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Agenda, Videos, and Slides | PACT Act Research Symposium

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First Annual PACT Act Research Symposium for Veteran Health

Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MDT

Below is the agenda from the symposium, which is also available to view and download [PDF]. Next to each presentation title, the slides are linked to download [PDF]. Video recordings of each session are embedded within the schedule below, and you can also view the entire 6 video playlist.

Welcome and Introduction (8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.)

Master of Ceremonies (Emcee), Andrew Hoisington, PhD, PE

8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

Michael T. Kilmer, Director, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS), Department of Veterans Affairs

Welcome (recorded)

Shilpa A. Rungta, MD, MBA, Chief of Staff, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS), Department of Veterans Affairs


8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Joseph Francis, MD, Director, Analytics and Performance Integration, Department of Veterans Affairs

PACT Act Impact…What Does the Future Hold? (virtual)

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

AnnaBelle Bryan, MS, Director, Suicide and Trauma Reduction Initiative for Veterans (STRIVE), Clinical Research Manager, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Wexner Medical Center, The Ohio State University

Integrity, Service, Excellence; A Veteran's Perspective | Download slides

Session 1: Respiratory Health (9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Session Chair, Silpa Krefft, MD, MPH

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Cecile S. Rose, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Director, Center for Deployment Lung Disease, National Jewish Health

Keynote Address: LOOKING BACK, GOING FORWARD: Perspectives on Research in Deployment Related Respiratory Diseases | Download slides

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Gregory P. Downey, MD, Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs, Professor, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine, National Jewish Health

Respiratory Consequences of Exposure to Airborne Particulate Matter | Download slides

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Moumita Ghosh, PhD, Associate Professor, Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado

Silpa Krefft, MD, MPH, Staff Physician, Assistant Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Site Director, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) Post-Deployment Cardiopulmonary Evaluation Network Center, Department of Veterans Affairs

Current Clinical Research Studies in Post-Deployment Respiratory Health at the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System | Download slides

--- Morning Break (10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.) ---

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Erin K. Dursa, PhD, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist, Office of Patient Care Services Health Outcomes Military Exposures (HOME), Department of Veterans Affairs

Toxic Exposure and Health Outcomes in the 1990-1991 Gulf War Population: The HOME Gulf War Era Cohort Study (virtual) | Download slides

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Terra Vincent-Hall, PhD, DABT, Senior Toxicologist, Exposure Science Program Health Outcomes Military Exposures, Department of Veterans Affairs

Respiratory Outcomes Related to Occupational Jet Fuel Exposure in the Military (virtual) | Download slides

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Camilla A. Mauzy, PhD, Senior Scientist, Air Force Research Laboratory, 711 Human Performance Wing, Department of the Air Force

Toxicity Evaluation and Biomarker Identification in In vivo Exposures to Burn Pit Emissions and Respirable Sand from Afghanistan | Download slides

11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Alison K. Bauer, PhD, ATSF, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, Colorado School of Public Health, Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado

Workplace Exposures to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) and Potential Mechanisms Driving Adverse Signaling Events in Lung | Download slides

11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Jared Brown, PhD, Professor, Director, Toxicology Graduate Program, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Skaggs School of Pharmacy, Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado

Role of Mast Cell Activation in Pulmonary Toxicity of Nitrogen Mustard | Download slides

11:45 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Tara Hendry-Hofer, MSN, RN, Program Manager, TRIAD Research Laboratory, School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado

Translational Research Models to Evaluate the Pathogenesis of Inhaled Toxic Chemicals | Download slides

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Respiratory Health Session Questions and Answers

--- Lunch (12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.) ---

Session 2: Existing Data/Programs (1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.)

Session Chair, Elizabeth Kovacs, PhD

1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Anisa K. Moore, MD, Director, Veterans Exposure Team-Health Outcomes Military Exposures (VET-HOME), Department of Veterans Affairs

Introducing Veterans Exposure Team-Health Outcomes Military Exposures (VET-HOME): VA’s New National Hub Serving Veterans with Military Environmental Exposures | Download slides

1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Rudy Rull, PhD, MPH, Principal Investigator, Millennium Cohort Study, Naval Health Research Center

The Millennium Cohort Study: Opportunities for PACT Act Research | Download slides

2:00 p.m.- 2:15 p.m.

Aaron I. Schneiderman, PhD, MPH, RN, Epidemiology Program Director, Department of Veterans Affairs

PACT Act Research: Some Data Resources to Consider (virtual) | Download slides

2:15 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Anne N. Styka, MPH, PMP, Senior Program Officer, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

The National Academies’ Role in Implementing the PACT Act | Download slides

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Existing Data/Programs Session Questions and Answers

Session 3: Mental Health (2:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Session Chair, Andrew Hoisington, PhD, PE

2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Lisa A. Brenner, PhD, Clinical Research Psychologist, Department of Veterans Affairs

Keynote Address: Exposures, Inflammation and Brain Health | Download slides

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Lindsay T. McDonald, PhD, Research Health Scientist, Department of Veterans Affairs

Psychological Stress is an Associated Health Risk to Toxic Military Exposures | Download slides

--- Afternoon Break (3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.) ---

4:00 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.

Erika M. Manczak, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Denver

Air Pollution and Depressive Symptoms: Current Knowledge and Future Directions | Download slides

4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Kathleen M. Flarity, PhD, Deputy Director, Center for COMbat Medicine and BATtlefield (COMBAT) Research, School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado

CU Center for COMBAT Research: Research in Mental Health, Resiliency and Psychological Readiness - Insights from a Veteran and Deployed Commander | Download slides

4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Mental Health Session Questions and Answers

4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Closing Comments

This research symposium is presented by the VA Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System and other Denver area collaborators. The event is partially sponsored by Denver Research Institute.

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Last Updated 31 January 2024