United States Department of Veterans Affairs

VA NY Harbor Healthcare System

Annual VA Research Day at Brooklyn Campus
March 15, 2010

This year VA New York Harbor Healthcare System Research Day will be held on March 31, 2010, at the Brooklyn Campus under the national theme "VA Research: 85 Years of Discovery, Innovation, and Advancements." The VA New York Harbor Healthcare System Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development, Dr. Mohamed Boutjdir, said that a key purpose of the annual VA Research Day is to inform Veterans and their families about ongoing research conducted by clinicians and researchers primarily from the VA and also from affiliated medical schools to reinforce their understanding of VA's commitment to advancing discovery in medicine and applying these advances to benefit patients.

A second goal is to create an environment where colleagues from within the same campus and from other campuses and affiliates can meet, exchange ideas and potentially form professional partnerships. Dr. Boutjdir said VA Research Day will include a wide-ranging program. This year the day will open with a welcoming session hosted by the Acting Medical Center Director, Martina Parauda, the Chief of Staff, Dr Michael Simberkoff, and Dr. Mohamed Boutjdir. The program will focus on oral and poster presentations related to research in cancer, mental health, pulmonary medicine, gastroenterology, surgical oncology, optometry, renal diseases, blood pressure control and cardiology. Dr. Boutjdir pointed out that the keynote speaker this year will be Dr Jeffery S. Borer, Professor and Chairman, Department of Medicine and Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, and Director, Institute for Cardiovascular Translational Research and The Howard Gilman Institute for Heart Valve Disease at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, an affiliate of the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System. Dr. Borer will speak on "Therapy for Aortic Regurgitation: Hypothesis Generation and the Process of Research." VA Research Day will be held from 8:30am-4:00am in the Brooklyn Campus 2nd Floor Assembly Room 2-415, 800 Poly Place, Brooklyn, New York 11209.