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Clinical Epidemiology Research Center


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CERC Research Projects

Ongoing Studies

These VA-funded or externally-sponsored research projects encompass a broad range of Veteran-centric health issues.

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CERC Publications

Recent Publications

This collection of publications reflects both the spectrum of CERC investigators as well as projects developed within the Center.

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Educational Activities

The CERC is committed to the education and training of new researchers in the advancement of scientific excellence.

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The Clinical Epidemiology Research Center (CERC) at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System located in West Haven, is a collaboration between VA Cooperative Studies Program, VA Connecticut Healthcare System, and the Yale University School of Medicine. CERC seeks to improve the health and health care of US Veterans by conducting and supporting rigorous studies involving topics in patient-oriented investigation and corresponding research methods.

The CERC was created to broaden the capacity of Veterans Affairs research, and has three specific aims:

  1. Serve as a center-of-excellence for epidemiological research within the Veterans Health Administration, conducting rigorous studies that are relevant to the health and health care of veterans.

  2. Conduct methodological projects that improve the standards of research design and data analysis used in patient-oriented research.

  3. Create an educational environment in support of collaborative epidemiological research, including training in methods of research design, biostatistics, and data processing.

Core Personnel

Mihaela Aslan, Ph.D., Acting Director

William Lance, MBA, MPA, MS, Associate Center Director of Operations

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The Clinical Epidemiology Research Center (CERC) is integrated with the pre-existing VA Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center (CSPCC), a unit that has conducted multicenter randomized trials for more than three decades. By providing a research “home” for patient-oriented investigators in multiple specialties, the CERC environment includes approximately 10 principal investigators and their corresponding research teams, as well as support staff. The CERC moved into its current space in 2004, occupying 10,000 square feet of a two-story 20,000 square feet research building dedicated to patient-oriented investigation. The Center has 25 offices, with conference rooms, archive storage rooms, and a room for photocopying and document assembly. Of note, the CERC is linked to the adjacent CSPCC building via an interior connector, and the CSPCC facility itself has 10,000 square feet of space.


Building 35A
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516

From I-91 South/Hartford

  • Follow I-91 South to I-95 South and take Exit 43.
  • At the end of the ramp, take a right onto First Avenue.
  • At the first traffic light, take a left onto Spring Street.
  • At the first traffic light, take a right onto Campbell Avenue.
  • Turn left at the blinking yellow light (approximately 1/2 block) into the VA grounds. Drive to the top of the hill. At the stop sign, take a right. Building 35A will be on your left.

From I-91 North/New York

  • Follow I-95 North and take Exit 43.
  • At the end of the ramp, take a left onto Campbell Avenue.
  • Pass two traffic lights.
  • Turn left at the blinking yellow light into the VA grounds. Drive to the top of the hill. At the stop sign, take a right. Building 35A will be on your left.

Public Transportation/Parking

Public transportation to the West Haven campus is available via the CT Transit bus line. The New Haven Train Station is 2.75 miles away. Transportation from the train station to the hospital is available via CT Transit bus or by taxi. Parking - while free - is generally at a premium. We recommend that you arrive early to ensure you make it to your appointment in ample time. Shuttles run from the parking lots to the main entrances during normal business hours.

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West Haven VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Clinical Epidemiology Research Center (CERC)
950 Campbell Avenue
Building 35A, Mailcode 151B
West Haven, CT 06516

Ph: (203) 932-5711 (xtn 3177)
Fax: (203) 937-4932

Mihaela Aslan, Ph.D., Acting Director 

William Lance, MBA, MPA, MS, Associate Center Director of Operations