Research and Development - Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital
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Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital


Research and Development

At the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center, we conduct research in basic and clinical science. Some of the areas our research focuses on are:

  • Brain research involving drug addiction, stress and sleep, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Kidney research studying kidney damage related to obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes and studies of the control of filtration rate.
  • Mechanisms of DNA repair following DNA damage by ultraviolet light (relates to skin cancer caused by sunlight).
  • Better methods for controlling blood cholesterol.
  • Stroke research in diabetic patients.
  • Research involving blood vessel repair and strengthening.
  • Multi-site Medication Reconciliation quality improvement study. 
  • Tele-medicine research involving comprehensive weight management program to underserved areas.

Because we are a teaching hospital, we involve students in our research. In the summer of 2012, ten students worked on projects with our scientists. Support for the students came from a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Biomedical Infrastructure Network (BRIN) grant, from the Center for Biological Control and Analysis by Applied Photonics at South Dakota State University, and from the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota.

The protection of people and animals is very important to us. Here are some of the steps we have taken to protect research subjects:

  • We are committed to the protection of human and animal research subjects and have special committees to ensure this. 
  • Our animal research facility has full accreditation by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, Int. (AAALAC, Int.). 
  • The Human Subjects Protection Program has full accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).

If you are interested in participating in VA research, please view the informational brochure.

For comments, concerns or questions regarding research conducted at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center, please contact one of the following:



Research & Development Committee
Chair-Jem Hof, MD

Karen Munger, PhD,
Coordinator/Research and Development
Research Integrity Officer
VA Medical Center
1-605-336-3230 x6502

Subcommittee for Research Safety
Chair- Pat Ronan

Scott Harvill, MHA
Administrative Officer
VA Medical Center
1-605-336-3230 x6576 

Animal Resource Center
William H. Percy, Ph.D
University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 1-605-677-5479

Ann Waterbury
Office of Human Subjects Protection (IRB)
University of South Dakota
FAX: 1-605-677-3134




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Contact Info


  • Sioux Falls VA Health Care System

Contact Number(s)

  • 605-336-3230 Ext. 6502/6576
  • 605-357-1588

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm