IMRs purpose and mission is to advance the health and well being of veterans and their families.

This is done through the support of research and education at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Veterans can benefit from the ongoing benefits and innovative treatment that being part of a research center brings. Over the years Research at VAs has contributed to many important health advances. Some of these include:

The development of microelectrinics and robotics to create artificial limbs.

The creation of the nicotine patch to help people stop smoking.

Inventing the cardiac pacemaker.

Performing the first sucessful liver transplant.

Contributing to the development of the CAT (or CT)scan.

Developing the practice of an aspirin a day

Veterans have continued to benefit and serve through working with the VA to advance innovations that benefit themselves and the society at large.


Established in 1989, IMR conducts and supports extramural research and educational activities by collaborating with the Durham VA Medical Center, private companies, governmental agencies, foundations and academic institutions. It is through these partnerships that the Institute for Medical Research, Inc. has developed an extensive research portfolio to advance the health and well being of veterans, their families and the public at large.

With a varied research program from cancer to PTSD to research in space the Institute for Medical Research plays a vital role in the support of research and education at the Durham VA Medical Center.

News & Announcements

Dr. Miriam Morey, Founder and Director of the Durham VA Medical Center's Gerofit program discusses the program and its benefits to our Veterans.  Institute for Medical Research was instrumental in helping to bring this documentary to fruition. Go to the news tab above and click IN The Spotlight to check out Dr. Morey's video about the Gerofit program.