Research domain

SCIRE’s researchers are leading studies in a variety of areas, all of which are included in the VA’s research mission.

SCIRE usually has about 200 active studies in its portfolio. Below is a broad overview of our research:

Biomedical Laboratory Research

Biomedical laboratory research supports and conducts preclinical research to understand life processes from the molecular, genomic, and physiological levels for the purpose of advancing science and the understanding of how diseases affect Veterans. This is accomplished by exploring biological or physiological principles in humans or animals through intramural funding mechanisms and career development programs that support talented individual researchers who are working in areas of particular importance to improving the well-being of our nation’s Veterans. Biomedical laboratory research includes pre-clinical models and investigations of tissues, blood or other biologic specimens from humans. It supports tissue banking, and the development of substantial medical databases through national voluntary research studies such as the Million Veteran Program (MVP), an innovative genomics study that partners with Veterans receiving care through the VA Long Beach Healthcare System to determine the impact genes may have on health.

SCIRE advances science to empower Veterans to improve their well-being through the trusted relationships it has built and continues to develop among innovative and creative scientists, medical professionals, and a wide range of medical research stakeholders. It is a self-renewing organization that provides seamless and integrated support to attract extraordinary talent in an effort to advance science through an uncompromising commitment to quality, creativity, diversity, productivity, and efficiency.

Clinical Science Research

Clinical science research supports research focusing on intact human beings as the unit of examination. Examples include interventional and effectiveness studies, clinical, epidemiological and technological studies. Clinical science research supports a diverse portfolio of clinical trials from small single-site studies to large multisite definitive trials. In addition to conducting multisite clinical trials and system-wide epidemiological investigations, SCIRE also provides infrastructure support for the Million Veteran Program.