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Abstract #1663

A comparison of different brain connectivity markers for classifying Gulf-war illness

Bang-Bon Koo1 and Kimberly Sullivan2

1Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University, Boston, MA, United States, 2Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA, United States

Gulf War Illness (GWI) represents a cluster of multi-system chronic symptoms experienced by a third of veterans who served in the Gulf War. The exact cause of GWI remains unknown and efforts directed towards developing treatments have been hampered by the lack of meaningful objective biomarkers of the illness. Combining machine learning technology to brain connectivity imaging may allow for better understanding of the complex pathobiology of GWI. Choosing optimal imaging index should be a first step to maximize its classification performance.

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