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Chicago Association for Research
and Education in Science

Contact Information

Name: Cindy Reutzel, MPA

Title: Executive Director

Tel: 708-343-6300   


Chicago Association for Research and Education in Science 

Building One, Room C303

5000 South 5th Avenue

Hines, IL 60610

Affiliated Medical Center

Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital Captain James A Lovell Federal Health Care Center

Total Number of Unique Patients: Hines - 55,000; Lovell-100,000

Research Square Feet: ~150,000

Number of Principal Investigators: 92

Major Areas of Research

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Dis-ease
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal Health
  • Healthcare Delivery
  • Infectious Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Obesity
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Post-traumatic Stress (PTSD)
  • Respiratory Health
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Vision Loss
  • Health Services Outcomes
  • Pharmacy Benefit Management
  • Biomechanics
  • Data Analysis

Brief Description

The Chicago Association for Research and Education in Science (CARES) has been serving veterans since 1984. The primary tax exempt purpose of CARES is biomedical, clinical and health services research as well as health related educational activities in collaboration with the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital (Hines) and the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (Lovell).

During the past year, CARES supported more than 150 individual researchers who are conducting research projects in the follow-ing areas: diabetic foot ulcers, antibiotic-resistant infections, osteoporosis, retinopathy, obesity, bladder function, neurofibromatosis, multiple sclerosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, rehabilitation research and development, pressure ulcers, hypertension, infectious diseases, colon cancer, schizophrenia, stroke, health services and outcomes research, kidney dis-ease, Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, musculoskeletal biomechanics, and more.

Hines VAH currently operates 483 beds and six community based outpatient clinics in Elgin, Kankakee, Oak Lawn, Aurora, LaSalle, and Joliet. More than 700,000 patient visits occurred in fiscal year 2014 providing care to more than 57,000 veterans, primarily from Cook, DuPage and Will counties.

1717 K ST NW Suite 900

Washington, DC 20006

202-951-7701  |

FEIN: 52-1784596

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