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Idaho Veterans Research and Education Foundation


500 West Fort St. (Bldg 45)
Boise, ID 83702
tel:208-442-1000 ext. 7662

Ms. Szilvia Rideg
Executive Director

Affiliated Medical Centers

  • Boise VA Medical Center
  • Total number of unique patients: 28,000
  • Total number of principal investigators: 5

Major Areas of Research Interest

Infectious Disease: Gram-positive human pathogens, such as: 
  • Clostridium difficile 
  • Clostridium sordellii
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Clostridium septicum
  • Staphylococcus Aureus
  • Group A Streptococcus
Also: Diabetes (Types 1 & 2) - clinical study focusing on early application of amniotic tissue to prevent amputation in patients with diabetic foot ulcers who are at high risk for amputation and wish to pursue limb salvage. 

Brief Description

The Idaho Veterans Research and Education Foundation (IVREF) is an independent non-profit research organization, which supports the office of research and development at the Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). Our team of esteemed scientists conducts world-class biomedical research in a new, fully equipped, state-of-the-art 18,000 sq. ft. laboratory facility and fully accredited animal research facility, located on the Boise VAMC campus. Current research areas focus on finding cures for multiple antibiotic-resistant gram-positive infectious diseases, and advanced therapies in diabetic healing, all of which are serious concerns that affect veteran's health. Current infrastructure includes cores in: microbiology, protein, tissue culture, cell isolation & characterization, molecular biology; and research administration, oversight, and compliance. Planned growth includes establishing as a Center for Excellence in Emerging/Reemerging Infectious Diseases, and the addition of a histology/pathology/imaging core facility. IVREF was founded in 2011 with the mission of enhancing existing VA research in order to continually improve healthcare through basic science discoveries, clinical research studies, ongoing education of health-care professionals, veteran patients, and their families. IVREF is the only not-for-profit medical research entity dedicated to Veterans in the state of Idaho, and is led by a world expert in the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of life-threatening infectious disease, Dr. Dennis Stevens. 
The Boise VAMC is an established, full service veterans hospital, providing highly sophisticated primary, secondary, and specialty care to roughly 28,000 veterans each year. It's service area covers a 160 mile radius within the inter-mountain region of VISN 20, serving an estimated veteran population of 100,000. Facilities include the main campus in Boise, as well as outpatient clinics in Twin Falls, Caldwell, Mountain Home, and Salmon, Idaho, as well as in Burns, Oregon. The Boise VAMC consistently receives positive recognition from the national Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, and supports a growing research department in cooperation with IVREF in order to further benefit veterans healthcare.

Industry Collaborators

Merck (formerly Cubist) Pharmaceutical
Optimer Pharmaceuticals
Derma Sciences
Allergan / Actavis / Forest Labs
Trius Therapeutics
Aspire Pharmaceuticals

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