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Research Leadership:
C. Michael Hart, MD
Associate Chief of Staff/R&D
Atlanta VA Medical Center
1670 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 321-6111, Ext. 7772
Antonio J. Laracuente
Director, Research Operations
Atlanta VA Medical Center
1670 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 728-7740

The Atlanta Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center conducts a highly active research program which is near the top ten in the nation and is largely conducted by VA physician-scientists who are also faculty members at Emory University School of Medicine or Morehouse School of Medicine. The program is fortunate to include one of the national VA Rehabilitation Research Centers of Excellence, a growing Health Services and Clinical R&D research program, and research programs focused on medical and clinical problems, rehabilitation medicine and engineering, as well as health services and outcomes research. The research program involves over 400 projects conducted by 140 research investigators with support from more than 300 research associates and staff. These research projects cover a broad range of subjects, including bacterial infection; diabetes; development of new anti-HIV and -HBV (hepatitis) agents; low vision devices and aids; low vision and disequilibrium in the elderly; engineering and environmental design of facilities; genetics and regulation of bone growth and remodeling; developing gene therapy for diabetes; hormone action; kidney mechanisms of hypertension; growth factor interactions in lung development and disease; the genetics of cancer; control of blood vessel contraction; drug addiction; clinical anxiety and mood disorders; post-traumatic stress disorder; disorders of memory and cognition; and clinical management problems in hypertension, oncology, gastroenterology and pulmonary medicine. The total research budget exceeds $25,000,000 in direct costs per year, with approximately 1/3 funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the remainder funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and other sources. Laboratory research is performed in a 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility that offers laboratories and core areas to support a wide variety of multidisciplinary programs.