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Research Week

What is Research Week?

Research Week is an annual event sponsored by the VA Office of Research & Development, with individual VA facilities hosting their own local events in conjunction with the national office. The Minneapolis VA Research Week event usually consists of a keynote address followed by short talks or poster sessions, featuring work conducted by Minneapolis investigators and their study teams. This page will be updated for current year Research Week activities as they are planned. Links below will provide access to presentations from this year's (or last year's) Research Week keynote and other sessions.

Research Week 2024

Research Week 2023 promotional image featuring several local investigators in a conference session

National VA Research Week theme: "Building Community Through Research"

2024 Research Week Program and Abstract Booklet

Schedule of Events

Tuesday May 28:

Mentor Networking: 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, 3Q Conference Room

"Speed Mentoring" session to meet investigators for advice on clinical research

Research Coordinator Resource Fair: 1:00-3:00 PM, main auditorium

Resources, training, and networking event for study coordinators and other staff supporting our investigators in their research activities

Wednesday May 29:

CVRE Meet-and-Greet: 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, 3Q Conference Room

Your chance to meet the staff for CVRE, our VA-affiliated non-profit corporation

Oral Abstract Presentation Session: 1:00-3:00 PM, main auditorium
Time Presentation
1:00 "Characterizing Tobacco Use among a National Cohort of Veterans with COPD"
Alyssa Anton, Anne Melzer, Chris Wendt, Ken Kunisaki, Adams Dudley, Arianne Baldomero
1:15 "Results from the Learning to Apply Mindfulness to Pain Study: A Pragmatic Clinical Trial"
Diana Burgess, Collin Calvert, Emily Hagel Campbell, Kelli Allen, Ann Bangerter, Kimberly Behrens, Mariah Branson, Gert Bronfort, Lee Cross, Roni Evans, John Ferguson, Jessica Friedman, Alexander Haley, Brent Leininger, Mallory Mahaffey, Marianne Matthias, Laura Meis, Melissa Polusny, J. Greg Serpa, Stephanie Taylor, Brent Taylor
1:30 "Artificial Intelligence-Assisted Colonoscopy Failed to Increase Adenoma Detection Rate: An Implementation Study"
Tessa Herman, Daniela Guerrero Vinsard, Morgan Freeman, Anders Westanmo, Amy Gravely, Mohammad Bilal, Brian Hanson
1:45 "Veteran Engagement Infrastructure and Practices Among VA HSR&D Research Networks"
Tracy Sides, Erin Amundson, Malloree Argust, Diana Burgess, Laura Meis, Erin Krebs
2:00 "Exploring the genomic link between hidradenitis suppurativa and cardiovascular disease"
Zachary Wendland, Craig Teerlink, Kathryn Pridgen, Sydney Lo, Christopher Sayed, KR Van Straalen, Catherine Tcheandjieu, Scott Damrauer, Philip Tsao, Kyong-Mi Chang, Li Yun, Karen Mohlke, Quan Sun, Julie Lynch, Noah Goldfarb
2:15 "Trends in the surgical management of hidradenitis suppurativa"
Zachary Wendland, Ziou Jiang, Noah Goldfarb

Presentation was livestreamed on Microsoft Teams.

Thursday May 30:

3Q Clinical Research Wing Grand Opening: 10:15-11:15 AM, 3Q

Join us at 10:15 for a tour of the new Clinical Research Wing, ending with the ceremonial ribbon-cutting at 11 AM.

Keynote address: 12:00-1:30 PM, main auditorium.

Speaker: Dr. Ann M. Spungen
VA Senior Research Scientist
Director, Spinal Cord Damage Research Center
James J. Peters VA Medical Center
Part 1: "Overview of the VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP)"
Part 2: "VA CSP #2003: Exoskeletal-Assisted Walking in Persons with SCI: Impact on Quality of Life"

Presentation was livestreamed on Microsoft Teams.

Poster Presentations: 2:00-4:00 PM, 2P Education Conference Rooms

Posters submitted for print were made available on the VA network at W:\RESEARCH\Research Week 2024.

Past Research Week activities

(No Research Week was held in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions)