Bay Pines VAHCS to Highlight Medical Advancements in Research during National VA Research Week - Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
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Bay Pines VAHCS to Highlight Medical Advancements in Research during National VA Research Week

May 15, 2017

BAY PINES, FL -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will celebrate 92 years of research excellence during National VA Research Week, May 15-19, 2017.  As part of the nationwide observance, the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) will conduct a Research Day event at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center on May 17 from 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The activity will take place in the JC Cobb room located on the first floor of building 100.

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The program theme is “VA Research – Bridging the Gap: Translating scientific discoveries into improved health care for Veterans” and will include poster presentations and lectures highlighting local research activities and studies in the areas of Veteran engagement, research funding, mental health, nursing, women’s health, clinical research, basic science research, and more.  

"VA research is a national asset that benefits Veteran patients and the entire nation by advancing healthcare knowledge and practice,” said Dr. Allison Williams, Associate Chief of Staff for Research, Bay Pines VAHCS. "VA investigators have played key roles in developing devices and techniques that have 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, nursing, genomics, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, infectious diseases, and spinal cord injury."

VA conducts biomedical, rehabilitation, clinical, and health services research – as well as large, multi-center clinical trials – at more than 100 medical centers across the country. Active areas of study at the Bay Pines VAHCS include (but are not limed to) neurological disorders, cardiology, mental health, audiology, infectious disease, dermatology, pulmonology, oncology and long-term care.

To learn more about VA Research and VA Research Week, please visit:

NOTE: This event is open for media coverage. For advanced information, please contact Jason Dangel, Public Affairs Officer, at 727-398-9531 or email

About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 4,000 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The organization is the fifth busiest VA health care system in the country in terms of patients served and is accredited by The Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and several other nationally recognized accrediting organizations. The Bay Pines VAHCS 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. To learn more, please visit, like us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter at