The VA's Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) funds nineteen Centers of Innovation (COINs). The COIN program rewards research innovations and partnerships to ensure that research has the greatest possible impact on VHA policies, healthcare practices, and health outcomes for Veterans.

The IDEAS 3.0's mission is to advance scientific discovery, implement novel interventions, promote cross-center collaboration, increase research capacity, and engage operational partners in order to improve the health of Veterans.

One of the focus areas that the IDEAS 3.0 center is interested in, is hospital-associated infections (HAI), which has a direct association with infection prevention and antibiotic use. The Infectious Diseases Research Program was developed to maintain a cohesive and efficient administrative team that can support a sustainable an expansive program grounded in established scientific practices, utilizing state-of-the-art methods and successfully completing projects, which enhance the environment and the applicability of our results to other projects, programs, and medical centers.


Joined IDEAS August 2014. Catherine is involved in the strategic planning activities, decision-making, evaluation, and other tasks associated in maintaining and building the Infectious Diseases research portfolio. Bridges the gap of knowledge between Principal Investigators and research staff. Provides technical and administrative supervision to project managers, study coordinators, and other research staff within the infectious disease research program.

When not at work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two step boys.

Kristina Stratford, BS

Clinical Research Coordinator Sr.

Joined IDEAS September 2015. Kristina coordinates the implementation, quality control, and completion of research studies while assisting the Principal Investigator and  in determining and accomplishing study objectives. Oversees qualitative and quantitative research studies in an administrative and operational capacity while maintaining compliance with guidelines set by governing agencies.

When not at work, she enjoys cooking with her husband.

Tavis Huber

Program Specialist

Joined IDEAS in July 2014. Tavis works on regulatory compliance for Human Subject research within the University of Utah and VA's Central IRB. He ensures all milestones are met and the projects meet their proposed goals. Responsible for grant submission documents such as Biosketches, Letters of Support, Bibliographies etc. Liaises with personnel from University of Utah, VA Medical Centers, and industry partners to ensure successful project completion.

When not at work, he enjoys riding his Harley.

Jessica Cole, BA

Regulatory Research Coordinator

Joined IDEAS November 2016. Jessica coordinates the daily operations, orderly, and safety of the research project and maintains adequate resources for the Principal Investigator and study team to accomplish research objectives of project. Advises team regarding specific study assignments and timelines. Explains and obtains informed consent, maintains regulatory documents and drafts progress reports.

When not at work, she adores hanging out with her husband and son.