Research and Development (R&D) Service - G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center
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G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center


Research and Development (R&D) Service

Mail to

G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center
Research Service, 3rd, R303
1500 E. Woodrow Wilson Drive
Jackson, MS 39216


Phone/Voice: 601-364-1315
Fax: 601-364-1390
VA Extension: 1315

Hours of Operation

M-F 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Welcome to the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center Research Service website.  This site is made available for the Jackson VAMC research community to provide information to researchers and their staff on policies, procedures, funding opportunities, and other important information.

The Research Service is committed to promoting the conduct of research in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in a manner that protects human subjects and their data, animal subjects, and VA personnel involved in research. The Research Service maintains open communications with researchers and staff under its oversight and will promptly respond to questions, concerns, and suggestions. 

The Research Service coordinates submissions of all VA research proposals, and is responsible for the administration of all ongoing research programs.  The Research Service provides clerical and administrative support to manage the R&D Committee and its subcommittees which includes the Human Research Protections Program (HRPP), Institutional Review Board (IRB), Subcommittee on Research Safety (SRS), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and others.

The Research Service also functions as the authority for research policies, procedures, regulations, and guidelines regarding research utilizing humans, animals, use of VA patients and their data, VA space, and VA investigators.

The Medical Center Director serves as the Institutional Official (IO) responsible all aspects of the research program including but not limited to: human subjects’ protection, animal welfare care and use, privacy and security of VA data, and biosafety. 

Research Service maintains open communications with researchers and staff and will promptly respond to questions, concerns, and suggestions. Please call the Research Administrative Office at (601) 364-1315, or stop by the office, 3rd floor/R303, of the Research & Education Building, room.

Research Contacts

Staff may be contacted by dialing (601) 362-4471, and the extensions listed below, or contact the Research secretary at (601) 364-1315.

Name and TitleTelephone ExtensionE-mail Address
Federico Gonzalez-Fernandez, MD
ACOS for Research and Development (ACOS/R&D)
Wanda Hayes
Administrative Officer for Research and Development(AO/R&D)
Jamila Howell, BS
Research Secretary
Charlenda Blount, MPH
R&D Committee Coordinator
Merchell Pittman, MS
Institutional Review Board (IRB) Coordinator
Charlenda Blount, MPH
VA Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (VA IACUC) of Record Coordinator
Jamila Howell, BS
Subcommittee on Research Safety (SRS) Coordinator
Martha Hill-Holloway
Research Compliance Officer (RCO)
Angela Jones, RPh
Research Pharmacists
Charlenda Blount, MPH
Research Program Facilitator
Alicia Drake
Research, Mississippi! Inc. Non Profit Corporation, Executive Director