Promoting research partnerships to improve veterans’ health

25 years | 25 stories of NAVREF

Since 1992, the National Association of Veterans' Research and Education Foundations has worked to support our members to become a source of excellence for VA Research and Development. Over the course of 2017, NAVREF promoted 25 stories from our members, friends, and stakeholders recounting our unique heritage, culture, and spirit. Our 25 stories campaign culminated at our 25th anniversary conference in Las Vegas where unveiled all the stories in a spectacular gallery room.  We thank everyone for their time and support of NAVREF’s vision of a nation in which veterans receive the finest care based on innovative research and education.

Date  Title             Author                                                                             
Nov 1 Our First Story: Impressions

Priscilla West

NAVREF Board Chair

Nov 15 Our Second Story: A CRADO Perspective

Timothy O'Leary, MD, PhD

Former Chief Research and Development Officer

Dec 1 Our Third Story: From the CSP

Grant Huang, MPH, PhD

VA Cooperative Studies Program

Dec 15 Our Fourth Story: A Sister Organization's Perspective

Gary Ewart, MHS

American Thoracic Society

Jan 17 Our Fifth Story: Birth of the NPC

Richard Levine, MD

Former VA ACOS-R and Founder of the Institute for Clinical Research

Feb 1 Our Sixth Story: CRADA DevRev

Dave Johnson

Executive Director, Baltimore Research and Education Foundation

Feb 15 Our Seventh Story: Connecting with Connecticut

Fred Wright, MD

ACOS-R, VA Connecticut Healthcare System

Mar 1

Our Eighth Story: An AO-"K" Recollection

Our Ninth Story: The SOP Anecdote

Nancy Parks, Former ACOS-R & Executive Director, Augusta Biomedical Research Corporation

BoB Dresch, Executive Director, McGuire Research Institute

Mar 15

Our Tenth Story: Looking back from Seattle

Eileen Lennon

Former Executive Director, Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research

Apr 3

Our Eleventh Story: Acknowledging Our Need

Angela Murakami

Former NAVREF Associate Executive Director

Apr 17 Our Twelfth Story: Growing up with NAVREF

Antonio Laracuente

Former Executive Director of Atlanta Research and Education Foundation & NAVREF Board Member

May 1 

Our Thirteenth Story: In the Beginning

Our Fourteenth Story: A CRADO Perspective Part 2

Jeanette Evans-Hamilton, Former Administrative Officer for Research and Development, and Executive Director of the Midwest Biomedical Research Foundation

Joel Kupersmith, M.D., Former Chief Research and Development Officer

May 15         Our Fifteenth Story: We've Come a Long Way

Ron Flink

Contract Manager, Chicago Association for Research and Education in Science and First NAVREF Board Chair

May 19

Our Sixteenth Story: Barbara West


Barbara West

First Executive Director of NAVREF

Jun 1 Our Seventeeth Story: Through the Forrester

Robert Forrester

Consultant and Class B NAVREF Board Member

 Jun 15Our Eighteenth Story: Hand-in-Hand with SVACKim Lipsky
Former Senate VA Committee Staff Member
 Jul 5Our Nineteenth Story: Birth of a STARRenee Szybala
Assistant General Counsel, VA 
 Jul 17 Our Twentieth Story: From Zero to Here, OhHawk Tran
NAVREF Operations Officer
 Aug 1 Our Twenty-First Story: EmpowermentCindy Reutzel
Executive Director, Chicago Association for Research and Education in Science
Aug 15Our Twenty-Second Story: An Adept NAVREF

Our Twenty-Third Story: A Constant Helping Hand
Bob Obana
Former CEO, Northern California Institute for Research and Education and Former NAVREF Board Member

Donna McCartney
Former Executive Director, Palo Alto Institute for Research & Education and Former NAVREF Board Chair
Aug 30Our Twenty-Fourth Story: A Personal Recollection Jim Palmer
 Executive Director, VISTAR
 Sep 7Our Twenty-Fifth Story: Congratulations NAVREF on Your 25th Anniversary Nancy Watterson-Diorio
 Chief Executive Officer, Boston VA Research Institute and NAVREF Board Member


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