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Bay Pines VA to Celebrate National VA Research Week May 13-17

May 10, 2013

BAY PINES, Fla. – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will celebrate National VA Research Week May 13-17, 2013. As part of the nationwide observance, the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System will conduct a recognition ceremony and research fair from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on May 13. The event will take place in the JC Cobb room located on the first floor of the main medical center building.

The program will include a short awards ceremony, presentations, poster displays and demonstrations by leading Bay Pines VAHCS research experts.

"VA research is a national asset that benefits Veteran patients and the entire nation by moving medical science forward," said Dr. Allison Williams, Associate Chief of Staff for Research, Bay Pines VAHCS. "VA investigators play key roles in developing devices and techniques that revolutionized health care – including the cardiac pacemaker, the CAT scan, Shingles vaccine, liver and kidney transplants, and much more. Today, VA is a leader in many areas of research, such as AIDS, mental health, genomics, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, infectious diseases, and spinal cord injury."

The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System Research & Development (R&D) Service administers a sizable and complex research program comprised of medical, rehabilitation, health sciences, and research and development programs. The service is supported by approximately $500,000 in VA research appropriated funds and nearly $600,000 non-VA funds.

Areas of clinical research interests at Bay Pines include: audiology and speech pathology (speech recognition, hearing aid); psychosocial behavioral science (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sexual trauma); diseases of the heart, lung and respiratory system (such as the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, asthma); infectious diseases (Sepsis, HIV/AIDS); neurological disorders (Alzheimer's); cancer (lung and prostate cancer) and wound healing. Basic laboratory science research is contributing to biomedical knowledge in the areas of prostate cancer, neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer"s and Parkinson's), aging, spinal cord injury, nephrology and inflammatory processes.

For more information about the event, or to schedule an interview with a researcher, please contact Jason Dangel, Public Affairs Officer, at 727-398-9531.

About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 3,500 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The Bay Pines VA is accredited by The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The healthcare system is also a three-time winner of the Robert W. Carey Circle of Excellence Award, the VA's top honor for quality achievement. The healthcare system operates nine facilities to include the main medical center located in Bay Pines and outpatient clinics located in Bradenton, Cape Coral, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Sebring. Every year Bay Pines VAHCS treats nearly 100,000 Veterans while providing a full range of high quality medical, psychiatric, and extended care services in outpatient, inpatient, nursing home, and home care settings. For more information about the Bay Pines VAHCS, please visit or "like" us on Facebook at