War Related Illness and Injury Study Center
Research and Education
A part of the Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence’s (AHBPCE) mission is to conduct clinical and translational research related to airborne hazards and burn pits, focusing on a range of health concerns including respiratory concerns and unexplained shortness of breath (dyspnea), among other health outcomes. The AHBPCE also disseminates the findings in numerous ways. The Center has published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts sharing our experience, findings and clinical approach to date. In addition, the AHBPCE has contributed to major federal and professional society reports on the topic including a 2019 workshop report sponsored by the American Thoracic Society.
For a full listing of the AHBPCE’s research pertaining to airborne hazards and burn pits, please click here.
Recent research highlights:
- Recent studies have shown that traditional lung function screening (spirometry) is sub-optimal in deployed Veterans with airborne hazards exposure and respiratory symptoms. See Butzko et al. 2019 Respir Physiol Neurobiol and Falvo et al. 2018 Clin Resp J
- Another study shows that in addition to airborne hazards and burn pit exposure, non-inhalational exposures during deployment – such as exposure to a blast – contribute to respiratory symptoms. See Jani et al. 2018 Annals Int Med
The AHBPCE also provides webinars for VA and community providers on airborne hazards and burn pit exposure concerns and has on demand web based accredited training available for VA providers and community providers. The AHBPCE has planned and presented at symposiums and given a number of other presentations at scientific meetings.
Collaborating with Veterans and Veteran Service Organizations is also an important part of the Center’s work.