IMR’s 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 microelectronics and robotics to create artificial limbs.
The creation of the nicotine patch to help people stop smoking.
Inventing the cardiac pacemaker.
Performing the first successful liver transplant.
Contributing to the development of the CAT (or CT)scan.