West Palm Beach VAMC Starts New Research Program - West Palm Beach VA Medical Center
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West Palm Beach VA Medical Center

 

West Palm Beach VAMC Starts New Research Program

December 16, 2019

The facility has been granted approval to conduct human studies by the Office of Human Research and Protections


West Palm Beach, Fla. — The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center (WPBVAMC) is one step closer to fulfilling the second goal of its Strategic Plan – to Become A Center For Research And Learning. Effective November 15, 2019, the Office for Human Research Protections granted the WPBVAMC’s Research and Education Service approval to re-open its research program. Partnering with Nova Southeastern University, the WPBVAMC expects to begin conducting research studies in the first part of 2020.

“Re-opening our research program after 13 years is the culmination of extensive efforts by our team over the last couple of years,” said Associate Chief of Staff for Education and Research Dr. Ramon Cuevas. “Key partnerships with academic and trusted institutions will allow us to make a strong impact in the field of research that we expect will benefit Veterans for years to come.”

In addition to its partnership with Nova Southeastern, the WPBVAMC has also partnered with the South Florida Veterans Affairs Foundation for Research and Education, a non-profit research and education foundation. The partnership, Cuevas states, will further allow the medical center to manage educational and research grants to fuel scholarly activity.

The Department of Veterans Affairs conducts biomedical, rehabilitation, clinical, and health services research at more than 100 medical centers across the country. Types of research include but are not limited to pilot studies and small investigator-initiated clinical trials, as well as large, multi-center clinical trials.

Historically, VA investigators have played key roles in developing devices, therapies and techniques that have revolutionized health care, including the cardiac pacemaker, the CT scan, the shingles vaccine, and organ transplantation, among many other medical advancements. Today, the VA system is a leader in many areas of research, such as HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, mental health, genomics, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and spinal cord injury medicine.

For more information about VA’s research and development program visit https://www.research.va.gov.

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