VA Hospital Has 12 Research Projects Under Way Here
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2-C Sunday, May 10, 1970 THE SHREVEPORT TIMES VA Hospital and the LSU School of Medicine here cooperate on 12 research projects now in progress at the institu-tions. Dr. S. L. Allis (left) chief of staff at the VA, and Dr. Charles Wood, professor in the Department of Phar-macology and Therapeutics at LSU, discuss one of the projects. (Times Photo by Terry Vaughan) VA Hospital Has 12 Research Projects Under Way Here By Margaret Martin Times Medical Writer Medical research in the Veter-an Administration Hospital was officially authorized by law in 1958. The Shreveport VA Hospital started its research program in June, 1959, and with two projects, which has grown to 12 approved, subjects today. Research today is conducted in cooperation with the Louisiana State University Medical school at Shreveport, which is affiliated with the VA. The 12 projects currently under way deal with biochemical phar-macology (alcoholism), hypertes-nion, hematology, immunology, pathology, gastroenterology and pychosomatics. The quality of research is screened through a review sys-tem and administrative manage-ment of the VA's medical research program is for the most part a function of the individual hospital, according to E. P. Whitaker, director of the local institution. The VA Hospital research and education committee in conjunc-tion with the dean's committee is responsible with the hospital director for maintaining the "high standards of research, diversity of that research and has an important impact upon the patient care and teaching programs of the VA hospital-medical school complex." "These and other measures insure that the VA research program makes a continuing contribution to improve care for the veteran patient and the American people. A recent sur-vey revealed that the research progra mdoes pay off in terms ofi improved patient care," he add-ed. Three specific projects demon-strate the varied programs being conducted. Dr. Charles D. Wood, professor in the Department of Pharmacol-ogy and Therapeutics, and Gene F. Perkins, research associate, LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, recently attended the 41st Annual Aerospace Medical Association Meeting in St. Louis. Perkins presented a paper. "The Effect of Amphetamine on Hypertension and Pulmonary Edema Produced by Hyperbaric Oxygen." This paper is in connection with a research pro-ject which is currently in pro-gress at the hospital. Dr. Helmut M. Redetzki, head of the Department of Pharmacol-ogy and Therapeutics of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, presented a report at the annual meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experi-mental Biology in Atlantic City, N.J. recently. This report was "Osmometry in the Evaluation of Acute Alcohol Intoxication." Dr. Redetzki is presently en-gaged in a research project which is in progress at the Shreveport VA Hospital Dr. Theodore A. Koerner, former chief of the Laboratory Serice, and Dr. James R. Hughes, chief of the Medical Service of the local hospital, collaborated in the research work which lead to the develop-ment of a simple method to determine blood alcohol levels by measuring the freezing point depression of blood serum. This procedure will be used to help the physician evaluate rap-idly the degree of a suspected alcohol intoxication and to aid him in the differential diagnosis of patients who are admitted to the hospital in an unconscious state. Research programs at the Veterans Administration Hospital here include one on alcoholism being conducted by Dr. Helmut Redtzki, head of the Department of Pharmacology at Louisiana State University School of Medicine at Shreveport. (Times Photo by Terry Vaughan)
|Title||VA Hospital Has 12 Research Projects Under Way Here|
Vaughan, Terry R.
Veterans Administration Hospital (Shreveport, La.)
Allis, S. L.
Redetzki, Helmut M.
|Notes||Photo of Dr. S. L. Allis and Dr. Charles Wood. Photo of Dr. Helmut Redetzki.|
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|Source||Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport Medical Library (http://lib.sh.lsuhsc.edu)|
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