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North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System

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About the Research Program at NF/SG VHS


The North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System's Research and Development Program has been an active and productive service throughout its 36-year history. It is the goal of this program to continue to facilitate funded research that will significantly advance our understanding of the mechanisms of disease and will contribute to improved clinical practice and delivery of care to our Veterans.

Our VISN is committed to providing the most advanced quality of patient care, including the benefits gained from research, as stated in the Mission Statement of the North Florida/ South Georgia Veterans Health System (NF/SGVHS): to improve the health of our veteran population by providing the highest quality primary, specialty, and extended care in an integrated health care delivery system, enhanced by research and sustained by education.

Mission:
The mission of the Research Service is to achieve the clinical and biomedical research mission of the NF/SGVHS by engaging in the continuing search for knowledge that will benefit veterans and non-veterans.

Scope:
The Research Service at the NF/SGVHS is a major research program with more than 300 active projects being conducted by over 110 principal investigators, who generated approximately $8 million in VA grants alone in fiscal year 2004. The Research Service has approximately 51,050 square feet of laboratory space.

Among the many services afforded by the Research Service are efficient administrative and budgetary support for active research programs, information about current and future opportunities available through the Department of Veterans Affairs Research and Development Program, information about research policies and procedures so as to be in compliance with policies of the Office of Research and Development and the Office of Research Compliance and Assurance, assistance in developing competitive research proposals, and providing facilities and equipment for the conduct of research. In addition, the Research Service supports several oversight committees (Research and Development Committee, Subcommittee for Clinical Investigation, Subcommittee for Research Safety, and the Subcommittee for Animal Studies). The NF/SG VHS is affiliated with the University of Florida, which provides Institutional Review Board (IRB) support to the research program and reviews all protocols involving human studies research. Also in support of clinical research studies is an on-site Research Pharmacist.

Our VISN is committed to providing the most advanced quality of patient care, including the benefits gained from research, as stated in the Mission Statement of the North Florida/ South Georgia Veterans Health System (NF/SGVHS): to improve the health of our veteran population by providing the highest quality primary, specialty, and extended care in an integrated health care delivery system, enhanced by research and sustained by education.


 

RESEARCH CENTERS AT THE NORTH FLORIDA/SOUTH GEORGIA VETERANS HEALTH SYSTEM

 

NORTH FLORIDA FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATION, INC.

A nonprofit VA research and education foundation, the North Florida Foundation for Research and Education, Inc. (NFFRE), was established in 1997 to administer and facilitate research funded from non-VA sources.

 

FUNDING PROGRAMS AVAILABLE FOR INVESTIGATORS

Research Career Development awards provide salary and research support to physicians who have recently completed their clinical training and also now seek careers as physician-scientists. A Career Development Award 1 (CDA1) provides research training for clinician and non-clinician scientists who have little or no research experience. A Career Development Award 2 (CDA2) program is available to assist mentored, clinical faculty to become independent, funded investigators. The VA Research Career Scientist award is a highly selective program designed to sustain and enhance the research careers of established non-clinician scientists who have demonstrated commitment to Department of Veterans Affairs rehabilitation research. Finally, a Merit Review award is an intramural program supporting investigator-initiated research conducted by eligible VA investigators.

Information about these and other funding programs may be accessed through the VA's Research and Development Web site. NFFRE also initiates various research and training opportunities to benefit clinicians, researchers, and staff (e.g., NFFRE donated a colonoscopy simulator used to train medical residents and nurses).

Other NF/SGVHS Research Initiatives:  Center for Care Coordination and Home Telehealth

 

Contact Information 

Jawaharlal M. Patel, Ph.D.
Acting Associate Chief of Staff for Research
(352) 376-1611 extension 6448


Marie Johnson
Administrative Officer (AO)
(352) 376-1611 extension 6476

Helen Vaillancourt
Secretary to the Acting ACOS for Research 
(352) 376-1611 extension 4981

 

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