About Western Institute for Biomedical Research

Our Mission

Western Institute for Biomedical Research (WIBR) is a nonprofit corporation established in 1989 to promote research and related educational activities at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, by providing a flexible funding mechanism for private and public grants to support VA (Veterans Affairs) approved research projects.

Our History & Purpose

The Western Institute for Biomedical Research, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, was established in 1989 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to serve as a funding mechanism for research and education projects at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System. After years of serving both industry and foundation sponsors, the Western Institute for Biomedical Research also began to administer federal projects in 2005 and has grown its federal portfolio as its team of investigators continues to serve the healthcare needs of veterans and the general public through significant and productive research and through the accompanying opportunities in education.

Western Institute for Biomedical Research investigators are recognized leaders in a number of notable disciplines. Included among the number of projects Western Institute for Biomedical Research investigators have pursued are studies in these areas of concentration as well as many others:

  • Orthopedics/Prosthetics
  • Suicide
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Gulf War Illness
  • Oncology
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Medical Informatics
  • Osteoporosis
  • COPD
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiology
  • Nephrology
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • ALS
  • Epilepsy
  • Sleep Apnea

Investigators and staff are dedicated to the enhancement of veterans' lives, and WIBR is committed to supporting the research and education effort by enabling projects funded by other federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, foundations, academic institutions, and for-profit companies.

In addition to our federal, institutional, and industry sponsors, WIBR also works in concert with private donors to support its overall agenda, a worthy cause in support of veterans.