CTSI: Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center (BVAMC)
The Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center (BVAMC) is a University of Maryland Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute - CTSI collaborating institution.
Medical care, education, and research are further enhanced by the location of the BVAMC, which is physically connected by a bridge to UMMC. PI’s within the VA Research and Development Service receive approximately $64 million annually in direct research support. The VA Research and Development Service. The Service includes 7 VA-funded center grants (one each in geriatrics, mental health, multiple sclerosis, depleted uranium, and degenerative neurological diseases and 2 in rehabilitation). The Research Service includes a Cooperative Studies Coordinating Center which receives $5.6 million annually The VA centers have strong infrastructures with approximately 30,000 sf of wet lab space, 8,000 sf of animal facilities including a 2,500 sf BSL-3 facility, 10,500 sf of clinical research space, and 16,000 sf for the cooperative studies coordinating center. The Service also includes a private foundation that administers industry-sponsored trials and certain other funds and receives $4 million funding annually. Three construction projects are currently in progress which will provide an additional 15,000 sf for rehabilitation research. In addition the Service includes a large number of faculty and staff who support research, clinical education, and mentoring, as well as community outreach activities. All VA investigators have appointments in SOM, with multiple examples of successful and productive research collaborations. The BVAMC will provide powerful opportunities for enhanced collaboration among the Department of Veterans Affairs and CTSA nationally in areas that include electronic health records, genomic and observational research, central IRBs, comparative effectiveness research, and training.