The Idaho Veterans Research and Education Foundation (IVREF) is an independent non-profit research organization, supporting the office of research and development at the Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center (BVAMC). Our team of esteemed scientists conducts world-class biomedical research in a new, fully equipped, state-of-the-art 18,000 sq. ft. laboratory facility and fully accredited animal research facility, located on the BVAMC campus. Current research areas focus on finding cures for multiple antibiotic-resistant gram-positive infectious diseases, and advanced therapies in diabetic healing, all of which are serious concerns that affect veteran's health. Current infrastructure includes cores in: microbiology, protein, tissue culture, cell isolation & characterization, molecular biology; and research administration, oversight, and compliance. With the 2016 award of a 5-year, $9 Million NIH grant to Dr. Dennis Stevens, IVREF is facilitating the establishment of a regional Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), including an HPIC core facility and expanded clinical trials focusing on emerging/re-emerging infectious disease.