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Protocol and Background Documents



NIH Director Francis Collins announced in June, 2010 that NIH will devote at least $10 million to support research on the potential health effects of Deepwater Horizon disaster. Dr. Collins then directed the NIEHS to take the lead in designing a large prospective health study of oil spill clean-up workers and volunteers. Dale Sandler, Ph.D., Chief of the NIEHS Epidemiology Branch ("/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_contentid=33655&sys_revision=9&sys_variantid=639&sys_context=0&sys_authtype=0&sys_siteid=&sys_folderid=" sys_dependentvariantid="639" sys_dependentid="33655" inlinetype="rxhyperlink" rxinlineslot="103" sys_dependentid="33655" sys_siteid="" sys_folderid=""), is serving as the study's Principal Investigator. Clean-up workers are likely to be the most heavily exposed of all population groups in the affected regions with adverse effects occurring earlier, and more severely than in the general population. The Gulf STUDY will focus on exposure to oil and dispersant products and potential health consequences such as respiratory, neurobehavioral, carcinogenic, and immunological conditions. The study will also evaluate mental health concerns and other oil spill-related stressors such as job loss, family disruption, and financial uncertainties. It is crucial that the study be designed with input from community members, scientific experts, and local, state, and federal agencies. The study plan will be updated as comments and suggestions are received from the Gulf communities and scientific experts.


Study Documents

Recruitment Materials to Potential Participants

Strategy for Assessing Exposures in the GuLF STUDY

Additional Study Materials