The James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, New York has become synonymous with excellence and achievement in the field of biomedical and clinical research. Our distinguished investigators have garnered major scientific awards including the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology.

Through diligent research efforts, James J. Peters VA scientists continue to make major contributions in the advancement of medical research and achieving worldwide recognition.

The mission of the Bronx Veterans Medical Research Foundation (BVMRF) is to facilitate research and education activities conducted at the James J Peters VA Medical Center (JJPVAMC).  We have a broad range of research activities that encompasses biomedical, health services, rehabilitation engineering, mental health and geriatric research endeavors.  We also support various educational initiatives and other learning experiences of benefit to employees and veterans.

Staff of the Bronx Veterans Medical Research Foundation, Inc. MaryAnn Musumeci, Executive Director, Heidy Jacobo,
Chief Accountant, Helen Wilson, Grant Coordinator, Diane Mason, Administrative Assistant.

Research and Development and Research compliance Staff : Seated (L-R) Susan Parker, Trevor Hall, Mary Sano,
Toy Mordiglia, Tricia Daley-Bowles, Angela Abreu. Standing Miriam Burgos, Elke Thorton, Paula Goodwin, Jorge Torres.


Mary Sano, PhD
Research Center Director

It is an exciting time for research at the James J. Peters VAMC. We have a long history of
world class science, and as we continue our efforts to improve the health of our veterans
and our nation, we also train and support young scientists and clinician researchers.
Here we highlight the innovative work of our scientists in areas such as the medical
consequences of spinal cord injury (SCI). We showcase the work to understand the
pathology of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post traumatic stress (PTS) to identify
targets for therapeutic intervention. Our scientists conduct a full range of clinical,
animal and laboratory studies using powerful techniques in molecular biology, genetics
and epigenetics to uncover new ways to treat diseases of the endocrine system, mental
illness and infectious diseases. We are conducting novel clinical trials in areas such
as Alzheimer’s disease, HIV, hepatitis C and oncology. Therapeutic approaches using
computerized cognitive training, return to work programs, palliative care and data
sharing methods are examples of the breadth of our research endeavors. We hope you
will enjoy these highlights of scientific excellence.

Title 38 USC §7361-7366 authorizes VA medical centers to establish nonprofit research and education corporations to accept and administer private and non-VA federal funds in support of VA's research and education missions.  The congressional intent in enabling these corporations is to provide VA facilities with a flexible funding mechanism for the conduct of research as well as staff and patient education.

BVMRF was incorporated in the State of New York in 1992 and is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation. 


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