Hefner VA to celebrate research week

  • Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 9:26 a.m.

The W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury will celebrate National VA Research Week on Wednesday, May 15, in the Building 6 Learning Center. Current and recent past research projects will be on display in the Learning Center foyer from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The keynote address will be given by Janet Niemeier, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., Carolina’s Healthcare System, on “Evidence-Based Interventions Following Traumatic Brain Injury” in building 6, Learning Center, noon-1 p.m.

“Over the decades, VA research, nationally, has led to many discoveries that helped to modernize American medicine and has saved countless lives. VA clinician-scientists particularly focus their research on the diseases and conditions that most often impact veteran lives”, said Robin Hurley, M.D., F.A.N.P.A., the Medical Center’s associate chief of staff for research and education. Each VA may have areas in which they have special expertise and research interests. Hurley further stated, “Areas of interest for research at the Salisbury VA Medical Center include post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), brain injury from blast-related exposures; schizophrenia, post-deployment mental health, tele-health, prostate cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer screen and gastroesophegeal reflux disease. The Salisbury VA is increasingly working with Wake Forest Baptist Health to add collaborative research projects that will continue to advance veterans’ healthcare. It is a very exciting time for Salisbury’s Research department.”

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