Vietnam-Era Twin Registry - Contact Us & Staff - Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC)
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Vietnam-Era Twin Registry - Contact Us & Staff


There are three ways to contact the study team

  1. The best way to reach us is by calling our toll-free number: 1-800-329-8387, extension 61964. This number leads directly to the VA Puget Sound main operator. Bypass the automated message by dialing extension 61964 at any time.

  2. Send mail to:
    VA Puget Sound Health Care System
    VET Registry, Seattle ERIC (Mailstop: S-152-E)
    1660 S Columbian Way
    Seattle, WA 98108

  3. Researchers with general inquiries can reach us at: VETR@va.gov

    Due to VA security and privacy requirements and to protect our research participants’ information, we can’t respond to emails from VET Registry members.

If you would like to confirm the legitimacy of the VET Registry 

Call the VA Puget Sound Institutional Review Board (IRB) at 1-206-277-1715. The IRB is a group at VA Puget Sound that reviews research involving humans. It makes sure that research is ethical and follows VA and federal government requirements. The IRB isn’t part of the VET Registry team.  

Scientific Staff 

Nicholas L. Smith, PhD, is the Director of the Seattle ERIC, Director and Principal Investigator of the VET Registry, and is also Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. His research interests include cardiovascular pharmaco- and pharmacogenetic epidemiology, clinical epidemiology, and health services research. He has been involved with VA-based epidemiologic and health services research for over a decade.

Research Staff

Shauna Frank, MPH, is the Lead Project Manager for the VET Registry. Her overall responsibilities include the day to day management of the Registry operations, general oversight of studies, and management of research staff. Shauna keeps the Registry running smoothly, ensuring it will remain successful in the future.

Erin Hoffmann, MPH, 
is the Project Manager for the VET Registry. Her overall responsibilities include the day to day management of the Registry operations, general oversight of studies, and management of research staff. Erin keeps the Registry running smoothly, ensuring it will remain successful in the future.

Yarizel Herrera, BS, is a Research Assistant for the VET Registry. She assists with the daily needs of the VET Registry including study recruitment, preparing IRB paperwork, data entry, and database maintenance.