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Many of the titles are written for academically trained experts, but nonetheless, scanning the titles will communicate the breadth and depth of our research activities. All of PAVIR administered research is conducted at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.
Most studies are designed over a period of several months, and many project ideas are born based on many years of related work by the project director. Once a research proposal is submitted to a potential funding source for their consideration, researchers usually have to wait for months to hear about the review result. When a study is approved for funding, the study then undergoes internal review processes commensurate with the characteristics of a study. For example, studies using dangerous research materials have to pass a safety review. In all cases, the review is geared to include appropriate quality, safety, ethics, and cost/benefit assurances prior to engaging in the work. We view this multi-step review process as quality assurance. After all, much of our research is clinical research that includes the voluntary participation of Veterans – we agree that research with and for Veterans must follow strict guidelines.