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Gulf War Illness

MEG synchronous neural interactions test in Gulf War Veterans

Objectives: To use brain imaging (magnetoencephalography) to better understand brain function in veterans with and without symptoms of Gulf War Illness.


Research plan and methods: Veterans who served in Operation Desert Storm (ODS) will be invited to complete physical and mental health assessments and undergo MEG recording. MEG is a quick, noninvasive brain imaging technique that permits researchers to examine activity on the surface of the brain.


Progress: To date, more than 250 Gulf War veterans have participated in this ongoing study. Although our approach does not yet provide individual results, preliminary results have enabled us to accurately classify more than 90% of veterans based on their brain scans.


If you are interested in this study, please call our Project Coordinator at

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The Brain Sciences Chair

was created by the efforts of a tripartite partnership from private, state and federal sectors including:

American Legion logoThe American Legion Family of Minnesota


U of M logoThe University of Minnesota


VA logoMinneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System

This partnership provided funds for an endowed chair in Brain Sciences, as well as office space and general support for the Brain Sciences Center.

Since it opened in 1991, the Center has grown substantially in physical size and personnel. The staff now includes more than 40 people, who come from a variety of academic backgrounds and institutions around the world. All have trained at the Brain Sciences Center on research methods ranging from neurophysiology to brain imaging. This unique blend of people and the integration of many scientific disciplines creates an environment for excellence in research and education.

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(above) The Brain Sciences Chair in the office of Dr. Apostolos Georgopoulos.


Updated February 25, 2015