Office of Research & Development

Network of Dedicated Enrollment Sites (NODES)

The Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is sponsoring an initiative referred to as the Network of D edicated Enrollment Sites (NODES). The goal is to establish a consortium of VA medical centers (VAMCs) that have teams (nodes) in place dedicated to conducting CSP studies to enhance the overall performance, compliance and management of CSP multi-site research. In addition, the nodes will work together to share best practices and provide local insights to CSP Central Office and CSP Centers on study design and related considerations that can help with study management and conduct. Further, each node will create a stronger local community of clinical research.

The nine nodes and their directors, selected through a competitive scientific review, are:

  • Dallas – Eric Mortensen, M.D., M.Sc., James LePage, Ph.D.
  • Hines – David Leehey, M.D.
  • Houston – Panagiotis Kougias, M.D., M.SC.
  • Long Beach – Timothy Morgan, M.D.
  • Minneapolis – Frank Lederle, M.D.
  • Palo Alto – Trisha Suppes, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Portland – Merritt Raitt, M.D.
  • Salt Lake City – Daniel Clegg, M.D.
  • San Diego – Robert Henry, M.D.

For more information, contact CSPNODES@va.gov.


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