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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Medical Disciplines Research

Mission: Honoring military service with science; our bench-to-bedside approach has led to breakthroughs in areas such as shingles prevention, heart disease, metabolic diseases and ground breaking work on post-traumatic stress disorder.

Programs: Dr. Hammond - discovery and development of therapeutic genes for chf. The purpose of this program, "discovery & development of therapeutic genes for chf," is to enable a number of scientists at vmrf and ucsd to maintain an efficient, interactive and mutually reinforcing program of basic and translational research to promote the discovery and development of therapeutic genes for congestive heart failure (chf) and other cardiovascular diseases. The program will facilitate the transition from discovery to clinical application of new therapeutic genes. This model combines discovery research with practical "street-smart" preclinical development. Successfully attaining our goals will require separate but highly integrated projects that contain the proper proportions of discovery research and focused preclinical development, an accomplished translational physiology core, and an interactive group of vmrf and ucsd physician-scientists in an ideal environment.

dr. Thorp - in-home exposure therapy for veterans with ptsd. Exposure to combat and other traumatic events results in a variety of negative physical and mental health outcomes, including posttraumatic stress disorder (ptsd). Ptsd impacts veterans, veterans' families, and society more globally. Efficacious exposure therapies, such as prolonged exposure therapy (pe), have been developed to reduce the severity of ptsd symptoms. However, research indicates that these interventions are underutilized due to issues such as stigma and transportation difficulties. Even when treatment is initiated, the rates of premature dropout are high. Telehealth (using electronic communications technology to provide care from a distance) and home-based care offer compelling alternatives to traditional office-based care. Home-based care, in particular, offers the advantage of treating veterans within their typical environment. This allows therapists to observe factors that may be critical to the success of exposure therapies (e. G. , how best to approach feared situations in or near the home) while helping veterans generalize the skills he or she has learned in treatment.

dr. Granholm-enhancing assertive community treatment with cbt and sst for schizophrenia. Recent public health interest has focused on recovery-oriented mental health services for the treatment of functional disability in severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia. Evidence-based practices have been identified and recommended in best practice guidelines, but these practices are rarely available to most people with schizophrenia. This study, directed by dr. E. Granholm, will attempt to close the gap between research and service delivery by testing the effectiveness of evidence-based psychosocial interventions that have been adapted for practical delivery by community clinicians in real-world clinical settings. From a public health standpoint, delaying institutionalization, reducing unnecessary or premature hospitalizations, and increasing patients' contributions to the community, should have significant personal, societal, and economic impact.

veterans medical research foundation of san diego, where we honor service with science, is the region's only medical research institute dedicated to veterans. We facilitate world-class research at the va san diego healthcare system that provides improvements for veterans' healthcare. While focused on veterans, our medical advances extend to the entire population and raise the standard of care for everyone.

Community Stories

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Donor

Rating: 5

The cause of the VMRF is a noble one - helping the men and women that have protected our country and the freedoms that we enjoy. Far too often we take for granted those that serve our country. In the current economic climate it is more difficult to find the means to financially support non-profits and others in need. Questions that come to my mind are "who is actually receiving benefit?" and "what percentage is going to those in need?" And then I think of the severe mental stress and physical trauma suffered by our veterans. I think of the treatment of our veterans (in our medical system and in society), and it leaves me wanting to do more. I never served in the military; the least I can do is to help support those that have. Causes that serve our veterans need all the help we can give them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I work with and have donated to this wonderful organization, which is founded on the principle that all veterans should have access to the finest, research-based healthcare -- honoring service with science. It is a private, not-for-profit organization that is not VA funded; it helps secure and administrate outside funding for the groundbreaking research being conducted by the physicians and scientists at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. As a donor, I know that the organization's administrative overhead is very low and that my dollars are going directly into better care for veterans.