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Characterizing Exposure of Veterans to Agent Orange and Other Herbicides Used in Vietnam: Scientific Considerations Regarding a Request for Proposals for Research (1997)

The purpose of this report is to delineate the scientific considerations regarding a request for proposals (RFP) for research characterizing exposure of veterans to Agent Orange and other herbicides used in Vietnam. The National Academy of Sciences' (NAS) Institute of Medicine (IOM), under the scientific supervision of the Committee on the Assessment of Wartime Exposure to Herbicides in Vietnam (hereafter, "the committee"), has been requested by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) to develop an RFP seeking individuals and organizations capable of conducting research to develop one or more historic exposure reconstruction approaches suitable for epidemiologic studies of herbicide exposure among U.S. veterans during the Vietnam War. These approaches would incorporate information from existing databases and other information (e.g., biomarkers of exposure) as detailed below, as well as supplemental information gathered from surveys of military personal, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and other sources.