Research Service - VA San Diego Healthcare System
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VA San Diego Healthcare System


Research Service

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

Several 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 $44.3 million in research funding in 2020
  • Over 250 principal investigators
  • Over 677 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

VA San Diego Healthcare System has several Research Opportunities.  For details, see link for Opportunities for Human Research Subjects.

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 $18 million annual budget
  • Partially funds 112 VA researchers
  • Is one of the largest of 84 active VA Foundations in the nation

Contact Info


  • San Diego VAMC
    6th Floor

Contact Number(s)

  • 858-552-8585 Ext. 7015

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.