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Richmond Institute for Veterans Research

(Formerly known as McGuire Research Institute, Inc.)

We invite you to learn about how we are exploring the possibilities through cutting-edge research, bringing quality care to our Veterans, and building a better future.

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We are committed to providing quality health care to Veterans and offer opportunities for patients to participate in research-related clinical trials.

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The cutting-edge research conducted at RIVR consists of laboratory studies, clinical studies, and health outcomes pertaining to a wide range of disease processes and conditions that affect Veterans as well as the general population. 

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At RIVR we support education and training for employee and patient related activities.

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Pam Capone's Retirement 
After 22 years as an MRI (RIVR) employee, the "Queen" has taken her seat on the throne of retirement. Her lively personality and genuine heart will be greatly missed. However, we hope to see Pam around on occasions as she now assists/advises Sheryl Underwood, our new Executive Director. 
We are an awesome team, so saying goodbye is not so easy.
Congratulations Pam! 



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RIVR hosted the Richmond VAMC annual research event to thank Veterans and their families for supporting Veteran-related research conducted in Central Virginia. RIVR-sponsored lunch was served, and tokens of our appreciation were provided.


The Research Day event celebrates National VA Research Week and provides our Veterans an opportunity to visit the Richmond VAMC, learn about completed and ongoing clinical and pre-clinical investigations conducted in Richmond and to interact with the Richmond VAMC research team. Although we annually highlight VA conducted research, this is the first year that allowed the Research Service to hold an in-person event since 2018 due to the COVID pandemic. We are pleased to announce that the Research Week event was a tremendous success with more than 120 Veterans, family members and friends in attendance. The event was also attended by Richmond VAMC clinical research physician-scientists, pre-clinical scientists, research clinical coordinators, trainees, research administrators and numerous research-support team members, who together create and sustain an environment that supports the investigation a variety of Veteran-related health concerns including spinal cord and traumatic brain injury, mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer, back and chronic pain, heart arrhythmia, movement disorders, neurodegenerative disease, liver disease and gastrointestinal disorders.


We extend a special thank you to Dr. Rachel Ramoni, Chief Research and Development Office for the Department of Veteran Affairs and Mr. Ronald Johnson, Executive Director of the Central Virginia VA Health Care System, for providing welcoming and introductory remarks to our attendees confirming sustained commitment at both the national and local levels for the Richmond Research program. For additional information regarding the research program at of the CVHCS including information pertaining to active and completed clinical trials, please contact the Research Service office at 804-675-5151.


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The VIPER Act  Passed! details the  "Passage of the VIPER Act"


The VIPER Act was first introduced in October 2021 and aims to improve the VA Medical and Prosthetic Research program by providing additional authority and resources for VA research. 

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"Effects of Electrical Stimulation and Vitamin D Supplementation of Bone

 I really enjoyed participating in the program. I have benefited from the exercise and training a great deal I had muscle atrophy in my legs and torso area from my injury 27 years ago but I can feel more muscle mass in my calves,thighs, and buttocks, also me being a T1 C8 paraplegic,  my stomach muscles don't work making it bigger and since I started the study my stomach and waist size has gotten smaller I lost 3 and a 1/2 pounds I feel that overall I'm healthier at the present  than at the start of the study. I hope that my participation in the study will help someone else as well. "

"Participating in the research last conducted I hope helped the team learn and find avenues to help people who need blood thinners. I hope my being a part helped to find a better solution."
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