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A radical prostatectomy and laparoscopic weight loss surgery

are just two examples of the types of surgeries that can be performed with the system. This exciting new technology will allow VAPAHCS to introduce new surgeries and improve upon surgeries that are currently being performed.

Northern California:

Clinical and Translational Science Awards to Transform Clinical Research

VA Northern California Health Care System, in partnership with its academic affiliate,

University of California Davis, will receive funding of $25 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a Clinical and Translational Science Center. This award will enable researchers to provide new medical treatments more efficiently and quickly to our veteran patients.

Although there have been explosive gains in the understanding of the basic mechanisms of human disease, translation of this knowledge to the practical treatment and prevention of disease has not kept pace. NIH has responded by awarding funding to 12 academic health centers across the country, to enable them to forge the new discipline of Clinical and Translational Science. The two universities in California to receive this award are located in VISN 21: University of California Davis and University of California San Francisco.  Other recipients of this auspicious award include Duke, Columbia, Mayo Clinic and Yale.

The newly funded center will provide innovative methods to speed the translation of research results into therapies, tools and patient care practices for our veterans. Currently, basic research and clinical trials at VANCHCS include diseases which affect our veteran population, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke and Alzheimer's Disease. This award will provide increased collaboration between VANCHCS and UC Davis, and will provide an opportunity to accelerate progress in these areas.


Manila Clinic Staff Honor Veterans

On November 9, 2006, the VA Manila Outpatient Clinic organized a momentous three-hour tribute to our veterans for the sacrifices they made in keeping the motto for the United States of America: “the land of the free and

the home of the brave.”

The program activities included dance exercises led by our dancing divas from the Professional Services and Medical Administrative Division. The activity demonstrated that working out is entertaining, and age does not draw up the boundary

to physical fitness. Because of the generosity of the members of the Focused Group and employees alike, all visitors and employees enjoyed a nourishing breakfast. Our veterans expressed their gratitude simply by saying, “the Clinic is home to the U.S. Veterans in the Philippines.”

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