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Project Title:

Review of the Health Effects in Vietnam Veterans of Exposure to Herbicides–Eleventh Biennial Update
PIN: HMD-BSP-16-03        

Major Unit:

Health and Medicine Division

Sub Unit: Board on the Health of Select Populations

RSO: Butler, David

Subject/Focus Area: Health and Medicine

Project Scope
An ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) will conduct a study to “determine (to the extent that available scientific data permit meaningful determinations)” the following regarding associations between specific health outcomes and exposure to TCDD and other chemicals present in herbicides used by the military in Vietnam:

A. whether a statistical association with herbicide exposure exists, taking into account the strength of the scientific evidence and the appropriateness of the statistical and epidemiological methods used to detect the association;

B. the increased risk of disease among those exposed to herbicides during service in the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam era; and

C. whether there exists a plausible biological mechanism or other evidence of a causal relationship between herbicide exposure and the disease. [Public Law 102-4, §3(d)]

It will also assess the current research available on possible generational health effects that may be the result of exposures to these chemicals—including the biologic plausibility or potential for an exposure to lead to an increased risk of birth defects or other adverse conditions in the descendants of male Veterans—and will address myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) as part of its consideration of the literature concerning leukemias and related diseases. The report will offer findings, conclusions, and recommendations as appropriate.

The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Project Duration: 24 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 03/02/2017
 Meeting 2 - 05/16/2017
 Meeting 3 - 09/07/2017
 Meeting 4 - 11/30/2017
 Meeting 5 - 02/19/2018
 Meeting 6 - 04/11/2018


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