Research and Development
Explore VA Houston's research initiatives with specialty programs. You can also volunteer to participate in a research study.
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 $20.4 million annually, to sponsor more than 600 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.
VA research for Veterans
VA research for research professionals
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)
Center for Translational Research on Inflammatory Diseases (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.
VA Research Week at MEDVAMC
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.” MEDVAMC 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.