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.

Immune-genetic Biomarkers of Risk and Resiliency for GWI
06/29/2023 - 09/29/2025 (Subcontract PI)
University of Adelaide DOD Army Med Resrch

Confirmation of the Low Glutamate Diet as a Treatment for Gulf War Illness
09/01/2022 - 08/31/2025 (Subcontract PI)
American University DOD Army Med Resrch

Boston Biorepository, Recruitment, and Integrative Network (BBRAIN) for GWI
09/01/2018 - 08/31/2025 (PI)
Department of Defense/Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity

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

Expanding the Characterization and Application of Clinical MRI Markers in Gulf War Illness
09/30/2021 - 09/29/2024 (Subcontract PI)
University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston DOD ArmyMedResMatCmd

The Gulf War Illness Clinical Trials and Interventions Consortium (GWICTIC)
09/30/2018 - 09/29/2024 (Subcontract PI)
Nova Southeastern University DOD Army Med Resrch

The Impact of Gulf War Inhalant Pollutant and Chemical Exposures on the Upper Sinonasal Airway
09/15/2021 - 09/14/2024 (Subcontract PI)
Greater Los Angeles Veterans Research And Education Foundation DOD Army Med Resrch

Enrichment of Data Collection for the Boston Biorepository and Integrative Network for GWI: The Non-Exclusionary Wave (NEW BBRAIN) Cohort
09/01/2022 - 08/31/2024 (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

Tracking Neuroinflammation in GWI from Brain-Derived Extracellular Vesicles in the Blood
09/01/2020 - 08/31/2024 (Subcontract PI)
Texas A&M University DOD ArmyMedResMatCmd

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  1. Chao LL, Sullivan K, Krengel MH, Killiany RJ, Steele L, Klimas NG, Koo BB. The prevalence of mild cognitive impairment in Gulf War veterans: a follow-up study. Front Neurosci. 2023; 17:1301066.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38318196; PMCID: PMC10838998; DOI: 10.3389/fnins.2023.1301066;
  2. Sultana E, Shastry N, Kasarla R, Hardy J, Collado F, Aenlle K, Abreu M, Sisson E, Sullivan K, Klimas N, Craddock TJA. Disentangling the effects of PTSD from Gulf War Illness in male veterans via a systems-wide analysis of immune cell, cytokine, and symptom measures. Mil Med Res. 2024 Jan 02; 11(1):2. PMID: 38167090; PMCID: PMC10759613; DOI: 10.1186/s40779-023-00505-4;
  3. Keating D, Krengel M, Dugas J, Toomey R, Chao L, Steele L, Janulewicz LP, Heeren T, Quinn E, Klimas N, Sullivan K. Cognitive decrements in 1991 Gulf War veterans: associations with Gulf War illness and neurotoxicant exposures in the Boston Biorepository, Recruitment, and Integrative Network (BBRAIN) cohorts. Environ Health. 2023 Oct 04; 22(1):68.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37794452; PMCID: PMC10548744; DOI: 10.1186/s12940-023-01018-2;
  4. Baas PW, Sullivan KA, Terry AV, Case K, Yates PL, Sun X, Raghupathi R, Huber BR, Qiang L. Is Gulf War Illness a prolonged early phase tauopathy? Cytoskeleton (Hoboken). 2024 Jan; 81(1):41-46.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37702426; PMCID: PMC10841075; DOI: 10.1002/cm.21786;
  5. Abdullah L, Nkiliza A, Niedospial D, Aldrich G, Bartenfelder G, Keegan A, Hoffmann M, Mullan M, Klimas N, Baraniuk J, Crawford F, Krengel M, Chao L, Sullivan K. Genetic association between the APOE e4 allele, toxicant exposures and Gulf war illness diagnosis. Environ Health. 2023 Jul 06; 22(1):51.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37415220; PMCID: PMC10324249; DOI: 10.1186/s12940-023-01002-w;
  6. Yates PL, Case K, Sun X, Sullivan K, Baas PW, Qiang L. Veteran-derived cerebral organoids display multifaceted pathological defects in studies on Gulf War Illness. Front Cell Neurosci. 2022; 16:979652. PMID: 36619675; PMCID: PMC9816432; DOI: 10.3389/fncel.2022.979652;
  7. Dylan Keating, Maxine Krengel, Rosemary Toomey, Emily Quinn, Rabindra Kadel, Kimberly Sullivan. APHA 2022 Annual Meeting and Expo. Mood Functioning in Gulf War Veterans: Findings from the Boston, Biorepository, Recruitment, and Integrative Network for GWI (BBRAIN). 2022. View Publication
  8. Ferguson S, McCartan R, Browning M, Hahn-Townsend C, Gratkowski A, Morin A, Abdullah L, Ait-Ghezala G, Ojo J, Sullivan K, Mullan M, Crawford F, Mouzon B. Impact of gulf war toxic exposures after mild traumatic brain injury. Acta Neuropathol Commun. 2022 Oct 18; 10(1):147. PMID: 36258255; PMCID: PMC9580120; DOI: 10.1186/s40478-022-01449-x;
  9. 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;
  10. 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; PMCID: PMC9323962; DOI: 10.3390/ijerph19148483;
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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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