Research is conducted to make progress and find new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent existing conditions in healthcare. Over 60% of all VA researchers are involved with clinical care as well. That is why research is so important and effective in the VA setting as clinicians are able to identify problems in healthcare and address it through their research. Our researchers publish in the world’s leading research and medical journals, even winning the Nobel Peace Prize for their work with the CT scan and nicotine patches; this research plays a key role in improving veteran’s lives.


The VA is proud of its major research accomplishments, and improvements in the healthcare systems are found weekly and are being published, taken into clinical settings and made a tremendous effect on our veteran’s and nation’s healthcare and heritage of service to Veterans and our nation.


VA Research has played a key role in advancing the health and care of virtually all Americans, leading to such innovations and advances as microelectronics and microchips used to create artificial limbs (prostheses), the nicotine patch to help people stop smoking, the cardiac pacemaker, the first successful liver transplant, the development of the CAT (or CT) scan, and several new drugs and treatments for diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and osteoporosis.


VA investigators have also pioneered advancements in the understanding and treatment of several mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorders.

Over nearly 4 decades, the Boise VA Medical Center’s Biomedical Research Program has made significant contributes to Veterans health and healthcare.


Investigators at the Boise VA have contributed to advancements in our understanding of aging, cancer, heart disease, nervous system disorders, lung function and infectious diseases.