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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Gary Jarvis, PhD

Research Career Scientist, Laboratory Medicine Service, SFVAHCS
Adjunct Professor of Laboratory Medicine, UCSF


Understanding Innate Immunity

Dr. Jarvis's research program is focused on investigating questions of innate immunity in three experimental systems. The first project is studying innate immune responses to gonococcal and chlamydial infection in relation to the infection of human macrophages and T lymphocytes by HIV. The second project is examining questions of the structure and function of endotoxin in terms of the initiation of innate immune responses to bacterial infection. The third project involves looking at endotoxin as a potential therapeutic for acute traumatic brain injury. This concept involves diminishment of the acute inflammatory infiltration of neutrophils into the site of injury by engaging specific arms of the innate immune response with endotoxin.

To see Dr. Jarvis on Pub Med, click here.