivan Rusyn
Erin M. Bell
Gerry R. Boss
James E. Cleaver
James W. LeDuc
Pamela J. Lein
Catherine A. McCarty
Nu-May Ruby Reed
Kenneth R. Still
and Vasilis Vasiliou.

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
1. Standard NRC discussion of policies, procedures, conflict of interest, and bias
2. Committee expertise and balance
3. Interpretation of the statement of task and approach to the study

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:
ATS-1. Weihsueh Chiu, Texas A&M University
November 29, 2017
PowerPoint Presentation
Chiu, W.A. 2017. Best Practices in Hazard Identification: Presentation to National Academies Committee to Review Report on Long-Term Health Effects on Army Test Subjects

ATS-2. Coleen P. Baird, US Army Public Health Center
November 29, 2017
PowerPoint Presentation
Baird, C.P. 2017. Assessment of Potential Long-term Health Effects on Army Human Test Subjects of Relevant Biological and Chemical Agents, Drugs, Medications and Substances: A Critical Review Report

ATS-3. Elizabeth A. Wyatt, Colorado School of Public Health
November 29, 2017
Power Point Presentation
Samet, J. M. 2017. Weight of Evidence and Causal Inference

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: December 11, 2017