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.
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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 arrythmia, 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.