Discovery & Innovation for Veterans’ Health



VA Research Day

Bench research

It is estimated that 3.1 million veterans nationwide suffer from heart disease. A cause of heart disease is atherosclerosis – a buildup of fatty deposits that clog your arteries – the critical pathways that circulate your blood.  Clogging these arteries and blockages are a major cause of stroke, heart attack and other heart disease including a condition called peripheral arterial disease (PAD).  PAD is the clogging of arteries that supply blood to legs, feet and arms – even your brain.  Left untreated your tissues in these areas die and cause gangrene.

Dr. Bill Fay, a long-time cardiologist and physician-scientist at the Harry S Truman VA Hospital and at the University of Missouri recently opened a research study in his VA lab that seeks to understand the effects of how certain types of drugs assist the body’s ability in altering altering PAD and its effectiveness as a possible treatment.

For this project the TVAMRF staff partnered with the study sponsor and Dr. Fay to manage the contract and budget processes as well as work with the various VA compliance departments to get the study underway. more…

Clinical Trials

A 2012 VA study reports that approximately 40,000 cancer cases are treated by the VA each year.  One of these cancers is called Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).  AML is a type of cancer in which bone marrow makes abnormal white blood cells, platelets or red blood cells.  There is a need to understand how different risk groups who are diagnosed each year react to their treatment medications.  This study will help predict outcomes and treatment patterns based on various factors.

Dr. Suzanne Patton, a clinical cancer physician at the Harry S Truman Memorial VA Hospital, has recently opened a type of study called a registry study to ask study volunteers for information to help better understand the effect of different treatments have on a patient’s disease and quality of life.

TVAMRF collaborated with Dr. Patton and the study sponsor to navigate the budget, research contract and protocol through the various VA compliance offices.  We are also providing the study coordinators to assist Dr. Patton with the collection of data and contact with the patients as the study begins recruitment. more…

TVAMRF Supported Research

at the Truman VA
Bench Research & Clinical Trials

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