Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
Local Scouts Tour PVAMC Research Center
This past Monday, February 6, the Providence VA Medical Center’s Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine had some special young guests. Members of a local scouting unit (Webelos 2 den from Pack 6 in Cranston) visited the Research Center and experienced a taste of some cutting-edge research. Thanks to Researchers Dr. Albert Lo and Dr. Susan D’Andrea, this energetic and enthusiastic group of scouts were given hands-on demonstration of state-of the-art technology designed to improve the movement, motor function, mobility, and quality of life for individuals with limb disabilities. The Center is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary effort between the Providence VA Medical Center, Brown University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Cub master Jim Bennett, who is also a VA employee and an Army Veteran, thought the demonstration was very stimulating and highly beneficial. “The boys and their parents had fun, and they learned something,” said Bennett. He thanked both Dr. Lo and Dr. D’Andrea for carving the time out of their busy schedules. “I know that the time you spent was an investment in their future.”
The 23,850 square foot facility consists of basic science and clinical research space dedicated to rehabilitation research for Veterans as well as research on enhancing post-deployment health and optimizing systems to meet Veterans long-term care needs. For more information about VA research, please visit www.Research.va.gov.