What government agencies or official panels have investigated Gulf War sickness, what have they found and, if their findings are not yet conclusive, why not?

Several prestigious government and non-government scientific panels have reviewed Gulf War illnesses and possible factors that may have led to the occurrence of a variety of illnesses, but have concluded that the illnesses are likely the result of many different causes with overlapping symptoms. These panels include three Institute of Medicine committees, the Defense Science Board, a National Institutes of Health workshop, the VA Persian Gulf Expert Scientific Committee, and the Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses.

 

A number of recommendations from the panels have proved extremely helpful in planning research to more fully understand both the nature and causes of these illnesses. None of the findings to date fully explains the cause or causes of Persian Gulf illnesses.