• 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,

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  • 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

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  • 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

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On May 17th, the Boise VA Research Department, with the help of the Idaho Veterans Research & Education Foundation (IVREF), celebrated National VA Research Week 2017. 


The department hosted guest and keynote speaker Dr. Holly Krull, a Merit Review Program Manager for the VA Office of Research Development. 

The day featured both individual morning conferences with Boise VA clinicians and current scientific staff, as well as multiple break-out sessions in the afternoon with SCRD, RRD, HSRD and BLRD.  The focuses were on merit review funding opportunities and current merit review submissions. 

The lunch session began with Mr. Wood, VAMC Director, welcoming Dr. Krull and the seminar attendants followed by Dr. Stevens, as the Acting Chief of Staff for Research, introducing the keynote speaker and presenting her with a Certification of Recognition for her efforts coming to the Boise VA. 

John Huffman, VA Program Specialist, received a desktop Research Innovation Recognition for his outstanding efforts creating Research Office System Application (ROSA), a compliance program used by the Research Department at the Boise VA as well as three other VAs currently. 


The day was a great success.  The attendance was greater than anticipated, and the participants were outwardly appreciative of the information gleaned from the seminar.

We Strongly Believe


  • those who courageously serve in our nation's military deserve exceptional healthcare,

  • today’s research defines tomorrow’s standard of patient care, and;

  • training today’s young scientists and healthcare professionals ensures a continuum of healthcare advances


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Researcher Spotlight

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.