251866 National Academy of Sciences' Management of Air Force Health Study's Research Assets

Monday, October 31, 2011: 2:52 PM

David A. Butler, PhD , Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC
The US Congress has charged the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine (IOM) with several research tasks related to the evaluation of the impact of the herbicides used during the Vietnam War. One of these efforts is the management and dissemination of the medical records, other data, and biospecimens collected in the course of an epidemiologic study of US Air Force personnel who were responsible for conducting aerial herbicide spray missions during the War (the Air Force Health Study, also known as the Ranch Hand study).

Learning Areas:
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe the status of IOMís Ranch Hand research assets management activity Discuss efforts to make the assets available to the scientific community

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have directed and continue to direct National Academy of Sciences studies related to the health effects of exposure to ďAgent OrangeĒ and other herbicides disseminated during the Vietnam War.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.