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Association of VA Hematology/Oncology forms alliance with VA-Affiliated non-profit community through NAVREF

18 Sep 2017 2:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


AVAHO and NAVREF Announce Partnership

Washington, DC, September 18, 2017 – The Association of VA Hematology and Oncology (AVAHO) and the National Association of Veterans’ Research and Education Foundations (NAVREF) are pleased to announce an alliance between the two organizations.  This relationship will help promote VA sites and clinicians to the clinical trials industry while creating a more efficient process from identification of appropriate study sites to smoother study implementation.

“The members of AVAHO believe veterans deserve greater access to innovative oncology/hematology clinical trials in VA medical centers,” said Julie Lawson, Executive Director of AVAHO. “We know NAVREF shares our passion for veterans and by partnering we can extend our reach and ability to impact the lives of more veterans.”

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with AVAHO,” said Rick Starrs, CEO of NAVREF. “We share common values and common goals, ultimately seeking to improve the health of veterans. This partnership with AVAHO will bring NAVREF closer to achieving our vision of a nation in which veterans receive the finest care based on innovative research and education.”

AVAHO is a nonprofit organization with the mission of providing a forum for interaction with Hematology/Oncology professionals who are dedicated to caring for our nation’s veterans.  Current membership comprises medical oncologists and hematologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, cancer registrars, and other allied health professionals.  AVAHO facilitates cooperation among VA staff to enhance professional careers and improve patient care. Visit


Formed in 1992, the National Association of Veterans' Research and Education Foundations (NAVREF) is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization of research and education foundations affiliated with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers. These nonprofits, also known as the VA-affiliated nonprofit research and education corporations (NPCs) are authorized by Congress to provide flexible funding mechanisms for the conduct of research and education at VA facilities nationwide. Currently, NAVREF has 76 members.


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