Departments of Veterans Affairs

COMIRB serves as one of the IRBs for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS).

Site Specific Information

The Department of Veteran Affairs Research Service aspires to discover knowledge, develop VA researchers and health care leaders, and create innovations that advance health care for our veterans and the nation. 

The VA Research Office supports the hospital’s efforts to provide high quality health care to veterans through the VA’s four research programs: Biomedical Research and Development, Clinical Science Research and Development (includes Cooperative Studies Programs), Health Services Research and Development; and Rehabilitation Research and Development. 

The Research and Development (R&D) Committee, with assistance from the Research Office, oversees all human subjects research, including clinical trials research, medical records reviews, and human tissue studies. 

The VA Research Office is located in Building A, 3rd Floor (southeast corner).

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VA Research Study Submissions

All new studies, amendments and continuing reviews must be submitted to the VA prior to submitting to COMIRB. Upload your VA clearance letter in InfoED when you submit your application to COMIRB.

For questions about conducting research at the VA email:

VA submission portal: If you are a new user, affiliate with Eastern Co. VA Health Care System, Aurora, CO, when you register.

General Contact Information:

Research Administrative Office
PH: 720-857-5095
Fax: 303-377-5686

Important Contacts

Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) ManagerBrandi Lippmannbrandi.lippmann@va.gov720-857-5106
Research Compliance AnalystTodd Furbachertodd.furbacher@va.gov720-857-5105
VA Research and Development Committee CoordinatorKarleen Strattonkarleen.stratton@va.gov720-857-5107
Research Compliance OfficerJohn Kelly
Chair, Subcommittee on Research SafetyAmy Keller


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