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Originally published Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 7:39 PM

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Seattle-based VA doctors win awards for research

Three local Department of Veterans Affairs doctors received awards Wednesday for research on post-traumatic stress disorder, amputations and Type 2 diabetes.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Three Seattle-based Department of Veterans Affairs doctors received national recognition Wednesday for their research helping veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, amputations and Type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Murray Raskind, a Puget Sound Health Care System psychiatrist, was honored for a series of studies that have documented the effectiveness of prazosin, a generic drug developed to treat high blood pressure, for helping to improve the sleep of veterans with PTSD. He received the VA's John Blair Barnwell Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research.

Dr. Joseph Czerniecki, the interim director of the VA's Regional Amputation Center of Excellence, received the VA's Paul B. Magnuson Award for Outstanding Achievement for his work to improve care for veterans with limb loss.

His research includes a study that examines social-support systems and other factors that can help predict an amputee's future mobility.

Dr. Kristina Utzschneider was recognized for her research that helped better understand the factors that link insulin resistance and fat accumulations on the liver, and research that documented how a low-fat diet can reduce liver fat. Utzschneider received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Currently, the VA Puget Sound Health Care System has more than 600 active research projects, with 163 staff members who are "principal investigators. Research and development receives some $26 million in annual VA funding, and another $19 million in other funding.

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