McGuire VA Medical Center has a vibrant research program. The research program is clinically oriented; 70% of the funding is for direct patient studies. Seventy investigators conduct over 200 research studies. Clinical research focus areas include hepatitis C, diabetes and lipid disorders. Basic research focus areas include molecular oncology, cardiology, multiple sclerosis, central nervous system, and regulation of bile acids and biliary cholesterol.
The Medical Center also participates in the DoD/VA Brain Injury research program. The polytrauma research protocol entitled, “Epidemiological Study of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Sequelae Caused by Blast Exposure During Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom” was funded by DoD for 5 years beginning in September 2008. Additional growth has been noted in Rehabilitation Research programs involving Spinal Cord Injury and Polytrauma.
The Richmond research program is fully accredited by the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).