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Validation of a Military Burn Pit Surrogate Generator and Aerosol Exposure System

The purpose of this project is to determine and validate the full operational parameters of a novel combustion generation system in the WVU Center for Inhalation Toxicology: a surrogate military burn pit generator. The conditions of combustion in burn pits varies tremendously and the resultant emissions generated also vary tremendously.

Completion of this project will identify: proportions of combustion elements, parameters of operation, characterize emission aerosols in a whole-body rodent inhalation exposure chamber, and validate these parameters for subsequent animal models of burn pit exposures to study chronic multisymptom illness in U.S. Veterans.

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Length of grant
25 months

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