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Program news thumbnail VA's chief research officer to step down after eight years
Joel Kupersmith, MD, who has served as VA's chief research and development officer since 2005, is stepping down from the role this month. Kupersmith, a cardiologist and former medical school dean, is credited with several initiatives that have broadened the scope, impact, and efficiency of VA research ...
Key findings thumbnailFor Veterans with PTSD, videoconferencing proves effective for delivering therapy
Researchers at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System who compared conventional in-person psychotherapy to therapy delivered through videoconferencing found that the video method worked just as well for treating posttraumatic stress disorder in Veterans ...


thumbnail Study backs less frequent mammograms for most women
A study led by a VA investigator and involving more than 934,000 women found that most women face no extra risk if they get a screening mammogram every two years instead of every year ...


thumbnail'Mantram' technique benefits Veterans with PTSD
A simple "portable" meditative technique boosted spiritual well-being and self-efficacy among Vietnam-era Veterans with chronic posttraumatic stress disorder, reported researchers at the Society of Behavioral Medicine annual meeting in March ...


Journal scan Cancer answer-Shitake mushrooms are one of the ingredients in a natural compound called GCP, shown in VA lab studies to extend the benefits of a common treatment for metastatic prostate cancer. (Photo: iStockPhoto) Product made from soy and mushroom may aid in prostate cancer treatment
A natural, nontoxic product called genistein-combined polysaccharide, or GCP, which is sold in health stores, could help extend life for certain prostate cancer patients, suggested a study by researchers with VA and the University of California, Davis ...

Patient-focused care-Kevin Barrett, a nurse practitioner at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, sees  Veteran Alphonso Cox-Bey during a visit to the VAMC's newly opened Homeless Patient-Aligned Care Team clinic last summer. (Photo by Mike Molina) Study links new primary care model to fewer hospitalizations
In 2010, VA began moving to a new model of primary care called the Patient Aligned Care Teams or PACT. Now, a VA study has shown that patients at VA clinics that began adopting PACT features early on were at lower risk for avoidable hospitalizations, compared with patients at clinics that were slower to transition to the PACT model ...
Technology horizons Infection protection-Dr. Michael Riscoe and colleagues are developing a new drug to treat malaria. (Photo by Michael Moody) Anti-malaria drug shows success in lab tests
A new drug for malaria-which affects millions worldwide, include U.S. troops in some locations-is getting closer to clinical trials. VA's Technology Transfer Program is helping to lay the groundwork for the drug to eventually be brought to market ...

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Career milestones
David Atkins, MD David Atkins, MD, was named director of Health Services Research and Development for VA...

Hayden Bosworth, PhD Hayden Bosworth, PhD, received the 2013 Under Secretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research—the highest honor for a VA health services researcher...
Cynthia Brown, MD Cynthia Brown, MD, has won the 2013 Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation Award from the American Geriatrics Society...


Robert Farese, MD Robert Farese, MD, received the William S. Middleton Award from VA's Biomedical and Laboratory Research and Development Service...
Dennis Niewoehner, MDDennis Niewoehner, MD, is the recipient of the John B. Barnwell Award from VA's Clinical Research and Development Service...


Stephen Waxman, MD, PhDStephen Waxman, MD, PhD, received the 2013 Paul B. Magnuson Award from VA's Rehabilitation Research and Development Service...

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