Mountain Home Celebrates 90 Years of Research Excellence

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In honor of National VA Research Week, The Hearing and Balance Research Program at Mountain Home VA Medical Center held a special Research Open House on Wednesday.

This year’s theme was “VA Research: 90 Years of Excellence.”  The Open House featured tours of research laboratories, screenings and demonstrations of test procedures used in recent and ongoing Mountain Home research studies on hearing and balance disorders in Veterans.

Every year, VA Research Week celebrates the achievements of VA researchers and the role they play in providing high quality care for Veterans and advancing medical science.

Program director, Dr. Faith Akin, said today’s open house served as a way to educate Veterans, the public, and the media about the research being conducted at Mountain Home VAMC, and its impact on treating and preventing disease and disability.

“We’re really fortunate in Johnson City to have a group, a very talented team of people, to be able to focus on some specific issues that really impact Veterans’ lives, like hearing loss,” Akin said.

For the last 15 years, the Hearing and Balance Research Program at Mountain Home VAMC has been supported by the Auditory Vestibular Research Enhancement Award Program (AVREAP), a program-project grant funded by VA’s Rehabilitation Research Development Service.  The grant is one of only a few awarded to VA centers nationwide.

The Hearing and Balance Research Program is always looking for subjects to participate in their studies.  If you’re a Veteran or a member of the public, with or without hearing problems, you can sign up to participate in a study by sending an email to: vhamou_av_reap@va.gov or by visiting the program’s website: www.avreap.research.va.gov.

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