About NWIHCS Research
VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System presents a rich environment for the conduct of research. The Omaha VA Medical Center is home to clinical, human and animal research programs conducted through Research Service. It is affiliated with Creighton University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center and has a strong academic mission in addition to its wide range of clinical programs.
Research Service, in conjunction with VA NWIHCS leadership, is committed to fostering a strong research community with the highest levels of ethical standards. Over the past several years, attention has focused on increasing the resources necessary to support the research endeavor, developing a comprehensive Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) and requiring ongoing education for all involved in research.
The Omaha VA Medical Center Research Service has been serving Veterans in rural and urban settings for more than 60 years in the following types of research:
Three major focus areas of research at NWIHCS:
Additional areas of research include work in Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Liver Disease, Immunology, Endocrine/Diabetes/Obesity, Pulmonary Airway Inflammation and COPD, Rheumatology Arthritis, Infectious Disease, Orthopedic Rehabilitation, GI Physiology (obesity emphasis), Surgical Wound Healing, Cancer Treatment Trails, Reproductive Endocrinology, Videolaryngoscopy and Virtual Perioperative Care, Vascular Diseases/gait, Dental Prosthetics, Quality of Care and Patient Safety. Conducting research on each of these areas which impact on the health and care of veterans is consistent with the NWIHCS and VA mission.
Approximately 160 studies are being conducted at the Omaha VA Medical Center by about 60 principal investigators and more than 400 research personnel within VA and its academic affiliates. The research done at VA NWIHCS is supported by a variety of funding sources including: