WISE Chicago

About WISE

WISE is an Illinois-registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that advances the care for our veterans’ education and research initiatives.  WISE realizes that a commitment to accelerating basic and clinical translational research efforts must be centered on developing multidisciplinary teams with expertise in veterans’ health both within and outside the VA medical center.

We are located at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in the Illinois Medical District near the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. WISE manages the funding of research and education at Jesse Brown and strives to connect with the communities that our veterans call home, thereby empowering the individuals this recognized Medical Center serves. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life of the veteran population through education, research, and sustainable community engagement in the greater Chicago area and beyond.

WISE aims to foster and support the development of research programs across a broad spectrum of disciplines that will provide solutions to the chronic medical conditions and social issues that affect our service members on an individual level, which also impacts our communities and the general population as a whole. Special emphasis will be placed on multidisciplinary efforts that harness the resources available at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Hines VA, the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, and community and academic hospitals throughout the Chicago region. The goal of this multi-faceted partnership is to reciprocally transfer expertise between community, VA, and academic institutions, in order to synergistically improve the health and well being of Chicago’s large veteran population.

WISE’s operations strive to be as efficient and effective as possible, endeavoring to apply every resource to advance our research and education mission. And because all results from VA-approved research are in the public domain, while our primary focus is dedicated to advancing veterans’ care, the fruits of those efforts will have a far-reaching impact that benefits every community.