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Research Today Means Healthier Tomorrow

by Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer

A technician operates equipment while a man is placed in an MRI scanning machineInside the brain — MRI scans are just one measure VA researchers are using to gain a glimpse of brain changes that signal Alzheimer’s disease in its earliest stages. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt)

Research Week Salutes VA Pioneers

From inventing the implantable cardiac pacemaker to helping develop the brain-computer interface, VA Research has been improving the lives of all generations of Veterans for nearly nine decades.

VA Research has been part of numerous advances in treating heart disease, diabetes, spinal cord injury, mental health disorders, and many other conditions and diseases that affect Veterans.

VA Research has been improving the lives of…Veterans for nearly nine decades.

This year, VA showcases the extraordinary work of VA researchers nationwide through National VA Research Week, May 13-17.

This year’s theme, “VA Research Inspires,” has in turn inspired a fount of creativity nationwide as VA medical centers ready for what promises to be an exciting week of activities and learning. Open houses, poster displays, presentations, award ceremonies and other events will feature the numerous advances and discoveries made by VA Research.

An elderly Veteran sits in front of the Baltimore VA hospital sign.

Former Navy sailor Ronald Mortenson, 67, had surgery seven years ago at the Baltimore VA Medical Center to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He was part of a VA study comparing two ways to fix the problem. Read Ronald’s story.

Veteran Research Volunteers

Of course, none of these research breakthroughs would be possible without the Veterans who have volunteered to participate in VA studies. Whether it’s helping to find cures for illnesses or helping to improve VA health care for all Veterans, those who volunteer to take part in research deserve special thanks.

To learn more about VA Research and events marking this year’s National VA Research Week, visit www.research.va.gov and www.facebook.com/VAResearch.

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At age 6, Susan was destined to be a journalist and photographer.  In 1980, Susan founded Bainbridge News and The Bainbridge Chronicle Newspaper. Bainbridge News specializes in Military and National Politics, including Military Funerals and Burials and Political Funerals and Burials.  Susan has covered the White House, the Pentagon and Capitol Hill. She has covered every president from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama. Recognized for her versatility, Susan has also covered finance, crime, civil rights events, marches, sports, musical events and more. In 1990, she established Bainbridge Photography, an On-Location photography company. In addition to military and political events, including Military and Political funerals and burials, Bainbridge Photography expanded into covering ALL funerals and burials, receptions, weddings, real estate, inventory, insurance, portrait, head shot, pets, fire and Hazmat.  Miss Bainbridge believes in going the extra mile. "My Clients always come first." In 1980, Susan began her career in Washington, D.C., working for WMZQ Radio as a reporter and guest hostess from 1980 to 1985. Intrigued by radio, Susan wanted to write, freelancing for radio, television and print newspapers, including AP, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Northern Virginia Sun, The Press-Republican and The Bainbridge Chronicle (established by Susan Bainbridge). In 1986, Susan worked at WDCA-TV Channel 20 as a guest hostess for "Eye On Washington." From 1990 to 1994, Susan reported and anchored for "The Arlington Weekly News." Additionally, she produced a segment for the G. Gordon Liddy Radio Show. A prolific writer, while in high school in 1977, Bainbridge wrote an episode for NBC's "Little House on The Prairie" entitled "Laura's Best Friend." Though the show's producers did not use the script then, NBC producers encouraged Susan to pursue a writing and journalism career. Susan is a member of the National Press Club, the National Press Photographer's Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Susan Bainbridge's recognitions include from former Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush and Bill Clinton, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the late actor Lorne Greene, among many others. BAINBRIDGE NEWS was founded in 1980 by Susan Bainbridge (a sixth generation writer), a third generation journalist, a first generation photographer and a fourth generation entrepreneur. She is the first generation to establish a news business. Bainbridge News is dedicated in honor of Miss Bainbridge's late grandfather and idol, Mark S. Watson (The Baltimore Sun editor and war correspondent from 1920 to his death in 1966).

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