United States Department of Veterans Affairs

VA San Diego Healthcare System


Research and Development 

The VA San Diego Healthcare System’s Research & Development Service is one of the largest programs in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Four VASDHS investigators have received the William S. Middleton Award – the highest national VA research award – for their cutting edge and influential contributions to the study of kidney function, HIV/AIDS, alcohol/drug addiction and memory.

Among the largest research programs in the VA system:

  • Over $55 million in research funding in 2011
  • Over 200 principal investigators
  • Over 500 research projects

Improving Patient care:

  • Research focuses on Veteran health issues
  • Staff stay abreast of medical breakthroughs
  • Research attracts top quality physicians
  • Participation in many large scale clinical studies

Areas of Research:

  • Alcoholism & Addiction
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Dermatology
  • Diabetes
  • Geropsychiatry
  • Hearing Loss
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Liver Disease
  • Lung Disease
  • Memory
  • Mood Disorders
  • Nursing
  • OEF/OIF/OND Veteran Issues
  • Pain Management
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Shingles Vaccine
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke
  • Telemedicine
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Special research programs:

  • Center of Excellence for Stress & Mental Health (CESAMH)
  • Health Services Research & Development (HR&SD)
  • Mental Illness Rehabilitation, Education, and Clinical Centers (MIRECC)
  • VA Women’s Health Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN)
  • Consortium on Spinal Cord Injury
  • Million Veterans Program
  • Center for Metabolic Research*
  • Center for AIDS Research*
  • Center on Interoceptive Dysregulation in Addiction*

* UCSD/VA San Diego Collaboration

For more information call (858) 552-8585, extension 7015.

The Veterans Medical Research Foundation (VMRF)

Founded as a non-profit corporation in 1989, it administers additional funds for research studies at the VA San Diego Healthcare System.

  • Over $20 million annual budget
  • Partially funds 112 VA researchers
  • Is one of the largest of 84 active VA Foundations in the nation

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Research Opportunities


VASDHS William S. Middleton Award Recipients


VA Research & Development


VA Research Currents


“Our world-class research program benefits from strong partnerships with University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, other VA facilities, and the Department of Defense.  We have  some of medicine’s brightest minds that help us make important discoveries that not only improve our Veteran patients’ lives, but also benefit society as a whole.”

 Associate Chief of Staff R&D, Gerhard (Gery) Schulteis, PhD