Four Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers were recently among the 96 recipients of the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE is the highest honor conferred by the U.S. Government on federal researchers in the early stages of their careers. Established in 1996, the awards are given each year for "innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology" and a commitment to community service. VA, which has the largest integrated health care system in the country, also has one of the largest medical research programs. This year, approximately 3,400 researchers will work on more than 2,300 projects with nearly $1.9 billion in funding. For more information on VA Research, please visit the VHA Office of Research and Development website at www.research.va.gov.
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