David Atkins: May 4, 2017

VA Research: Improving Health Care for Veterans

VA Medical Centers Nationwide Celebrate Veterans and their Participation in Cutting Edge Research


From inventing the implantable cardiac pacemaker to helping develop the brain-computer interface, with numerous advances treating chronic disease, spinal cord injury, mental health, and countless other conditions and diseases in between, VA Research has been improving the lives of all generations of Veterans for over nine decades.  This year, we again showcase the extraordinary work of VA researchers nationwide through VA Research Week, May 15-19.  The VA is celebrating 92 years of research excellence and will be focusing on that as the theme.

None of these research breakthroughs would be possible without the Veterans who have volunteered to participate in VA studies.  Whether it’s helping find cures for illnesses, helping others who are sick, or helping scientists find out more about how the human body and mind work, the Veteran volunteers who participate in these studies deserve special thanks.

VA Research Week gives VA Medical Centers an opportunity to showcase the numerous achievements of VA researchers and the role they play in providing high quality care for Veterans and advancing medical science. Creative displays, staff interactions, and informative seminars help educate Veterans and their families, our elected representatives, and others about VA research and its impact on treating and preventing disease and disability, not only for Veterans, but all Americans.

Dr. David Atkins of the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research & Development is available for you and your listeners on Thursday, May 4th, to discuss the upcoming VA Research Week, award-winning scientific discoveries, on-going and completed research projects and developments, as well as the multitude of Research Week events taking place at VA medical centers across the country.

For more information please visit: www.research.va.gov

More About Dr. David Atkins:

David Atkins, M.D., MPH, recently held the position of VA’s acting Chief Research & Development Officer (CRADO) for 2016. Previously, Dr. Atkins was the Director of Health Services Research & Development for VA. He led VA’s Quality Enhancement Research Initiative, a network of 10 centers, focused on health conditions common among Veterans, that is dedicated to translating research results into clinical practice. He also worked to spearhead the implementation of a new model for health services research known as CREATE, featuring close teamwork throughout all phases of research with VA clinical leaders.   Dr. Atkins is a general internist and clinical epidemiologist and is currently the acting Deputy CRADO.

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