We support the research and education missions of the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center.

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Our Beginning


The Philadelphia Research and Education Foundation, PREF, is a VA affiliated nonprofit corporation. VA affiliated nonprofits are unique public/private partnerships authorized through a 1988 congressional order.

PREF, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation, was established November 16, 2000 and has managed over 165 research and education projects for the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center (CMCVAMC).  PREF is also a member of NAVREF, the National Association of Veterans' Research and Education Foundations.

PREF is one of 84 nonprofit corporations that have dramatically broadened VA's ability to benefit from private and non-VA public support for research conducted at VA medical centers. 

VA researchers from the Phoenix VAMC show how non-profit foundations help keep VA Research on the cutting edge. This relationship was featured during the April 2012 VA Research Week Forum at VA Central Office. 


CMCVAMC has over 100 Principal Investigators!

PREF has worked with 29 of those investigators and the number is growing!

PREF is small yet mighty! We have managed over 25 education projects and 140 research studies to include Department of Defense (DoD) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants. Investigators enjoy working  with PREF because of the low overhead, flexibility and quick response time.

To learn more about partnering with PREF to conduct VA research or participate in a study, contact Tinesar Forrest, tinesar.forrest@va.gov, 215-823-5800 ext 3769.

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