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From the Acting Chief Research and Development Officer

  Timothy O'Leary, MD, PhD)
Timothy O'Leary, MD, PhD

Timothy O'Leary, MD, PhD

Welcome to the first issue of VA Research Quarterly Update (VARQU)! As part of our effort to communicate the accomplishments and ongoing work of VA researchers, we have created this quarterly electronic newsletter specifically with VA leaders and other key stakeholders in mind.

Every issue of VARQU will include information about new initiatives being undertaken by the Office of Research and Development (ORD); synopses of significant articles authored or co-authored by VA researchers that have appeared in prestigious scientific and medical journals; brief summaries of news articles about VA research and our researchers; and mentions of awards and honors our clinician-investigators have received in recent months. We'll also include a question-and-answer session with one or more of our scientists—sometimes, along with their collaborators from partnering agencies—on a timely issue.

Each of our e-newsletters will be organized around a theme related to improving care for Veterans, and most of the items you'll read about in that issue will be relevant to that theme. This issue focuses on Caring for the Returning Service Member.

Among the areas of investigation our researchers are vigorously pursuing are finding ways to address Veterans' mental health issues, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); continuing research into traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its treatment; developing and testing prosthetic components to optimize health and independence; and helping Veterans with polytrauma (multiple complex, severe injuries) to regain as much function, independence, and quality of life as possible.

I hope you find the information in this issue useful. Please feel free to email me or Mitch Mirkin in VA Research Communications ( if you have any comments on this issue or suggestions for future issues. Thank you for your interest in VA research.

Timothy O'Leary, MD, PhD
Acting Chief Research and Development Officer

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