This chapter has described the major findings of the committee. It is with these findings in mind that the committee began to develop its recommendations for establishing a national center for research on military deployment-related health issues. The following chapter presents the committee's recommendations.

TABLE 3.1 Strengths and Limitations of Alternative Locations for a National Center for Military Deployment Health Research

Location

Strengths

Limitations

Department of Defense

• Existing infrastructure

• Research expertise

• Resources

• Focus on the standing military forces (active-duty and reserves)

• Credibility with veterans

Department of Veterans Affairs

• Existing infrastructure

• Research expertise

• Resources

• Focus on veterans

• Credibility with veterans

National Institutes of Health

• Research expertise

• Peer review system

• Different mission

• No appropriate existing institute

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

• Occupational health, prevention, and surveillance expertise

• Dissemination of health information

• Different mission

• Limited basic research infrastructure

• Isolated from treatment and surveillance options for populations of interest

Universities

• Credibility, independence of research

• Research expertise

• Collaboration of multiple disciplines

• Lack of ability to coordinate federal activities

• Isolated from treatment and prevention options for populations of interest

MVHCB

• Cross-departmental.

• Incorporate research expertise of federal and private sectors

• Mission focused on deployment health

 



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