Photo of Robert Brackbill, an older man with white hair.

    Robert Brackbill was working for the NYC Health Department on the morning of September 11, 2001. He recounts that day and the events that led up to Robert being instrumental in the formation of the World Trade Center Health Registry. His testimonial gives insight into how the Registry was conceived, how it was granted its funding and its past, present and future work.

Research highlights from the past 15 years, World Trade Center Health Registry.

    In 2006, the WTC Health Registry published its first research papers. 18 years later, Registry analysts have published over 185 papers that have helped create guidelines that can save lives and inform new policies and treatments.

Scientist observes many scans of brains.

    Nearly 20 years later, researchers have documented the increasing risk concerning cognitive dysfunction including Alzheimer’s. This risk has been associated with both physical exposures at the World Trade Center and chronic post-traumatic stress disorder

Meet Paul as he shares his story.

    A community leader, a 9/11 survivor and a World Trade Center Enrollee. From appearing on recruitment posters to working tirelessly to sign up volunteer enrollees, Paul has spent the last twenty years as an advocate for the Registry.

A doctor with a clipboard looks at the camera and smiles

    Learn about eligibility and how to get monitoring and treatment for 9/11-related health care for enrollees and their families

WTC Health Registry

Registries allow researchers and health professionals to track and investigate illness and recovery related to disasters. Lessons learned from a disaster can also save lives and reduce injuries in future disasters. The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and the New York City Health Department established the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Registry in 2002 to monitor the health of people directly exposed to the 9/11 WTC disaster. The Registry became the largest post-disaster registry in U.S. history when more than 71,000 responders and survivors voluntarily enrolled in 2003-04. Since May 2009, the Registry has been funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and has ongoing collaborations with academic and governmental entities and medical institutions.

The WTC Health Registry periodically follows-up with enrollees to track changes in physical and mental health over time and gaps in care.

Registry Highlights