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VISN 4 MIRECC Research

The VISN 4 MIRECC engages in and supports research to advance the understanding and treatment of mental illness and comorbidity in several ways. Importantly, the center provides infrastructure support, including staff and research space for investigators, in-kind support through MIRECC research assistant effort, and expertise to new MIRECC-associated investigators who wish to conduct their first research project in a VA facility. The VISN 4 MIRECC also has a VISN-funded pilot project fund program. MIRECC investigators also collaborate with the Behavioral Health Laboratory (BHL) to recruit and conduct studies with the referred primary care veterans assessed by the BHL. Last, the MIRECC also provides direct investment of funds and research assistant effort in support of promising projects not otherwise supported by the MIRECC.

The theme of the MIRECC, mental health comorbidity with substance abuse and medical problems, is reflected in a range of key studies. A list of Research Investigators can be found on these pages among the MIRECC Faculty (Philadelphia Investigators or Pittsburgh Investigators).

A list of selected publications by MIRECC faculty can be found here: MIRECC-Related Publications.

Click here for MIRECC Pilot Project Fund Application Information. Veterans interested in participating in MIRECC research can find a list of available projects here.

For those for those who are interested in applying for the VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at the Philadelphia or Pittsburgh Site. A complete list of potential mentors can be found on the pages among the MIRECC Faculty ( Philadelphia investigators or Pittsburgh investigators).

Contact

Hank Kranzler, M. D.
Co-Associate Director for Research
Philadelphia VAMC
215-823-5800 Ext. 2224
hank.kranzler@va.gov

Robert Sweet, M. D.
Co-Associate Director for Research
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
412-954-5354
robert.sweet@va.gov