Office of Research & Development

Awards & Career Milestones

"Any positive intervention that can place them [Veterans] back on their feet and improve their daily lives, whether at work or in their homes, should be the ultimate goal of every basic scientist and biomedical researcher."

"Every day working at the VA instills in me the drive and passion to contribute something positive back to these men and women who have sacrificed so much for our society and country."

"VA has provided me with numerous opportunities to improve the lives of Veterans through a collaborative combination of intellectually challenging and enjoyable primary clinical care..."

These are just a few of the reasons why, in their own words, VA researchers chose to put their expertise to work on behalf of the nation's Veterans. From basic research examining the smallest of cellular structures to large-scale clinical trials studying treatment options, and from research aimed at helping Veterans reintegrate into civilian life to studies on Veterans' use of VHA health care services, VA researchers work every day to improve Veterans' lives.

Frequently, this work receives attention on a national or even international scale in the form of awards, such as the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers; honors, such as Fulbright scholarships; and appointments to national boards, such as the Institute of Medicine. Scroll down to read about recent awards and milestones for VA investigators. In addition, each of the four services of VA Research may note awards and milestones for its investigators on its respective awards page, as per the links immediately below:

Past Awards

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

  • 1998 - Ferid Murad, M.D., Ph.D. Discoveries relating to nitric oxide.
  • 1977 - Andrew W. Schally, Ph.D., M.D.h.c. (Multi), D.Sc.,h.c. Research on peptide hormone production in the brain.
  • 1977 - Rosalyn Yalow, Ph.D. Development of radioimmunoassay.

Lasker Award Recipients

  • 2012 - Thomas Starzl, M.D. Developed liver transplantation
  • 1976 - Rosalyn Yalow, Ph.D. Developed radioimmunoassay.
  • 1975 - William Oldendorf, M.D. Pioneered computerized tomography.
  • 1975 - Andrew Schally, Ph.D., M.D.h.c. (Multi), D.Sc.,h.c. Studied peptide hormone production in the brain.
  • 1974 - Ludwig Gross, M.D. Discovered leukemia- and cancer-causing viruses.
  • 1971 - Edward D. Freis, M.D. Developed drug therapy for moderate hypertension.
  • 1963 - Michael E. DeBakey, M.D.* Originated new techniques in cardiovascular surgery.

* In 2008, following the death of world-renowned heart surgeon, VA researcher, and 1963 Lasker award recipient Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, the Lasker clinical research award was renamed the Lasker-Debakey Award.

Source: Lasker Foundation