The Gulf War



At last count the list of papers that James H. Ware has written for peer-reviewed publications like the Journal of the American Statistical Assn. and the American Journal of Epidemiology totals 108. The many publishing notches in his belt attest to his stature as an expert on the statistical issues in environmental research.
So does his day job. He is a professor of biostatistics and dean for academic affairs at the Harvard School of Public Health.
No surprise, then, that Ware was among the scientists invited to participate in deliberations over Gulf War sickness under the auspices of the Institute of Medicine, an arm of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences.
The Institute of Medicine committee on which he served spent three years evaluating the effects of the Gulf War on veterans' health. It concluded that "no single hypothesis" could account for all the symptoms that some veterans link to their Gulf War service. There is "no available evidence," added the committee's report published in 1996, "that low-level exposure to nerve agents results in "any chronic or long-term adverse health effects."
The 55-year-old Ware, who has a PhD in statistics from Stanford University, was a mathematical statistician at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute before coming to Harvard in 1979. His research has encompassed a wide variety of environmental-health issues, including lead-paint injury in children and the effects of second-hand smoke.



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