D I R E C T O R ’ S M E S S A G E
Asmuth Leads VA research enterprise
Lars Berglund, M.D., Ph.D
Since the inception of the General Clinical Research Center in 2004, David Asmuth has played a key leadership role in our program. His contributions to our center have been focused primarily on clinical and regulatory affairs. Specifically, he has been our director of the Clinical Research Center, a research unit focused on the delivery of patient care in clinical trials, and also led the Regulatory Knowledge and Support Program, which provides guidance and resources in support of clinical trials. In addition to those very important roles at the UC Davis CTSC, Dr. Asmuth is a professor of infectious diseases who specializes in HIV research in the Department of Internal Medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He was a Peace Corp volunteer in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Rural Health project, which took him to Mali, West Africa, in 1977. He also served as an Institutional Review Board (IRB) member for seven years and was a UC Davis IRB committee chair for eight years. With 62 publications, Dr. Asmuth has established himself as an investigator with much to offer in the research realm.
This expertise was noted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In April 2012, Dr. Asmuth was named associate chief of staff for research and development for the VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS). Now deployed to the Sacramento VA Medical Center in Mather, Dr. Asmuth leads the VANCHCS Research and Development (R&D) Program, which oversees protocols in human, animal and basic laboratory research. Research areas encompass health systems, including health outcomes, quality, access, utilization and cost; geriatrics; cancer; neuroscience, including audiology, Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive neuropsychology and visual motor protocols; liver disease; heart disease; and endocrine disorders, including diabetes mellitus, bone metabolism, and those associated with cholesterol.
The R&D Program also oversees research protocols at the Martinez Outpatient Clinic and Center for Rehabilitation and Extended Care, and the Sacramento VA Medical Center, in addition to collaboration with UC Berkeley and UC Davis at the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the Martinez campus. In addition, VANCHCS houses a nine-bed clinical research center, operated by the CTSC and developed through a partnership with UC Davis. This unit, located at the Sacramento VA Medical Center, offers a setting to conduct state-of-the-art, safe and controlled inpatient and outpatient studies. Active clinical projects range from Alzheimer’s disease and AIDS to cancer and bariatric weight reduction.
We congratulate Dr. Asmuth on his transition, and look forward to ongoing productive research collaborations with the VA in the years to come.