Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA to Recognize National VA Research Week

May 8, 2008

WHAT:

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will celebrate National VA Research Week, May 11-17, 2008.  As part of the nationwide observance, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) will host a Research Symposium on Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 11:30 a.m., in the 4th Floor Auditorium.   Michael E. Selzer, M.D., PhD, director of Rehabilitation Research & Development and members of the MEDVAMC Neuroscience Consortium are featured speakers for the symposium. The MEDVAMC will also conduct a poster/information display in the facility’s main lobby, May 13-14, 2008, 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.

WHEN:

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:

4th Floor Auditorium
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
2002 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030

CONTACT:

For more information, contact the Research Service Line at (713)794-7566.

BACKGROUND:  

"VA research is a national asset that benefits 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, genomics, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, infectious diseases, and spinal cord injury."

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 studies currently being conducted at the MEDVAMC include studies in substance abuse, PTSD, sleep apnea, prostate  and bladder cancer, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, back pain, and anxiety.

The events are free and open to the public.