• June 1, 2016 The Idaho Veterans Research & Education Foundation (IVREF), a non-profit entity affiliated with the VA Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, announces Post-doctoral Research positions for an NIH-funded Center of Excellence in Emerging/Reemerging Infectious Diseases. Candidates Read More
  • June 1, 2016 The Idaho Veterans Research & Education Foundation, a non-profit entity affiliated with the Boise VA Medical Center, is recruiting an early-stage Basic Science Investigator to join an NIH-funded multi-disciplinary Collaborative Biomedical Research Center of Excellence Read More
  • Research Mission Statement Our mission is to continually improve the health of all veterans through basic science discoveries and clinical research studies. Investigators at the Boise VA have contributed to advancements in our understanding of aging, cancer, heart Read More
  • June 1, 2016 Researchers at the Idaho Veterans Research and Education Foundation and Boise VA Medical Center Awarded Major Scientific Research Grant from the National Institutes of Health Dr. Dennis Stevens, a world-renown clinician-scientist at the Boise VA Read More
  • Please contact us if you are interested in helping further scientific research in Boise, by applying to serve as an Officer of the IVREF Board. We are especially interested in diversifying our Board membership with individuals who have Read More
  • Read the latest IVREF Newsletter  Read More
  • RESEARCH SEMINAR Clinical Controversies Associated with the Prevention and Treatment of Inhalational Anthrax Dr. Nicholas Vietri Colonel, Medical Corps, US Army Chief, Dept. of Medicine Biological Defense Consultant to the Army Surgeon General Associate Professor of Medicine, USUHS Read More
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Researcher Spotlight

Dr. Bryant and Dr. Aldape head INBRE mentorship program at the Boise VAMC. The program includes an intensive undergraduate summer mentorship, as well as a staff level, multi-year post-graduate mentorship for career growth. Focus areas are in Infectious Disease (multiple strains of microbial pathogenesis, including toxin-producing, gram-positive pathogens).

Current Research

Analysis Of Circulating Phagocyte Activity Measured By Whole Blood Luminescence


Dr. Dennis L. Stevens The present study was undertaken to determine if measurement and analysis of phagocyte function are useful for diagnosis and staging of infection. Circulating phagocyte activity was measured in healthy volunteers and sequentially in patients with acute infections of different types and severity, including those with diabetes mellitus or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.


Using an automated luminescence system, these phagocyte functions were measured in whole blood: basal and phorbol 12-myristate i3-acetate (PMA)-stimulated oxidase activity, basal and PMA-stimulated simple dioxygenation (e.g., oxidase-driven haloperoxidase activity), and circulating and primed opsonin receptor-dependent dioxygenation. Multiple discriminant analysis of these data showed significant differences between healthy controls, diabetic patients, HIV-positive subjects, and patients with pneumonia or sepsis syndromes. Longitudinally, circulating phagocyte function correlated with clinical condition, severity of infection, and outcome. This methodology provides rapid, objective, and sensitive diagnostic and monitoring information for patients with infections.