VA’s Office of Research and Development hosted a research fair at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill to share new medical advancements in improving health care and quality of life for Veterans across the nation.

“VA has a long and distinguished history of health-care research leading to new discoveries and innovations to benefit Veterans and all Americans,” said Acting VA Secretary Peter O’Rourke. “VA continues to conduct cutting-edge research, such as the development and testing of advanced prosthetic limbs, the Million Veteran Program (MVP), precision-medicine initiative and regenerative medicine aimed at repairing severed spinal cords.”

The event featured exhibits and demonstrations covering areas such as prosthetics, robotics, genomics and mental health. In the past, VA research has contributed to groundbreaking advances in medical care and technology, such as the CT scan, the cardiac pacemaker and the first successful liver transplant.

“VA research has resulted in three Nobel prizes, seven Lasker awards and numerous other national and international honors,” said Dr. Carolyn Clancy, executive in charge of VA’s Veterans Health Administration. “We are very proud of the impact our research collaborations has on the health of Veterans and the nation.”

The event also featured more than a dozen leading VA researchers, including Dr. Rory Cooper, a pioneer in wheelchair and other adaptive technology; Dr. Ann McKee, an authority on traumatic brain injury and chronic traumatic encephalopathy; and Dr. JoAnn Kirchner, who directs efforts to bring innovative mental health treatments to Veterans.


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Published on Jun. 19, 2018

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  1. Christopher sterner July 8, 2018 at 12:20 am

    I have been previously granted outside veterans choice appointments in the past, but now I no longer am able to. I am more than 50 miles from the nearest hospital and I have tried and tried to get answers to “why not”. I Keep getting sent in ridiculous circles by phone.. at this point I’ve givin up and have to just travel the distance. Still, why not!! Bleh!

  2. KEITH B SMITH June 22, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    I live in New Mexico where Family Caregivers are subsequently being denied. I have been told by a facilitator that they are 100% denying veterans currently receiving the monthly stipend. So what gives VA?

    Keith B. Smith

  3. Judy Miller June 22, 2018 at 9:41 am

    I need help getting re-approved to be in the choice program. So far I have had two “rounds” of pre-approved appointments. Now I have been refused or denied further treatment with a non-VA counselor in the mental health field.. They did not tell me why this was denied but I made many phone calls, visited a psychiatrist at a VA clinic who said she did not know anything about the choice program. Later a clerk told me that I needed re-evaluation which was never conveyed to me. So I don’t know where to go next. I was hoping the psychiatrist I saw, Dr. Nancy Bryant, a very thorough doctor could offer me the choice program again or ask to re-apply to it. It is very hard to be in the care of a therapist and then to have the sessions cut off so abruptly.
    Judith Miller – 1015 last four and I went to the VA clinic in Cedar Park.

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