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A technician operates equipment while a man is placed in an MRI scanning machine

Inside the brain — MRI scans are just one measure VA researchers are using to gain a glimpse of brain changes that signal Alzheimer's disease in its earliest stages. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt)

by Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer
Monday, May 13, 2013

Research Week Salutes VA Pioneers

From inventing the implantable cardiac pacemaker to helping develop the brain-computer interface, VA Research has been improving the lives of all generations of Veterans for nearly nine decades.

VA Research has been part of numerous advances in treating heart disease, diabetes, spinal cord injury, mental health disorders, and many other conditions and diseases that affect Veterans.

 VA Research has been improving the lives of…Veterans for nearly nine decades. 

This year, VA showcases the extraordinary work of VA researchers nationwide through National VA Research Week, May 13-17.

This year’s theme, “VA Research Inspires,” has in turn inspired a fount of creativity nationwide as VA medical centers ready for what promises to be an exciting week of activities and learning. Open houses, poster displays, presentations, award ceremonies and other events will feature the numerous advances and discoveries made by VA Research.

An elderly Veteran sits in front of the Baltimore VA hospital sign.

Former Navy sailor Ronald Mortenson, 67, had surgery seven years ago at the Baltimore VA Medical Center to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He was part of a VA study comparing two ways to fix the problem. Read Ronald’s story.

Veteran Research Volunteers

Of course, none of these research breakthroughs would be possible without the Veterans who have volunteered to participate in VA studies. Whether it’s helping to find cures for illnesses or helping to improve VA health care for all Veterans, those who volunteer to take part in research deserve special thanks.

To learn more about VA Research and events marking this year’s National VA Research Week, visit www.research.va.gov and www.facebook.com/VAResearch.