Research and Development - VA North Texas Health Care System
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Research and Development

Welcome to Research and Development where we provide opportunities for clinical trials to improve the health and medical care of Veterans. More than 90 principal investigators and 400 research staff work daily to create advances in our understanding and treatments of diseases and disabilities that affect Veterans and the general population.

Areas of Study

We are creating cutting edge therapies in areas like PTSD, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and substance dependence. Researchers are working to understand and improve our treatment of cancer, kidney disease and HIV. In addition, they are working to improve the quality of life of Veterans with disabilities by creating innovative vocational rehabilitation techniques and designing the best care for homeless Veterans.

Get Involved and Stay Informed

Last year, more than 2,800 volunteered to participate in over 300 research studies at VA North Texas Health Care System. Learn how you can get involved and stay informed. See the full list of areas we are studying

Dallas VA Research Corporation

In 1990, Dallas VA Research Corporation (DVARC), a private, non-profit, research corporation, was founded on Dallas VA Medical Center grounds to administer VA-approved research and related education funding. Find out more about DVARC.

VA National Research and Development

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) ranks as one of the Nation's leaders in health research. Each year, dedicated researchers and volunteers work together on thousands of studies at VA medical centers, outpatient clinics and nursing homes. These studies have contributed significantly to advancements in health care for Veterans and other Americans.

VA North Texas Health Care System's Research and Development program is an important part of the national research mission of VA to improve the lives of Veterans through research.

Some of the Achievements of National VA Research are:

  • The development of microelectronics and robotics to create artificial limbs that look, feel and work more like natural arms and legs
  • The creation of the nicotine patch to help people stop smoking
  • Inventing the cardiac pacemaker
  • Performing the first successful liver transplant
  • Contributing to the development of the CAT (or CT) scan
  • Developing new drugs and treatments for diseases such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, Alzheimer's and osteoporosis

Learn more about the VA Research and Development Program.

Contact Info


  • Dallas VA Medical Center,
    Bldg 43

Contact Number(s)

  • 214-857-0242
  • 214-857-0104

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.