Office of Research & Development

National VA Research Week Events: May 13 - 17, 2019





Albuquerque, NM

May 14-16

Ronald Brassford

Presenters at display tables in the lobby of the main hospital; 5/16: Researcher seminar on Excoskeletal-assisted walking device, scientific poster displays, and presentation on new electronic IRB submission system.

Atlanta, GA


Gregory Kendall

4/22: Presentation by VAMC Director for 'VA Research Volunteer of the Year'.  5/14: Focus on research participant recruitment including MVP, poster displays, and tour of Clinical Studies Center on 11th floor.

Baltimore, MD

May 15&16

Rosalia Scalia

5/15: 9-12, Public Education Research Fair for Veterans and community members (lobby balcony); 5/16: 9-10am, Compliance and funding workshop for researchers; 10-2, symposium, research presentations.

Bay Pines, FL


Selina Meines

10-2: Interactive poster sessions, information displays, weekly bulletin announcements, videos on cctv, research banner at hospital entrance, coordinate activities with nursing research.

Birmingham, AL

May 16&17

Jeffrey Hester

5/16: Veteran outreach activities in Clinic including listing of all studies, posters, handouts, and a True/False game for Veterans; 5/17: 11:30am, Speakers in the auditorium including Dr. Michael Birrer, Dir of comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB, Dr. James Lillard, Assoc Dean for Research Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Hadiyah Green, Funded VA Investigator, and guest speakers from VACO.

Boston, MA


Pallas Wahl

Research lectures in the morning, poster session in afternoon at the W Roxbury Elks Club, with raffle tickets and door prizes. A research service personnel honors and recognition ceremony; followed by an award presentation of the Kevin Rys II Award for Excellence in Research to the BHS Chief of Staff and the ACOS/R. AGENDA

Buffalo, NY

May 15-16

Evangeline Conley

5/16 - Keynote presentation on 'Myocardial Viability..' by Dr. John Canty; 5/17 - Poster presentations with research investigators present for Q&A; poster contest and awards to follow.

Chicago, IL

May 13-17

Valerie Creedon

5/13: N-2pm, Veterans forum, a presentation for patients; 5/14: 1-3:30pm, Speakers; 5/15: N-2pm, Integrative medicine showcase with speakers and exhibits; 5/16: N-3:30pm, Poster session, speakers and researcher presentations; 5/17: N-2pm, Third annual innovation forum. AGENDA

Detroit, MI

May 16-17

Alysse Mengason

5/16: Poster presentations at Noon in the VAMC multi-purpose room and will include presentations by the researchers; 5/17: Research appreciation luncheon for research staff.


May 16-17

Will J. McCullough

Research tables, basket raffle, and guest speakers.

Gainesville, FL

Oct. 4

Cindy Snook

Speakers and exhibits in the auditorium.

Hampton, VA

May 13-17

John Rogers

5/13-14: the new multi-site Non-Profit Corp, Baltimore Research & Education Foundation (BREF), will conduct leadership meetings in conjunction with the IRB, R&DC, researchers, and academic affiliates. 5/15: 12-2pm, Common Rule Training; 5/16, 12-1pm, 'How to submit a research project' seminar, followed by a Meet & Greet and research information tables.

Hines, IL


Richard Fox

Keynote speaker Dr. Terri Gleason will present, along with Dr. Miriam Smyth, a listening tour from 10am-Noon; research speakers from 1:30-3:30pm; exhibit tables in front lobby. AGENDA

Houston, TX

May 14&17

Maureen Dyman

5/14: 7:3-9am, Opening ceremony, speakers, and research equipment showcase, breakfast, and tour of labs; 2-4pm, Social mixer for research service line faculty and staff; 5/17: 9-11am, Research expo for Veterans with posters and door prizes.

Iowa City, IA

Apr 27 & May 17

Bryan Clark

4/27: Poster session, mini-symposia for postdoc/graduate students, keynote lecture by Dr. Christopher P. Austin, Dir. Of Nat. Cntr for Advancing Translational Science at NIH; 5/17: open house featuring research projects and Centers, highlight poster winners from 4/27.

Las Vegas, NV

May 13-17

Charles Ramey

5/13: 11-1:30pm, Poster presentations; 5/14: Research information tables in the lobby.

Leavenworth KS


Joseph Burks

VA Eastern Kansas, Leavenworth and Topeka, highlighting clinical trials and precision medicine biobanking efforts; 5/16: town hall meeting; super-recruitment events for MVP and All of Us programs.

