Office of Research & Development

Awards & Career Milestones

VA researcher Dr. Laura A. Petersen receives prestigious Under Secretary's Award

VA researcher Dr. Laura A. Petersen receives prestigious Under Secretary's Award Dr. Laura A. Petersen, director of the VA Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (iQuEST) in Houston, has been awarded the 2017 Under Secretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research. 07-18-2018



VA Pittsburgh, Hudson Valley research team named runner-up for 2018 ECRI award

VA Pittsburgh, Hudson Valley research team named runner-up for 2018  ECRI award A team of VA researchers were recognized as finalists in the ECRI Institute's 12th annual Health Devices Achievement Award. 06-22-2018



LGBT researcher Dr. John Blosnich receives VA I Care award

LGBT researcher Dr. John Blosnich receives VA I Care award The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Program in the VA Office of Patient Care Services has awarded an I CARE certificate of excellence to Dr. John Blosnich, a VA health services researcher. 06-15-2018



VA Researcher Receives DAV Special Recognition Award

VA Researcher Receives DAV Special Recognition Award Dr. Elizabeth Yano was honored with the Disabled American Veterans' Special Recognition Award for her extensive research and work on behalf of the nation's women Veterans. 02-21-2018



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"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."

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Note: 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 Major Awards

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

1998 - Ferid Murad, M.D., Ph.D. - nitric oxide

1977 - Andrew W. Schally, Ph.D., M.D.h.c. (Multi), D.Sc.,h.c. - peptide hormone

1977 - Rosalyn Yalow, Ph.D. - radioimmunoassay

Lasker-DeBakey Award

2012 - Thomas Starzl, M.D. - liver transplantation

1976 - Rosalyn Yalow, Ph.D. - radioimmunoassay

1975 - William Oldendorf, M.D. - computerized tomography

1975 - Andrew Schally, Ph.D., M.D.h.c. (Multi), D.Sc.,h.c. - peptide hormone

1974 - Ludwig Gross, M.D. - leukemia; cancer-causing viruses

1971 - Edward D. Freis, M.D. - drug therapy for hypertension

1963 - Michael E. DeBakey, M.D. - cardiovascular surgery


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