||The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will celebrate National VA Research Week, May 13-19, 2007. As part of the nationwide observance, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) will host a seminar titled “Technology Commercialization: The Baylor/VA Relationship” on May 16, 2007, 10-11:30 a.m. This will be followed by a presentation titled “Feeling Hypersensitive about Sensitive Data?” The MEDVAMC will also conduct a poster display in the facility’s main lobby, May 15-16, 2007, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. each day. The posters provide information to veterans about studies that are currently being conducted and how they can participate.
“Research by the VA is a national asset benefiting veteran patients and the entire nation by moving medical science forward. VA investigators played key roles in developing devices and techniques that revolutionized health care, such as the cardiac pacemaker, the CAT scan, and liver and kidney transplants. Today, VA is a leader in many areas of research, including AIDS, mental health, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, infectious diseases, and spinal cord injury,” said Holly H. Birdsall, M.D., Ph.D., MEDVAMC associate chief of staff for Research and Development.
VA conducts biomedical, rehabilitation, clinical, and health services research – as well as large, multi-center clinical trials – at more than 100 medical centers across the country. Research at the MEDVAMC includes studies on spinal cord Injury, chronic back pain, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, substance abuse and addiction, Parkinson’s Disease, smoking cessation, stroke, prostate cancer, heart failure, HCV/HIV, digestive diseases and COPD.
The events are free and open to the public.