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Explore VA Pittsburgh's nationally recognized research initiatives, with specialty programs in geriatrics, mental health, human engineering, and health equity. You can also volunteer to participate in a research study.

Our research programs

In fiscal year 2022, VAPHS received $158.2 million for 133 investigators to work on 350+ projects. VAPHS is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care. Major research emphases include:

  • Clinical trials
  • Clinical science
  • Health services
  • Rehabilitation and related technologies
  • Basic science
  • Animal Trials

Interested in participating in research?

Find out how and explore our Research Programs:

  • CHERP - Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion

  • MIRECC - Mental Illness Research Education Clinical Center

  • HERL - Human Engineering Research Laboratories

  • StatCore - Research Office Data and Statistical Services

  • CTC - Clinical Trials Center

VA Research Currents

Read the latest edition of VA Research Currents for Veteran-centered research news.

Volunteer for a research study

VA researchers wouldn't be able to make the advancements they do without help from the volunteers who take part in studies. If you'd like to contribute to VA's medical advancements, consider participating in research. 

If you decide to volunteer for a research study, you can change your mind at any time. Your decision to participate (or not) will not affect your VA benefits.

For questions and more information about participating in VA research:

Research Office Building
Mail Code 151
University Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15240

Veterans Health Foundation

The Veterans Health Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization congressionally authorized to support and administer approved VA research and education programs and activities.  VHF works to fulfill its mission by engaging in sponsored health and medical research and education projects funded by federal and state agencies, industry, foundations, and other philanthropic groups to bring more opportunities to VA hospitals and the Veterans they serve. For more information, visit

To make a donation, or for more information:

Website: Veterans Health Foundation of Pittsburgh
Phone: 412-360-3866