New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network
VA Western New York Healthcare System Research Service
Welcome to the VAWNYHS Research Department where we are dedicated to supporting our investigators and study staff. Resources and expertise are available throughout every step of the research process. If there are questions you have that are not answered easily via our website, please feel free to contact any of our research office personnel and we will be happy to assist you.
VA Western New York Healthcare System has a well-established history in conducting medical research. The implantable cardiac pacemaker was first developed at the Buffalo VA Medical Center starting in 1958 through a collaborative research effort involving Drs. William Chardack, Andrew Gage and engineer Wilson Greatbatch.
Much of the research conducted at VA Western New York Healthcare System is conducted in a 40,000 square foot research building. The facility provides a variety of common-core equipment and services. VAWNYHS also has dedicated clinical research space located in the main hospital.
VAWNYHS also works in collaboration with the Buffalo Institute for Medical Research, Inc. (BIMR). The BIMR is a not-for-profit research corporation that was established to facilitate the conduct of approved medical research at VA Western New York Healthcare System. Support of these activities is facilitated through the receipt and distribution of research funds originating from non-Department of Veterans Affairs sources. BIMR administers all phases of research and related educational activities supported by its holdings.