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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 2023

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

National VA Research Week theme: "Cutting-Edge Care Through Research"

2023 Research Week program booklet

Tuesday June 6: Research Coordinator Competency Fair

8:00 AM-12:00 PM, main auditorium.

Join us for Research Coordinator training and information including medication administration, new CVRE processes, "Stump the IRB", sample handling and shipping, and other topics.

Wednesday June 7: Oral Abstract Presentation Session

1:00-3:00 PM, main auditorium.
Time Speaker Presentation
1:00 Dimitri Drekonja "Bringing research to the Veteran: home based and virtual enrollment for a VA Cooperative Studies Program trial of fecal microbiota therapy vs. placebo to prevent recurrent C. difficile infection"
1:15 Diana Burgess "Do mindfulness interventions cause harm?: Findings from the Learning to Apply Mindfulness to Pain (LAMP) study"
1:30 Tonya Rich "The pursuit of innovation for Veterans with phantom limb pain: Leveraging a Veteran- and clinician-informed research agenda"
1:45 Howard Fink "Protein-Based Risk Scores Improve Hip Fracture Prediction More than Available Genetic Risk Scores"
2:00 Zachary Wendland "Retrospective Analysis of Patients with Hidradenitis Suppurativa and Adalimumab/Infliximab Use in the Veterans Affairs Health Care System"
2:15 Colette Mahr "Adverse Childhood Experiences Account for Post-Concussive Symptoms More Strongly than Injury History in Veterans with Mild TBI"
2:30 Katherine Miller "Characterizing Trauma-related Nightmares in Veterans Using Ambulatory Sleep Measurement"

Can't join us in person? Watch the livestream on Teams: Click here to join the meeting

Thursday June 8: Keynote Address and Poster Session

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

Speaker: Kelly D. Brownell, PhD
Robert L. Flowers Distinguished Professor of Public Policy,
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University
"Harnessing Research for Social and Policy Change: Thinking About Impact"

Can't join us in person? Watch the livestream on Teams: Click here to join the meeting
Poster Presentations: 2:00-4:00 PM, main auditorium and chapel.

Individual research posters presented at this year's event will be made available to Minneapolis VA personnel on the VA network drive after the conclusion of the event.

Past Research Week activities

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