Research - San Francisco VA Health Care System
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San Francisco VA Health Care System



The San Francisco VA Medical Center has a large, well-funded research and development program including studies in:

  • Biomedical research
  • Health services
  • Clinical and cooperative studies
  • Rehabilitation

It has the largest funded research program in the Veterans Health Administration with more than $70 million in annual research expenditures. Areas of particular interest are: prostate cancer, aging, oncology, hypertension, stroke, cardiovascular disease, Hepatitis C, breast cancer, PTSD, substance abuse, neuroscience disease, health services research, and advanced medical imaging.

The Medical Center has four Medical Science Research Enhancement Award Programs (REAP) in neurology research, prostate cancer, bone research, and rehabilitation research; and one HSR&D REAP in aging research.

It is one of the few medical centers in the world equipped for studies using both whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy, and is the site of VA’s National Center for the Imaging of Neurological Diseases .

Over 220 active research projects are currently being conducted at San Francisco VAMC.

In 1988, the  Northern California Institute of Research and Education (NCIRE)*, a private, non-profit, research corporation, was founded on the San Francisco VA Medical Center grounds to administer VA-approved research and related education funding.

Research Studies

Veterans can participate in a number of ongoing research studies and protocols. Learn more.


 (*By clicking on these links, you will leave the Department of Veterans Affairs web site.)