NCIRE – The Veterans Health Research Institute has one mission and one goal: Advancing Veterans Health. We are a scientific community of clinicians and researchers and we partner with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) to bring the power of modern medicine to the health of our nation’s Veterans.
Since 1988, NCIRE-supported scientists and clinicians have been at the front lines of Veterans health research, developing novel treatments for the wide range of conditions that affect Veterans of all ages.
- We support over 200 researchers who have joint faculty appointments at UCSF and SFVAMC.
- Our research portfolio is deeply rooted in the relationship between scientists and the patients they serve and is catalyzed by the evolving needs of the Veteran population.
- Clinicians and researchers care for patients, conceptualize more effective treatment and prevention strategies, and collaborate with basic scientists to create durable and translational interventions.
- We are training current and future generations of researchers and providers in Veterans health.
Our broad portfolio of projects receives generous support from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and individual donors, making us the leading nonprofit research institute devoted to Veterans health in the U.S. NCIRE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit research institute and all gifts are tax deductible (Tax ID #94-3084159).
Read About Our Goals and Accomplishments
Our goals are to continue to advance science, promote education, and foster innovation through leadership in the field of Veterans health research. This research benefits Veterans of all ages, and many of the benefits extend to the general population through multiplier effects.
NCIRE-supported researchers’ milestones and accomplishments include:
Traumatic brain injury — among the first to link combat head trauma to the early onset of dementia. Veterans of all ages are evaluated, tracked, and assessed, leading to improved therapies to screen and treat TBI.
Post-traumatic stress — identifying biomarkers in the brain, blood and nervous system to track and treat PTS, and designing programs that integrate sleep, exercise and nutrition to heal body as well as mind.
Neuroscience — building and testing computer-based brain exercises to retrain brains harmed in combat.
Parkinson’s Disease — among the first to use deep brain stimulation to improve Parkinson’s patients’ motor function.
Aging — leaders in studying age-related diseases and why Veterans are affected and have higher risk factors at a younger age.
Women Warriors — recognizing the unique health needs of the first generation of women to serve in expanded combat duties and establishing model programs for this growing population.
Alzheimer’s Disease — leading the largest observational study of the disease in the world and employing highly sophisticated and advanced brain imaging technology.
Musculoskeletal Disorders — developing therapies to speed nerve regeneration and improve fracture healing in wounded Veterans.
Heart Disease — leaders in clinical trials for heart failure and demonstrating the efficacy of medications in reducing heart failure mortality.
Cancer — accelerating the early diagnosis of prostate cancer and developing new skin cancer treatments.