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Gulf War Syndrome clinical trials at UCSD
3 in progress, 1 open to new patients

  • Alleviating Headache and Pain in GWI With Neuronavigation Guided rTMS

    open to eligible people ages 18-65

    This study aims to assess the effect of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) on Gulf War illness related headaches and pain.

    San Diego, California and other locations

  • Mitochondrial Cocktail for Gulf War Illness

    Sorry, not yet accepting patients

    The purpose of this study is to develop preliminary evidence, such as effect size and variance estimates, to guide successful conduct of a properly-powered clinical trial to assess the benefit of a mitochondrial cocktail plus individualized correction of citric acid cycle (CAC) intermediates and amino acid (AA) abnormalities as part of a mitochondrial/oxidative stress treatment approach in Gulf War Illness (GWI).

  • Q10 for Gulf War Veterans

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    Goal: The investigators propose to test whether giving the supplement coenzyme Q10 (Q10) improves symptoms and subjective health in Gulf War veterans (GWV) with chronic, multi-symptom health problems. Rationale: Direct empirical evidence, in groups that are not GWV, has supported benefit of Q10 to many of the symptoms that GWV are at heightened risk of experiencing - such as fatigue, muscle pain, and cognition, which are syndrome-defining conditions. In addition, Q10 has also been reported to benefit other symptoms arising at increased rates in GWV, including headaches, sleep disturbances, and breathing problems. This provides a strong rationale for testing whether Q10 will have similar benefit to these symptoms in GWV. Method: 46 GWV with chronic health problems will participate.The design is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study. Each subject will be "crossed over" between Q10 and an identical placebo, receiving each agent twice, for 3.5 month periods. In one of the Q10 phases, a lower dose of Q10 will be used - 100mg three times a day; while in one a higher dose will be used - 300mg three times a day. Neither subjects nor investigators will know which substance each subject is receiving in which phase. Subjects will be randomly assigned to one of four crossover orders. Assessments: Assessments will include subjective quality of life; symptoms that are "syndrome defining" for Gulf War illness (like fatigue and muscle problems); and other symptoms and conditions reported to occur more commonly in GWV (like sleep problems). Analyses will show whether Q10 led to improvements when compared to placebo; whether higher Q10 doses improved outcomes more than lower doses; and whether people with certain symptoms or characteristics get more benefit than people with other symptoms or characteristics.

    La Jolla, California