Highlighting Medical Advancements in Research - VA Western New York Healthcare System
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VA Western New York Healthcare System


Highlighting Medical Advancements in Research

May 18, 2015

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Contact: Evangeline Conley, Pubic Affairs Officer
Phone: (716) 862- 8753
Cell:         (716) 512-9338
E-mail: Evangeline.Conley@va.gov

Highlighting Medical Advancements in Research
VA Western New York Healthcare System celebrates National VA Research Week


The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will celebrate 90 years of research excellence during National VA Research Week, May 18-22, 2015.  As part of the nationwide observance, VA Western New York Healthcare System will conduct a Research Day event at Wednesday, May 20 at noon in Freedom Hall. The program will include an overview of Research, a Veteran’s perspective on How Research Helped Him, along with a presentation at 12:30pm from Dr. Laura Wray, PhD, about Integrating Primary Care and Mental Health across VA. From 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. research investigators will display posters about their research initiatives.


"VA research is a national asset that benefits Veteran patients and the entire nation by moving medical science forward," said James Lohr, MD, acting associate chief of staff for research. "VA investigators play key roles in developing devices and techniques that revolutionized health care – including the cardiac pacemaker, the CAT scan, Shingles vaccine, liver and kidney transplants, and much more. Today, VA is a leader in many areas of research, such as 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. Behavioral Health, Cardiology, and Ophthalmology are among the research being done at VA Western New York Healthcare System.


For more information, or to schedule an interview with a researcher, please contact Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer at 716-862-8753 or Evangeline.Conley@va.gov.