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Thursday - Main Agenda



The Impact of Allostatic Load

09 May 2024
Marriott Water Street - Floor 2 - Florida Ballroom Salon V - VI
Breakout Track
Many SOF service members are leaving service with a collection of health issues: chronic pain, obstructive sleep apnea, substance abuse, depression, endocrine dysfunction, and many other social, physical, or mental health related challenges. Some refer to this as “operator syndrome”; however, medical professionals refer to it as the effects of a high allostatic load–or chronic stress. This panel will discuss this affliction and the latest research and treatments.
Dr. B. Christopher Frueh, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Psychology, University of Hawaii - Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center
Dr. Karen Kelly, Ph.D, Research Physiologist, Warfighter Performance Department - Naval Health Research Center (NHRC)
Dr. Jeffrey Tiede, Director of the Center for the Intrepid - Brooke Army Medical Center, JBSA - Ft. Sam Houston

  • We are extremely excited to convene the community at SOF Week 2024. This convention for U.S. and International SOF will include a diverse slate of programs, to include professional development sessions, interactive discussions about the future of SOF, and an up-close view of some of the best tech available to our warfighters. GSOF looks forward to working with USSOCOM to make SOF Week 2024 an impactful event.
    Stuart Bradin
    President and CEO, GSOF


Co-sponsorship of this event does not imply endorsement of GSOF, its services, or products by the United States Government, the Department of Defense, or U.S. Special Operations Command.