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BU: Professor Receives Soaring Eagle Award

Dr. Kimberly Sullivan, research assistant professor of environmental health at Boston University School of Public Health, has received the 2019 Soaring Eagle Award from the Boston University Center for Military Health.

The center’s Strategic Advisory Board presents the annual award to an individual who has made significant contributions to the health of U.S. veterans and active duty military members through innovation and advances in clinical care, research, education or public advocacy. Dr. Sullivan was selected as this year’s recipient in recognition of her dedication to understanding and improving health outcomes of Gulf War veterans through decades of outstanding research on Gulf War Illness (GWI).

“I am honored to receive this award on behalf of all veterans with Gulf War Illness, and I hope it raises awareness of the toxic wounds that so many of our veterans suffer from,” says Dr. Sullivan.

Dr. Sullivan served as the associate scientific director for the congressionally directed the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses from 2008-2015 and co-chaired the joint VA/DOD (U.S. Department of Defense) Common Data Elements Working Group for GWI in 2018. She currently serves on multiple VA executive advisory committees for GWI research.

“It’s our responsibility to take care of our veterans,” she says. “It’s important to recognize their service, validate their illness, and get them the help they need.”

Working in the field of behavioral neurotoxicology since the mid-1990s, Dr. Sullivan has coordinated multiple studies on chronic health effects, from neurotoxicant exposures from military deployments and their neurobehavioral and neuroimaging outcomes as well as gender-based outcomes in military veterans and risks for development of neurodegenerative diseases.

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