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Research and Development

Explore VA Houston's research initiatives with specialty programs. You can also volunteer to participate in a research study.

About Research at VA Houston

Research conducted by staff at VA Houston Healthcare System ensures Veterans have access to cutting-edge medical and health care technology. The Research and Development Program (R&D) receives more than $23.7 million annually, to sponsor more than 650 active research projects.

The VA Houston R&D program is an essential part of the medical center’s mission and plays a very important role in the healthcare Veterans receive. The production of new knowledge, techniques and products improves prevention,
diagnosis, treatment and control of the many diseases faced by our Veterans.

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center R&D Program includes four components:

Health Services Research and Development
Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development
Clinical Science Research and Development
Rehabilitation Research and Development

Collectively, these programs support research engaged in fundamental laboratory investigations, as well as trials for new medications and treatments.

VA research for Veterans

Learn more about VA Houston research and development program for Veterans. 

VA research for research professionals

Learn more about conducting research at VA Houston, including required forms and how to apply

In the spotlight with VA Houston Research

VA Houston Healthcare System has received several large, long-term VA and local awards that reflect the critical mass of scientists who have assembled here in pursuit of important research. There is a Center for Innovations, a Center for Translational Research, and a Center for Mental Health at the Houston VA.

Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt)

The mission of IQuESt is mission is to improve health and well-being through innovations in health care delivery.

Learn more about IQuESt

Center for Translational Research on Inflammatory Diseases (CTRID)

The mission of CTRID is to foster collaborative research on inflammatory diseases at MEDVAMC aimed at improving the health and well-being of Veterans.

Learn more about CTRID. 

South Central Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC)

The mission of the South Central MIRECC is to promote equity in engagement, access, and quality of mental health care for Veterans facing barriers to care, especially rural Veterans.

Learn more about MIRECC.

Upcoming Events

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VA Research Week at Houston VA
May 13-17, 2024

This year's 2024 Research Week is taking place at Houston VA from May 13-17th, and we are excited to celebrate this year's theme, "Building Community Through Research". Houston VA will be hosting several events highlighting our exceptional VA researchers and the incredible work they do for Veterans.

To learn more, please email Research Week Co-Chairs, Eva Plezia and Abby Loya  

Past Events

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VA Research Week at Houston VA
May 15–19, 2023

Our annual VA Research Week took place in Houston on May 15-19th, 2023, and we celebrated the national theme, "Cutting-Edge Care through Research.” Houston VA hosted several events to honor our exceptional VA researchers and the incredible work they do for Veterans, including the CTRID 10th Anniversary Symposium, Veteran Recruitment Fair, and Veteran Engagement Panel Screening.

View the 2023 Veteran Engagement Panel here. This 1-hour virtual screening offers viewers a chance to hear about the real-world impact of MEDVAMC research on Veterans.