Jet Fuel Exposure and Neurological Health in Military Personnel
Annual rept. 1 Jul 2005-30 Jun 2006
HENRY M JACKSON FOUNDATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF MILITARY MEDICINE ROCKVILLE MD
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Jet propulsion fuel 8 JP-8 has recently been recognized by the Department of Defense as the single largest chemical exposure for its personnel. The primary aim of this project is to conduct an epidemiological field study to examine the relationship between JP-8 fuel exposure and adverse neurological outcomes in military personnel working in a cold climate environment. The research objectives include the following 1 determination of the individual service members level of exposure to JP-8 components while carrying out hisher job tasks, as measured by urinary and dermal biomarkers of exposure and 2 examination of whether acute or cumulative exposure to JP-8 is significantly associated with hypothesized neurocognitive and neurophysiologic performance outcomes. The project has two phases Tier I is the conduct of on-site exposure assessment to fully characterize JP-8 exposure parameters in the military occupational field setting required for the planned field study Tier II is the conduct of a full-scale neuroepidemiology field study to examine predicted dose-response relationships. The field study is being carried out with military Air Force personnel. Working groups have been convened and, currently, the Tier I phase is being planned.
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Military Forces and Organizations