Research - Central Texas Veterans Health Care System
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Central Texas Veterans Health Care System

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Research Service at Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) supports the national goal of advancing medical research programs that address Veterans’ needs. CTVHCS participates in research supported by the VA Office of Research and Development, as well as from external sources such as Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, non-profit foundations, and pharmaceutical companies. There are over 115 active human, animal, or safety studies at CTVHCS. The Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRP) awarded CTVHCS Full Accreditation in 2008. Re-accreditation for a five-year period was granted in September 2011.

The Research Program has eight current areas of emphasis:

  • VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans
  • Center for Applied Health Research, Department of Internal Medicine
  • Oncology, Medicine Service
  • Infectious Disease, Medicine Service
  • Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery
  • Neuroscience Institute, Department of Surgery
  • Digestive Diseases Research Center, Department of Internal Medicine
  • Molecular Cardiology Division, Department of Internal Medicine

Each of these areas of emphasis represents a collaborative effort with Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and its primary affiliate, the Scott and White Health Care System. The first five programs currently support human research almost exclusively. The remaining three programs have focused primarily on basic science studies, but anticipate clinical translations of their work in the foreseeable future. These programs have been especially productive as a supportive environment for the education and training of medical students, residents and fellows. The total CTVHCS research expenditures (basic and clinical research) have quadrupled over the past five fiscal years (from $2.1M to $8.5M).

If you have a concern, question, problem, or complaint about any issue regarding a research study, or the associated research investigator; or, if you need to obtain information, offer input or have questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact our IRB Coordinator at (254) 743-1974.


* The New Fall 2012 Edition of The Scope newsletter provides information about the upcoming Disaster & Pandemic Preparedness Conference on September 28, 2012, research currently taking place at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care Center and the VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans.

Contact Info


  • Temple,TX

Contact Number(s)

  • 254-743-1974

Hours of Operation

  • M - F, 8:00a - 4:30p