Office of Research & Development

 

Awards & 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:

2014

Date

Research Awards and Milestones

8/08/2014

NCPTSD psychologist Dr. Erika Wolf noted for trauma work

7/28/2014

AAA's Jerger Award to Richard Wilson, Ph.D.

7/15/2014

Dr. Tim O'Leary named chief research and development officer for VA

7/15/2014

Michael Gaziano, M.D., M.P.H., inducted into the Royal College of Physicians

7/02/2014

Norman Cousins Award to William A. Banks, M.D.

5/29/2014

Viscardi Achievement Award to Rory Cooper, Ph.D.

5/06/2014

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for four VA researchers

5/06/2014

Moshe Mirilashvili Memorial Fund B.R.A.I.N. Prize to Drs. Donogue, Hochberg

5/06/2014

William S. Middleton Award to Dale Gerding, M.D., and Raj Goyal, M.D.

5/06/2014

Mahatama Ghrandi Pravasi Samman Award to Rajiv Mohan, Ph.D.

5/06/2014

Paul B. Magnuson Award to Roy Bloebaum, Ph.D.

5/06/2014

John Blair Barnwell Award to Steven Kahn, M.B., Ch.B.

5/06/2014

Under Secretary's Award in Health Services Research to Timothy J. Wilt, M.D., M.P.H.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

  • 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.
  • 1998 - Ferid Murad, M.D., Ph.D. Discoveries relating to nitric oxide.

Lasker Award Recipients

  • 1963 - Michael E. DeBakey, M.D.* Originated new techniques in cardiovascular surgery.
  • 1971 - Edward D. Freis, M.D. Developed drug therapy for moderate hypertension.
  • 1974 - Ludwig Gross, M.D. Discovered leukemia- and cancer-causing viruses.
  • 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.
  • 1976 - Rosalyn Yalow, Ph.D. Developed radioimmunoassay.
  • 2012 - Thomas Starzl, M.D. Developed liver transplantation

* 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