Carl T Hayden Medical Research Foundation

Center Information

Andrea Kamenca
Acting Executive Director
Carl T Hayden Medical Research Foundation
650 E Indian School Rd (RS/151B)
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: (602) 277-5551 Ext. 2079

Currently Enrolling Trials

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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Genetic Disease
Hepatology (Liver, Pancreatic, Gall Bladder)
Infections and Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases

Performance Metrics

Number of Studies Conducted: 615
Number of Active Patients in the Database: 100,000
Average Number of Total Patients Enrolled: 60
Average Percent of ‘Completed’ Studies that met Enrollment Goals: 95%

Center Overview:

The CTHMRF partners with the Phoenix VA Health Care System to develop a diverse research portfolio investigating a variety of ailments afflicting the nation’s Veterans. Our mission is to promote, support and facilitate biomedical and health services, research, and education activities conducted by investigators at the Phoenix VA Health Care System contributing to improved health care for Veterans and the Nation.

Research experience:

VA researchers played key roles in developing the cardiac pacemaker, the CT scan, radioimmunoassay and improvements in artificial limbs. A VA surgeon-researcher performed the first liver transplant in the world. VA clinical trials established the effectiveness of new treatments for tuberculosis, schizophrenia and high blood pressure. The Seattle Foot, developed in the VA system, helps people with amputations to be able to run and jump. VA contributions to medical knowledge have won VA scientist many awards, including the Nobel Prize and the Lasker award.

Nearly 83% of VA researchers are practicing physicians. Because of their dual roles, VA research often immediately benefits patients. Functional electrical stimulation, a technology using controlled electrical currents to activate paralyzed muscles, is being developed at VA clinical facilities and laboratories throughout the country. Through this technology, paraplegic patients have been able to grasp objects, stand and even walk short distances.

Special VA Centers of Excellence throughout the nation conduct research in rehabilitation, health services and medical conditions, including AIDS, alcoholism, schizophrenia, stroke and Parkinson’s disease. Multi-center clinical trials investigate the best therapy for various diseases. Current projects include testing aspirin therapy for heart patients, surgical treatment to reduce the risk of stroke and treatment options for prostate cancer. At the Phoenix VA Health Care System, we are committed to our role in research, which can lead to medical breakthroughs for all Americans.

Facility description:

Hospital, Lab, and Research facilities

Staff Expertise:

More than 28 Clinical research coordinators, nurses, research assistants, laboratory technicians, and health scientists work alongside VA physicians, nurses, CRCs, and research scientists.

Patient Demographics:

Military veterans of a wide range of ages. We do not have a pediatric population.

Other information:

Local VA IRB

Contact Center

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