Throughout its 25 years of existence, PAVIR has earned the reputation of being a responsive, nimble and supportive research partner.

PAVIR constantly explores process improvements to maximize resources to invest into our researchers’ work.  Based on this commitment to cost effective administration and management structures, PAVIR’s management expenses represent 14.9% of the total research program expenses.

PAVIR is guided by our purpose and values.  Being purpose driven often requires deeper understanding of individual laboratory needs and researchers’ preferences.  All PAVIR research participants – researchers, administrators, and other contributors – essentially share the same goal and this makes it possible to have significant impact.

PAVIR’s most important resources are the desire and the talent to make things work – to provide the necessary staff, services, and materials as needed.
Kerstin Lynam, Former CEO

Center for VA Palo Alto Clinical Research

Palo Alto VA hospital is a tertiary care and research center within the National VA Health System. The Center for VA Palo Alto Clinical Research or VAPACR is a unit dedicated to supporting clinical research endeavors.

The VAPACR supports clinical research through several mechanisms.

a. The VAPACR is a physical space where clinical research can be performed. This space allows subjects to have confidential and comfortable area while participating in research. It provides the researcher an area to perform interventions such as blood draws, medication administration and other procedures.

b. The VAPACR is a virtual resource. The VAPACR website provides a space to pool resources, education and support for researchers. Our website eases collaboration and sharing of resources.

c. The VAPACR provides a collaborative research community. The VAPACR supports face-to-face meetings between researchers and their teams within the Palo Alto VA system. These meetings allow for the dissemination of information and open up new collaborative avenues.

Common Equipment

Many research projects depend on access to highly specialized laboratory equipment.Following is a list of some of the PAVIR supported equipment.  The list is intended to facilitate easy access for all participants of our VA Palo Alto based research community.

ABI PRISM 7900HT Sequence Detection System

Agilent Bioanalyzer 2100

Agilent Ion-Trap Mass Spectrometer

AutoMACS Pro Separator by Miltenyi

Eppendorf epMotion Liquid Handling System

Benchtop Flow Cytometers

Cell Sorters

Fluidigm BioMark Multiplex Quantitative PCR System

LEICA CM3050S Microtome Cryostat

Luminex 200- Bead Array System

Mesoscale Discovery SECTOR Imager 2400

Zeiss 510 Scanning Laser Confocal Microscope

Zeiss 710 Scanning Laser Confocal Microscope

Zeiss Axio Imager D1