Kimberly A Sullivan, PhD

Dr. Sullivan is a Research Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health department of Environmental Health and the former Associate Scientific Director for the Congressionally-directed Research Advisory Committee (RAC) on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses. She is a behavioral neuroscientist and the Principal Investigator (PI) on the large multi-site Gulf War Illness Consortium (GWIC) that includes 9 study sites and is designed to determine the pathobiology of Gulf War Illness (GWI). She is also the PI of the large, multi-site Gulf War Illness Biorepository Network (BBRAIN) designed to share biospecimens and foster collaboration with other GWI researchers. She is also site PI for multiple treatment trials including Co-enzyme Q10 and D-cycloserine to treat cognitive and fatigue problems in veterans with GWI and multiple phase I/II trials of the multi-site GWI Clinical Trials Consortium (GWICTIC). Dr. Sullivan has worked in the field of aging and behavioral neurotoxicology since 1992. She has also coordinated field studies in neurotoxicology (i.e., pesticides, methylmercury), neurobehavioral outcomes and the effects of physical stressors and genetic predisposition to disease on cognitive functioning in Alzheimer's disease, stroke and Parkinson disease.

Are Tau Proteins in Blood and PET Images Related to Gulf War Illness and Risk of Comorbid Neurological Disorders?
06/01/2022 - 05/31/2025 (PI)
Department of Defense/Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity

Validating Blood Biomarkers of Brain Immune and Metabolic Dysfunction in Gulf War Illness
09/01/2021 - 08/31/2024 (Subcontract PI)
Roskamp Institute, The DOD Army Med Resrch

Incidence of MCI and hippocampal atrophy in deployed Gulf War Veterans
07/15/2021 - 07/14/2024 (Subcontract PI)
Northern California Institute for Research and Education DOD AMRDC

Identifying Objective Diagnostic Markers of Gulf War Illness: Salivary and Plasma Autoantibodies against Neural Proteins Validated with Brain Imaging
09/01/2021 - 04/30/2024 (PI)
Department of Defense/Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity

Expanding the Characterization and Application of Clinical MRI Markers in Gulf War Illness
09/30/2021 - 09/29/2023 (Subcontract PI)
University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston DOD AMRDC

Identifying gaps in patient-provider communication and improving care for Veterans with Gulf War Illness
09/30/2020 - 09/29/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Boston VA Research Institute, Inc. DOD AMRDC

Tracking Neuroinflammation in GWI from Brain-Derived Extracellular Vesicles in the Blood
09/01/2020 - 08/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Texas A&M University DOD AMRDC

HMGB1, Chlorpyrifos, and Persistent GWI-like Neuropathology
09/30/2018 - 08/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Trustees of Indiana University NIH NIEHS

The Gulf War Illness Clinical Trials and Interventions Consortium (GWICTIC)
09/30/2018 - 09/29/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Nova Southeastern University DOD Army Med Resrch

Examination of Neuroimaging, Cognitive Functioning and Plasma Markers in a longitudinal Cohort of Gulf War Deployed Veterans: The Ft. Devens Cohort
09/30/2016 - 09/29/2022 (PI)
Department of Defense/Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity

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  1. Sullivan K, O'Callaghan JP. Advancing the Role of Neuroimmunity and Genetic Susceptibility in Gulf War Illness. Brain Sci. 2022 Aug 12; 12(8). PMID: 36009131; PMCID: PMC9405771; DOI: 10.3390/brainsci12081068;
  2. Friedman A, Janulewicz Lloyd PA, Carlson J, Quinn E, Keating D, Toomey R, Heeren T, Coughlin SS, Markenson G, Krengel M, Sullivan K. Preliminary Findings from the Gulf War Women's Cohort: Reproductive and Children's Health Outcomes among Women Veterans. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Jul 11; 19(14).View Related Profiles. PMID: 35886335; DOI: 10.3390/ijerph19148483;
  3. Bose D, Chatterjee S, Older E, Seth R, Janulewicz P, Saha P, Mondal A, Carlson JM, Decho AW, Sullivan K, Klimas N, Lasley S, Li J, Chatterjee S. Host gut resistome in Gulf War chronic multisymptom illness correlates with persistent inflammation. Commun Biol. 2022 Jun 07; 5(1):552.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35672382; PMCID: PMC9174162; DOI: 10.1038/s42003-022-03494-7;
  4. Weisskopf MG, Sullivan KA. Invited Perspective: Causal Implications of Gene by Environment Studies Applied to Gulf War Illness. Environ Health Perspect. 2022 May; 130(5):51301. PMID: 35543506; PMCID: PMC9093160; DOI: 10.1289/EHP11057;
  5. Zundel CG, Price K, Grasso CM, Spiro A, Heeren T, Sullivan K, Krengel MH. The impact of neurotoxicant exposures on posttraumatic stress disorder trajectories: The Ft. Devens Gulf War Veterans Cohort. J Trauma Stress. 2022 Jun; 35(3):955-966.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35150175
  6. Oberlin S, Nkiliza A, Parks M, Evans JE, Klimas N, Keegan AP, Sullivan K, Krengel MH, Mullan M, Crawford F, Abdullah L. Sex-specific differences in plasma lipid profiles are associated with Gulf War Illness. J Transl Med. 2022 02 05; 20(1):73.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35123492; PMCID: PMC8817550; DOI: 10.1186/s12967-022-03272-3;
  7. Krengel MH, Zundel CG, Heeren T, Yee M, Spiro A, Proctor SP, Grasso CM, Sullivan K. Health symptom trajectories and neurotoxicant exposures in Gulf War veterans: the Ft. Devens cohort. Environ Health. 2022 01 08; 21(1):7.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34998396; PMCID: PMC8742929; DOI: 10.1186/s12940-021-00812-0;
  8. Coller JK, Tuke J, Wain TJ, Quinn E, Steele L, Abreu M, Aenlle K, Klimas N, Sullivan K. Associations of Immune Genetic Variability with Gulf War Illness in 1990-1991 Gulf War Veterans from the Gulf War Illness Consortium (GWIC) Multisite Case-Control Study. Brain Sci. 2021 Oct 26; 11(11). PMID: 34827409; PMCID: PMC8615505; DOI: 10.3390/brainsci11111410;
  9. Cheng CH, Alshelh Z, Guan Y, Sullivan K, Loggia ML, Koo BB. Association of the tissue microstructural diffusivity and translocator protein PET in Gulf War Illness. Brain Behav Immun Health. 2021 Dec; 18:100364.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34693367; PMCID: PMC8515380; DOI: 10.1016/j.bbih.2021.100364;
  10. Yates PL, Patil A, Sun X, Niceforo A, Gill R, Callahan P, Beck W, Piermarini E, Terry AV, Sullivan KA, Baas PW, Qiang L. A cellular approach to understanding and treating Gulf War Illness. Cell Mol Life Sci. 2021 Nov; 78(21-22):6941-6961. PMID: 34580742
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2020 CDC/ATSDR: Charles C. Shepard Science Award for Best Paper: Finalist
2019 Boston University Center for Military Health: Soaring Eagle Award
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