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Welcome to ADAPT!


The Durham Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation is one of the original VA HSR&D centers founded in 1982. We are housed under the Durham VA Health Care System, part of the Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network (VISN 6). We work with many other VA research entities and academic affiliates, such as Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill. Our funding comes from a variety of sources, both from VA organizations (e.g. Quality Research Enhancement Initiative) and other government agencies (National Institutes of Health). Many of our Principal Investigators have appointments with our academic partners, facilitating collaboration with institutions doing complimentary scholastic research. We have also formed partnerships with specialty research centers within the VA, such as the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) and Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC).

Please explore our website to learn more about our faculty, research, and educational opportunities.












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The Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation (ADAPT) was established more than 30 years ago and is organized under the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (DVAMC). DVAMC is a teaching hospital affiliated with primarily Duke University Medical Center for instruction and clinical experience in various medical specialties. The DVAMC hosts five research Centers, all of which work in coordination with one another, adding to the richness of our locale. The centers are The Geriatrics Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), The Mental Illness Research, Education & Clinical Center (MIRECC), Center of Innovation to ADAPT, The Epilepsy Center of Excellence (ECoE), Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center (CSPEC).

Close proximity to the Duke University Medical Center provides easy access to its libraries, teaching facilities, and experts across wide-ranging fields of study.  These resources are all mobilized to conduct research that enhance the healthcare experience of the Veterans we serve. Current research includes but is not limited to telehealth delivery, increasing access to care, patient-centered healthcare promotion, health services improvement and healthcare quality enhancement.  Please visit our Research page to learn more about some of our past and current work.

Our offices are located in the heart of downtown Durham in the NC Mutual building.  We are steps away from restaurants, shopping and activities, where there is something for everyone! We hope you explore our area and enjoy it as much as we do.

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The main objective at ADAPT is to develop and test strategies that enhance the delivery, quality, and cost-efficiency of care for Veterans. In partnership with our academic affiliates, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, we also support a major education objective for clinical and PhD prepared scholars through fellowship programs and didactic course work.

Within the broad area of health services research, our unifying goals are to:

1. Contribute to health services research with novelty and innovation;
2. Advance state-of-the-art methods to accelerate research discovery and practice improvement;
3. Train the next generation of VA research leaders; and
4. Translate research findings into recommended clinical practice throughout VHA.