Research and Development - Cincinnati VA Medical Center
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Cincinnati VA Medical Center


Research and Development

About the Program

The Cincinnati VA Medical Center (CVAMC) has a large, well-funded research and development program including studies in:

  • Biomedical Research
  • Health Services Research
  • Clinical and Cooperative Studies
The Cincinnati VA Medical Center has full accreditation for its Human Subjects Protection Program.

The mission of our research program is to conduct investigations that will improve the health care of Veterans. To accomplish this mission, we host research in a broad spectrum of medical fields that spans from basic laboratory research to clinical trials.

The CVAMC research program is closely interfaced with the diverse research program at both Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati.  We are also a partner in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training.  The close proximity and shared high regard for research among these institutions provides a mutually beneficial academic and clinical environment that strives for research excellence. The University of Cincinnati Medical Institutional Review Board (IRB) serves as the Cincinnati VA Medical Center's IRB of record.

The Cincinnati VA Clinical Research Unit (CRU) is an institutionally supported center for clinical research studies in adult subjects. This joint endeavor of the Cincinnati VAMC and the University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital has been in operation since 2003. With the funding of the CTSA in 2009, and ongoing support from the Cincinnati VAMC, the VA CRU is now anchored as a formal component of the research infrastructure next to the Academic Medical Center campus. The VA CRU consists of 3,000 square feet of dedicated research space located on the 4th floor of the Cincinnati VAMC. Included in this space are two monitored rooms; a phlebotomy and sample processing laboratory with refrigerated centrifuge; a nurse station; and 5 outpatient rooms fitted with computers that link to CPRS (computerized patient records system). The unit is supported by an investigational drug pharmacy and includes additional space for temporary sample storage with –20º and –80º freezers.

Services Offered

The Research Service is located on the fourth floor, east wing of Building 1, in Room B420. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Research Service coordinates submissions of all VA research proposals, and is responsible for the administration of all ongoing research programs, regardless of the source of fiscal support.
Research Service provides the clerical and administrative assistance necessary to maintain all VA research committees including Research and Development (R&DC), Subcommittee for Research Safety (SRS), and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The Research Office at the VA is dedicated to assist researchers with grant submission and preparation, budgets, regulatory issues, scheduling and managing of research visits. Clinical trials administration is also available through the VA Research Service. Complete individual research files are maintained in the Research Service for each protocol approved by the R&DC.

We have approximately 220 active research projects currently being conducted at our medical center in areas such as —

  • Infectious Disease
  • Autoimmune Disorders & Rheumatology
  • Cardiology
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Pulmonary Diseases
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Kidney Disease (Nephrology)
  • Neurology / Ocular Diseases
  • Urology
  • Schizophrenia and other Psychiatric Disorders

For Researchers

The CERV Foundation  is a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation, established in 1991 by Congressional mandate which is associated with the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. CERV’s purpose is to facilitate research and educational activities involving patients, database, personnel, and facilities at the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center. CERV provides support for researchers and educators with assistance in grant application, management, accounting, compliance, insurance, human resources, equipment purchase and maintenance.

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Contact Info


  • Medical Research Service 151, Rm B420
    3200 Vine Street
    Cincinnati, OH 45220

Contact Number(s)

  • 513-475-6328

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Friday
    7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.