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Winter 2018: Congratulations April Maa, MD

Dr. April Maa has been promoted to Clinical Director of Technology-Based Eye Care Services (TECS). TECS is a comprehensive tele-ophthalmology program with the VISN 7 Regional Telehealth Service, which helps provide better access to eye care for rural Veterans.  Well done, Dr. Maa!  

Winter 2018: New Investigator Joins the CVNR

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Feola!  His research study, The Effect of Estrogen Deficiencies on Vision Loss in Glaucoma, has been selected for funding.  Dr. Feola intends to understand how a change in hormonal status affects visual function and biomechanical properties of the eye. His projects also investigate hormones (e.g. estrogen) as neuroprotective against the progression of visual impairment in glaucoma and potentially their benefit in various ocular diseases. Welcome to the CVNR, Dr. Feola!

Summer 2017: Congratulations to our newly funded VA Merit Award investigators!

We are proud to announce that three of our investigators received VA Rehab R&D merit review funding: Camille Vaughan, MD, for research to look at exercise-based behavioral therapy for treatment of urinary symptoms in adults with PD, entitled Behavioral or Solifenacin Therapy for Urinary Symptoms in Parkinson Disease; Machelle Pardue, PhD for Dopamine Treatments for Diabetic Retinopathy, and Shan Ping Yu, MD, PhD for Novel Regenerative Treatment for TBI and Post-TBI Depression.

Spring 2017:  Dr. Machelle Pardue to be inducted into AIMBE College of Fellows

Congratulations Dr. Machelle Pardue on your induction to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows. The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country. The most accomplished and distinguished engineering and medical school chairs, research directors, professors, innovators, and successful entrepreneurs, comprise the College of Fellows.

Winter 2017:  CVNR Investigators Author Blog Post for VA's Vantage Point

CVNR Investigators Krish Sathian, MD, PhD, April Maa, MD, and David Ross, MEd, MSEE have written a blog post for VA’s blog site, Vantage Point, in connection with National AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month in February. Click here to read their post:

Focus on Veterans’ vision: A glance at innovative vision research underway in Atlanta

Fall 2016:  Article Profiles Research of Dr. Krish Sathian and Colleagues

Dr. Krish Sathian and his colleagues have recently published their findings in the area of synesthesia in the European Journal of Neuroscience.  Click the link below to read an article profiling the research.

Does This Headline Look Blue To You? Then It Might Also Feel Like A Triangle.

Madeleine Hackney's Research Showcased on Fox 5 News!

Congratulations to Dr. Madeleine Hackney, whose research study examining the effects of adapted tango dance in Veterans with Parkinson's disease, was featured on Fox 5 News on September 16th.  View the news segment here:

  How dancing the tango may help people with Parkinson's Disease

Camille Vaughan Featured in Video about EQUiPPED Project

The Enhancing Quality of Provider Practices for Older Adults in the Emergency Department (EQUiPPED) project is an interdisciplinary quality improvement initiative that focuses on using education, “geriatricized” medication order sets, and other clinical tools to reduce medication-related problems in older patients (aged 65+) who have been discharged from the emergency department.  The EQUiPPED project – which was developed by a team of emergency department physicians, geriatricians, gerontologists, clinical pharmacists, and quality-improvement nurses at the Atlanta VA Medical Center – uses simple, but effective, strategies to improve prescribing practices for elderly patients to reduce medication-related problems and includes performance-tracking tools for quality managers and institutions.  CVNR Investigator Camille Vaughan, MD, MS has been part of the EQUiPPED project team throughout its evolution. Clink link below to view a short video that discusses the project and what Dr. Vaughan and colleagues have learned so far.

EQUiPPED Quality Improvement Initiative

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