Long Beach, CA

May 14-16

Richard Beam

5/14: Career Development Award program guest speaker, Dr. Ken Myrie; 5/15: Cooperative Studies Program seminar; 5/16: Lecture by guest speaker Dr. Shlomit Aizik, Dir. Of UCI Genomic Research Cntr; poster presentations.

Manchester, NH

May 13-17

Kristin Pressly

Daily research messages on facility-wide screens, 5/17: Noon, Guest speaker in the VAMC Solarium - Dean Kamen, DEKA Research. FLYER

Miami, FL


Shane Suzuki

Poster session & plenary lecture with Dr. Wael El Rifai, Senior Research Career Scientist.

Milwaukee, WI


Garu Kunich

Poster presentations, displays and demonstrations at the south entrance of the hospital, including a scavenger hunt and free popcorn.

Minneapolis, MN


Ralph Heussner

Speakers from Noon-3:30pm w/ keynote speaker Dr. Ramoni; poster sessions and demonstration tables with current research topics and investigators. AGENDA

Oklahoma City, OK

May 13-17

Stacy Rine

5/13 & 5/16: 1-4pm, Research training with RCO, ISO, IRB, and Research Service; 5/14: 10-12, Research poster displays and video; 5/15: 12:3-2pm, Research appreciation; 5/17: 12-2pm, Research poster display and Research Fair with Veterans and non-profits.

Philadelphia, PA

May 14&16

Jonathan Hodges

5/14: Informatin tables by the hospital entrance; 5/16: Research building walk through in the a.m., highlighting the labs that host the Center for Neurotrauma on the 2nd and 5th floor; Presentations for Veterans and staff in the afternoon in the theater, that will focus on suicide prevention, intimate partner violence, musculoskeletal issues, TBI, PTSD, and sleep disorders.

Phoenix, AZ

May 13-17

Cynthia Dorfner

5/13: 8-11am, Outreach tables; 5/14: 8-11am, Poster presentations; 5/15: 11-12:30, Poster presentations at Univ of AZ Downtown Campus and speakers at UofA-PHX from 1-3 pm; 5/16: 11:30am-12:30pm Luncheon & band.

Pittsburgh, PA

May 13-17

Kathleen Pomorski

Kickoff event to include the Young Investigator Contest sponsored by the Veterans Research Foundation of Pittsburgh along with research poster displays. Remarks by speakers, scientists, and Veterans who have participated in research studies will focus on achievements at the VAPHS. Events will be followed by a luncheon where awards will be presented to the Young Investigator winner as well as to outstanding staff members. 

Portland, OR


Daniel Herrigstad

Guest speakers, researcher presentations, poster displays and refreshments in sky walk.

Providence, RI

May 13-17

Winfield Danielson, III

Information tables each day in main lobby; 5/14: lunch, movie and popcorn; 5/15: 1:3-4pm, poster presentation and symposium; 5/16: speakers including Dr. Jennifer Primack as keynote speaker.

Reno, NV

May 13-17

Glenna Smith

Focus on recruiting for the Million Veteran Program with guest speakers and presentations to the CBOCs.

San Juan, PR

May 14,16,17

Rafael Contreras

5/14: Opening ceremony with speakers and music; 5/16: Tea and coffee chat; 5/17: Introductory research program graduation with special planned activities.

Sioux Falls, SD


Shirley Redmond

tentative date is 5/24 with a research open house, poster presentations with researchers, a Lunch & Learn session for staff, and an additional poster session with academic partners at a later date.

St. Louis, MO


Marcena Gunther

Speakers include a keynote by Dr. William Powderly, J. William Campbell Professor of Medicine. Dr. Wade Martin, staff physician, will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award; Research Committee members will also be recognized during the event. AGENDA

Tucson, AZ


Stanley Holmes

A research week resource fair will be held in the R.E.Lindsey auditorium and include slide show/videos, speakers, and research information tables.

Tuscaloosa, AL

May 13-17

Damon Stevenson

Open house on 5/14, N-2pm, including door posters, study abstracts, manuscripts and other creative work.

West Haven, CT

May 13-17

Pamela Redmond

Poster presentations, informational sessions about research, and an information table in the rotunda area.

West Palm Beach, FL

May 16-17

Kenita Gordon

5/16: Dr. Robert Getzenberg, Associate Dean for Research at Nova SE Univ, will present on 'Biomedical Research in the Evolution of Healthcare'; Poster presentations on evidence-based practices, quality assurance/quality improvement, and capstone projects for trainees.


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