Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
PVAMC Dedicates New Research Building
The Providence VA Medical Center conducted a dedication ceremony/open house for its new Research building for the Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine on Friday, November 12, on the campus of the Providence VA Medical Center, 830 Chalkstone Avenue, in Providence. The Center is a collaboration between the Medical Center, Brown University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The building comprises 23,850 square feet of basic science and clinical research space dedicated to rehabilitation research for Veterans. The construction was funded with approximately $7 million from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Research programs include neuro-technology, prosthetics, skeletal biology, and regenerative medicine and advanced rehabilitation techniques. The Center facilitates and encourages collaboration such as the recently announced DEKA Arm and BrainGate project. Located in the building are offices, conference rooms, a rehabilitation gym, and a Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory.
The new Research building also houses the Center on Systems, Outcomes, and Quality in Chronic Disease and Rehabilitation—a Research Enhancement Award Program of the Health Services Research and Development department that focuses on improving systems and quality of care for vulnerable Veteran populations.
Guest speakers for this ceremony included U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Representative James Langevin, Dr. Edward Wing, Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences, The Warran Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Dr. Roy Aaron, Director of the Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine; and Dr. Robert Jaeger, Scientific Program Manager for the VA Office of Rehabilitative Research and Development.
For more information about the new Research Center or the Providence VA Medical Center, please contact Tom Antonaccio, Public Affairs Officer, at telephone (401) 457-3369, or visit www.providence.va.gov.