VA Research has played an important role since the early days of the Veterans Health Administration. VA investigators across the country have worked for more than 50 years to bring new treatments, new diagnostic methods, and better quality of life to veterans and non-veterans as well. The Midwest Biomedical Research Foundation is a private, non-profit entity, incorporated November 1998 and affiliated with the VA Medical Center Kansas City Missouri and the University of Kansas Medical School. The Foundation's purpose is to support the research activities of its members. All members hold appointments at the Kansas City VA Medical Center, or the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System or the Wichita Kansas VA Medical Center.