From research on tuberculosis in the 1940s, to today's developments in advanced robotic prosthetics, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has ranked as one of the nation's leaders in health research.
The VA Research program consists of four main research services, which work together to address the full spectrum of Veterans' health needs
Research studies are important, because they can help provide:
While some studies look at existing information, numbers, or other data, other studies require human participation. These volunteer participants have contributed to many important advances in health care, including:
No one can predict the exact outcome of a research study, and you may or may not see a direct benefit to your health or health condition if you take part in a research study-but your participation does matter.
Watch this story of the history of VA research, and see the amazing discoveries that make Veterans' lives better every day.
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See also ORD Publications.
Throughout the Veterans Administration, many dedicated researchers are working to improve the health and healthcare of Veterans. The following briefs highlight some of their recent work.