For more than 90 years, the Veterans Affairs (VA) Research and Development program has been improving the lives of Veterans and all Americans through health care discovery and innovation.
The mission of VA Research is fourfold:
• Improve Veterans' health and well-being via basic, translational, clinical, health services, and rehabilitative research
• Apply scientific knowledge to develop effective individualized care solutions for Veterans
• Attract, train, and retain the highest-caliber investigators, and nurture their development as leaders in their fields
• Assure a culture of professionalism, collaboration, accountability, and the highest regard for research volunteers' safety and privacy
VA Research is unique because of its focus on health issues that affect Veterans. It is part of an integrated health care system with a state-of-the-art electronic health record and has come to be viewed as a model for superior bench-to-bedside research. VA Research fosters dynamic collaborations with its university partners, other federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private industry—thus furthering the program's impact on the health of Veterans and the nation.
Our program is comprised of research in biomedical, health services and rehabilitation, as well as clinical and cooperative studies. The Medical Center is home to two VA-funded Rehabilitation Research and Development centers: the Advanced Platform Technology (APT) Center and the Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Center. Our current research studies enhance the medical center's ability to provide state-of-the-art medical care, and innovative techniques and treatments to veterans. We have about 270 active research projects are currently being conducted at our Medical Center in areas such as infectious disease, cardiology, diabetes, surgery, hematology / oncology, neurology, spinal cord injury, rehabilitation, and psychiatric disorders.