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VA Puget Sound Health Care System


Research and Development at VA Puget Sound

Research and Development plays a vital role in the Department of Veterans Affairs mission, and nowhere is this more evident than in the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. The R&D program – the 5th largest in the VA – reflects VA Puget Sound’s commitment to providing the highest quality care to its Veterans.

Currently we have over 700 active research projects. And our affiliation with the University of Washington School of Medicine and collaboration with Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research (SIBCR) are integral to the ongoing discoveries that improve care to our Veterans.

Principal Investigators represent virtually every major clinical department, including: Traumatic Brain Injury & Multiple Blast Exposures, Memory Improvement & Alzheimer's Disease, PTSD & Deployment Health, Parkinson’s Disease, Diabetes, Cancer, Substance Abuse, Lower Limb Prosthetics, Genomics, and Health Services.  Funding includes sponsors from VA, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, private industry and the non-profit sector.

The effects of a strong R&D program go well beyond recruitment of high-quality clinical staff. Patients at this institution have access to the latest pharmaceutical therapies and diagnostic techniques; the quality of "routine" care is enriched by the personal commitment of staff to increase their professional capabilities and to actively contribute to the advancement of their fields.

Centers of Excellence & Special Emphasis Programs

  • Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
  • Northwest Center for Outcomes Research in Older Adults (HSR&D)
  • Northwest Hepatitis C Field Based Resource Center
  • Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC)
  • Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence
  • Center of Excellence for Limb Loss Prevention and Prosthetics Engineering (RR&D)
  • Epidemiologic Research & Information Center (ERIC)
  • Center of Excellence for Substance Abuse Treatment & Education (CESATE)
  • Alzheimer's Research Center
  • Diabetes/Endocrinology Research Center

Mental Health and R&D Building

VA Puget Sound’s spectacular new $121.6 million, 220,000 sq. ft. Mental Health and Research Building (101) openned its doors in March 2019. It brings its Seattle facility on par with the expert patient-centered care it’s been delivering to Veterans for the past 96 years.  The focus was on blending the latest technologies with environmentally sustainable design elements to enhance patient care, promoting a welcoming and healing environment for our nation’s Veterans and the staff who care for them. Consolidating many of the VA Puget Sound research programs into one central location enhances collaboration and synergy as the space is designed specifically to meet the needs of each research unit, who had a direct hand in the design. The upgraded facilities and equipment to state-of-the-art levels will enhance its abilities to push the boundaries of medicine to ensure Veterans receive the best care possible.

Are you a Veteran interested in participating in our R&D program?  

Veterans interested in learning more about opportunities to participate in our R&D program are encouraged to reach out to us at VAPugetSoundResearch@Va.Gov (as a reminder, please don't send protected health information over email). You can also visit to learn more about clinical studies conducted around the world.

Research and Development
VA Puget Sound Health Care System
1660 S. Columbian Way 
Mailstop 151
Seattle, WA 98108

206.277.1417 or VAPugetSoundResearch@Va.Gov (please don't send protected health information over email)

R&D operates during normal business hours (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.), Monday-Friday.