Research & Development Program - West Palm Beach VA Medical Center
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West Palm Beach VA Medical Center


Research & Development Program

The primary mission of the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center (WPBVAMC) Research & Development Program is to improve quality of care through clinical research. Everyone in the organization led by the research service is responsible for protecting the research participants’ human rights, safety, and well-being. Research projects involving human subjects are reviewed by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB ensures compliance with Federal and State laws, ethical principles required when human participants are involved, and various local regulations. This committee’s main responsibility is to protect the health, welfare, and rights of human research subjects. The WPBVAMC (FWA 00001599) has partnered with the Bay Pines VA Health Care System (BPVAHCS) IRB (FWA 00000979) to provide IRB services. The WPBVAMC is also affiliated with other IRB’s, to include the Veterans Health Administration Central Office IRB (for multicenter cooperative studies); the Nova Southeastern University IRB (FWA 00004057); and other commercial IRBs.

The VA-affiliated non-profit South Florida Veterans Affairs Foundation for Research and Education, Inc. (SFVAFRE) is dedicated to the continuous support of important research topics that facilitate VA research, education, and the enhancement of quality patient care. SFVAFRE assists the WPBVAMC Research & Development Service in conducting research.

Research & Development projects may be funded or unfunded. Funding may be through the VA (awards), other government agencies (e.g., NIH, DoD, etc.) private scientific associations, and pharmaceutical companies. Major areas of clinical research include COVID-19, cardiology, mental health, neuromusculoskeletal medicine, oncology, pulmonary/critical care medicine, pharmacology, and gastroenterology, among others.

For more information about Research & Development at the WPBVAMC including participation in a research study, contact our office at 561-422-6956.

Service Contact Information 

Associate Chief of Staff, Research & Development 561-422-8262 ext. 1448
Facility Research Coordinator 561-422-8262 ext. 6956
Research Program Assistant 561-422-8262 ext. 5681
Research Compliance Officer 561-422-8262 ext. 2094

More Information

Research Week 2021 Poster


Submission Calendars

Submit a Research Project on IRBNet
 - This link is for West Palm Beach VA Medical Center researchers to submit projects for the various research committees to review. It's an enterprise-wide solution for research committee management authorized by VA Office for Research & Development. It complies with all the 1200 VHA Handbook series.

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Research Links

VA Office of Research and Development

Submission Calendar for VA research funding by programs

COVID-19 Research

VA Office of Research Oversight

Bay Pines VA Health Care System Research Service

VA Innovation and Research Review System (VAIRRS)

Featured Scientists/Projects

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ORD Funding

ORD Policies and Guidance

Grant Proposal Guidance (This site is only accessible from a VA server)

General VA Research Links

VA Central IRB

VA National Research and Development 

Office for Research Protections, Policy, and Education

VA Office of Research Oversight 

Technology Transfer 

Biomedical Laboratory and Development Service (BLR&D)

Clinical Science Research and Development Service (CSR&D) 

Health Service Research and Development Service (HSR&D)

Rehabilitation Research and Development Service (RR&D)