San Francisco VA Medical Center invites public to celebrate VA Research Week

The US Department of Veterans Affairs will celebrate National VA Research Week, May 7-13, 2006. As part of the nationwide observance, the San Francisco VA Medical Center invites the public to a series of lectures by SFVAMC principal investigators who are also on the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and state and national VA officials.

The program times, speakers, and topics are:


  • 12:00-12:10 pm Tom Johnson, Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs: "Opening Remarks"
  • 12:10-12:35 pm -- Carl Grunfeld, MD, PhD: "Anabolic Steroids: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"
  • 12:35-1:00 pm -- Kenneth Covinsky, MD, MPH: "Why the Elderly Become Disabled, and What Happens When they Do"


  • 12:00-12:30 pm -- Sandra Moody-Ayers, MD: "Parental Education Level Predicts Functional Decline in the Elderly"
  • 12:30-1:00 pm -- Karen Seal, MD, MPH: "Bringing the War Back Home: PTSD and Substance Abuse among Veterans Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan"


  • 12:00-1:00 pm -- Joel Kupersmith, MD, Chief of Research and Development, US Department of Veterans Affairs: "Update on VA Research Program"

"VA research is a national asset that benefits veteran patients and the entire nation by moving medical science forward," noted Lynn Pulliam, PhD, SFVAMC associate chief of staff for research and development. "VA investigators played key roles in developing devices and techniques that revolutionized health care, such as the cardiac pacemaker, the CAT scan, and liver and kidney transplants. Today, VA is a leader in many areas of research, including AIDS, mental health, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, infectious diseases, and spinal cord injury."

"VA research is good medicine at the San Francisco VA Medical Center," said SFVAMC Director Sheila Cullen. "We have the largest funded resear

Contact: Steve Tokar
415-221-4810 x5202
University of California - San Francisco

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