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New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network


Syracuse/Bath/Canandaigua VA Medical Centers Research Programs

This web site is intended for VA Research staff.
The Syracuse VA Medical Center has a well-funded research and development program comprising both bench research and numerous clinical studies. This enables our Medical Center to provide effective state-of-the-art health care to our veteran population. The Syracuse VA has a working relationship with our affiliate, SUNY Upstate Medical University allowing us to develop a strong research program between the two institutions.

Our Basic Science program consist of research in the areas of chronic alcohol abuse in learning and memory loss and brain dysfunction, cocaine abuse and dependence associated with severe medical, psychological and social problems, understanding the nature of the brain's representation of visual information and from our understanding of our actual perceptual capacities, how adaptive and apoptotic responses are activated in keratinocytes and epithelial cell lines undergoing hypoxic stress.

Our Medical Center is also one of only 7 VA Medical Centers that has a Bio Safety Level (BSL) 3 Laboratory. We have an ongoing program working in the area of INH resistance mutations in mycobacteria.

The Syracuse VA Medical Center's Human Studies Program is involved in Hematology, Oncology, Hepatitis C, Substance Abuse, and Schizophrenia studies among others.

Grant Information**
Grants Office LLC*
Small Business Grants**
NIH Request for Proposals**
VA Research & Development
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs**
Research Program Development: Grant Writing*
All About Grants Tutorials: NIAID Research Funding**
About Research
Central New York Research Corporation
Education and Training
Documents and Forms

SUNY Upstate Medical University *

Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development
Douglas Walsh, M.D.
(315) 425-2471
Administrative Officer for Research & Development
Mike Kubala
(315) 425-4870
Syracuse VA Medical Center
800 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
Bath VAMC Contact
Administrative Officer COS
Michael J. Knight
(607) 664-4435
Bath VA Medical Center
76 Veterans Avenue
Bath, NY 14810
Canandaigua VAMC Contact
Administrative Officer for Research
Lisa Lochner
Canandaigua VA Medical Center
400 Fort Hill Avenue
Canandaigua, NY 14424

VA requires annual training for all VA researchers and their staff involved in VA-approved research. NOTE: individuals with WOC (Without Compensation) appointments are VA employees.

The following courses must be completed and documentation must be provided to the research office prior to beginning work on a research protocol and then annually thereafter. Most courses are available through this webpage.

Guide for CITI Courses: Log on *Due yearly by Date Last Completed
  • Click on Register for the CITI Course
  • From the Veterans Affairs drop-down menu, select Syracuse-528
  • Create user name and password and Submit
  • Provide the information requested and proceed to the course
1. Human Subjects Protection Training

    1. CITI and VA Human Subject Protection and Good Clinical Practice: CITI published revised refresher modules on March 31, 2013. ORD took this opportunity to make the VA CITI human subject research training requirements more flexible and compatible with affiliate CITI requirements. The revised VA curriculum has been loaded in CITI for all VA research programs and is now available for your use. All VA-specific coursework, except the Good Clinical Practices (GCP) modules, has been removed. Learners can choose the modules most applicable to their roles and interests in human subjects research.

      The new requirements are:
      • Initial Training. You must complete the 5 required GCP modules, plus your choice of 8 elective modules from a list of 18.
      • Refresher Training. You must complete the 6 required GCP refresher modules, plus your choice of 8 elective modules from a list of 32. The refresher training is required every two years after the initial training.

    1. HRPP Training: This course is only required once for staff who have contact directly with patients or personally identifiable data, all committee members and scientific reviewers. This course is available in PowerPoint format. The HRPP PowerPoint and support documents are available in the forms and documents section of the research website.

      Please sign the Verification Form HRPP document and submit it to the IRB Office for HRPP Training Credit.

2. Animal Training
    1. If you will be working with animals or supervise those who will be working with animals, it is mandatory that you to complete the web-based training entitled, Working with the VA IACUC and any species-specific web course that covers the species proposed for use at *.

    1. If you will be working with non-human primates, it is a requirement to complete the web-based training entitled, Working with Non-Human Primates in Research Settings at *, and to watch the DVD entitled, Primates, Protection and Personnel. This DVD is available in room D106.

    1. Husbandry Staff : Husbandry staff may access web-based training developed for them by AALAS at *.

3. Safety Training
    1. Laboratory Employees: It is a mandatory requirement for all new laboratory employees to accomplish chemical hygiene training with the Medical Center’s Environmental Engineer. Please contact Kevin Hartman, ext. 52423, to coordinate this training.

    1. Laboratory Employees: It is a mandatory requirement for all new laboratory employees to view the Radiation Safety Video if working in a laboratory that is licensed to use radiation. Please contact Gary Gamble, ext. 53594, to coordinate this training.

    1. Laboratory Employees: It is a mandatory requirement for all new laboratory employees to read the Research Service Safety Manual.

    1. Laboratory Employees: It is a mandatory requirement for all laboratory personnel to complete the Biosecurity Training at *.

  1. Fire Safety training will be conducted by your supervisor.

Please print all research education certificates. Keep a copy for your records and send copies to the VA Research Office, Mail Code #151 or fax to 315-425-4871 and provide a copy to your Principal Investigator.

Additional training may also be needed, as required by your responsibilities on the research protocol.


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