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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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John McLeod Griffiss, MD

Staff Physician, Medical Service, SFVAHCS
Professor of Medicine and Laboratory Medicine, UCSF


Studies in Immunology

Dr. Griffiss studies the immunochemistry of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacteria that cause the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea. He also conducts research in the epidemiology and immunochemistry of Neisseria meningitidis, which cause meningitis, and gram-negative sepsis, of which there are hundreds of thousands of cases a year in the United States. Related research concerns bacterial outer membrane glycolipids -- compounds on the outer surfaces of bacteria that provide energy and serve as markers for cell recognition. Other research areas include immunologic function of the immunoglobulin A system; immunology of bacterial vaccines; tumor glycobiology; and Gulf War illness.

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