The Office of Research and Development aspires to create a research
environment that fosters scientific discovery, and thus improves the
health of veterans and their families. The Research Healthcare Group
mission and vision statements reflect the Healthcare System's
mission and vision statements and strategic plan. Services provided
by the Health Care Group are based on identified patient needs, and
sound scientific practices.
The Research Office is led by Christ Reist, M.D., MBA, Associate
Chief of Staff / Research and Development. Dr. Reist provides
overall guidance through the office of the Chief of Staff.
Mission: Promote cooperation between the R&D Office and the investigator to facilitate scientific discover and new knowledge.
Vision: Create a research
environment that fosters collaboration, integrity, creativity,
innovation, scientific discovery, and economic prosperity.
All research, including research involving VA patients, requires
stringent feasibility, resource, capacity, safety, and scientific
review. The Research and Development Committee, having delegated
responsibility for the integrity of research projects, must approve
all projects at a properly convened meeting.