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About VA Research
Welcome to the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System (VASLCHCS) research homepage.For more than 90 years, the Veterans Affairs (VA) Research and Development program has been improving the lives of Veterans and all Americans through health care discovery and innovation.
The mission of VA Research is fourfold:
to improve Veterans' health and well-being via basic, translational, clinical, health services, and rehabilitative research;
to apply scientific knowledge to develop effective individualized care solutions for Veterans;
to attract, train, and retain the highest-caliber investigators, and nurture their development as leaders in their fields; and
to assure a culture of professionalism, collaboration, accountability, and the highest regard for research volunteers' safety and privacy
VA Research is unique because of its focus on health issues that affect Veterans. It is part of an integrated health care system with a state-of-the-art electronic health record and has come to be viewed as a model for superior bench-to-bedside research.
The research process in VA starts with a tight focus on the everyday health needs and concerns of Veterans, and with consultation with national and regional VA clinical leaders. Solutions are identified and developed through careful, rigorous research in labs and clinics, and sometimes in the community. These solutions are then applied to patient care, or translated into new or improved programs, as rapidly as possible.
The groundbreaking achievements of VA investigators—more than 60 percent of whom also provide direct patient care—have resulted in three Nobel prizes, seven Lasker awards, and numerous other national and international honors.
VA Research fosters dynamic collaborations with its university partners, other federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private industry—thus furthering the program's impact on the health of Veterans and the nation.
VA Mission Statement: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans. VASLCHCS aspires to this goal by providing exceptional health care improving the wellbeing of our Veterans.
VA Core Values: Our core values describe the culture of care that we want to provide to our Veterans. These core values are contained in the mnemonic I-CARE which stands for integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect, and excellence.