Psychiatry and
Behavioral Sciences

Stanford/VA Aging Clinical Research Center Collaborators

VA Mental Illness Research, Educational and Clinical Center (MIRECC)

Stanford/VA Alzheimer's Research Center of California (ARCC)

Older Adult and Family Center, Stanford


Sierra-Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recently developed a program of Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECCs). MIRECCs are designed to bring state-of-the-art research, educational and clinical activities to select VA regional areas or Networks.

The Sierra-Pacific Network has chosen as its overall theme for the MIRECC the matching of treatments for mental illnesses to the personal characteristics of the individual veteran patient. Given the extensive array of behavioral and biological treatments now available for mental illness, the VISN will emphasize how matching specific treatments to individual veterans can improve the quality of care afforded our veteran patients with mental illness.

Focusing first on patients with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and behavioral problems associated with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias; MIRECC investigators have built a wide network across Hawaii, Northern California, and Nevada to conduct studies matching patients to the best treatment. The characteristics of patients are assessed using a broad range of neurochemical, neuroimaging and psychosocial measures. Collaborations involve the University of Hawaii, the University of Nevada at Reno, the University of California at Davis, Fresno and San Francisco, as well as Stanford University. In addition to the clinical and research aspects of the MIRECC, the program will build a new internet-based educational structure using state-of-the-art video streaming technology to bring the latest in medical information to the desktop computers of VA clinicians.


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