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.
If you’re a Veteran—especially if you’re considering volunteering in a VA study—you should know that the highest priority of VA Research is protecting participants. Specifically, you should know about the five general “VA Research Principles” all clinical research in VA must adhere to, as stated below. (Of course, there are many detailed rules and guidelines that are followed besides these general principles.)
If you’d like to learn more about volunteering for a VA research study, check the additional menu options to the left, under “Joining a Research Study.” And you can learn about specific opportunities in the Find Studies to Join” box at the top right of this page.
Throughout the Veterans Health Administration, many dedicated researchers are working to improve the health and healthcare of Veterans. The following features highlight some of their recent work.