VA Hits Milestone in Building Million Veteran Program Database

Posted on October 8, 2015 by Disability Help Group

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it recently hit a milestone in its Million Veteran Program (MVP). MVP is an iniative of the VA’s research department that is seeking to enroll one million veterans into a medical database. Currently, they have enrolled 400,000 veterans and are on track to becoming one of the largest, most comprehensive databases of medical information in the world.

Veterans who sign up for the MVP program do so on a volunteer basis and donate blood samples for DNA extraction and analysis. These veterans also agree to allow researchers with authorized access to use their VA health records to assess their health conditions. Researchers may also recontact some of them for future research.

Researchers may use the data in the MVP database in studies on a number of disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), heart and kidney disease, mental disorders, and substance use disorders.

The MVP database is part of a larger initiative, the Precision Medicine Initiative, that began earlier this year. The national initiative aims to provide more targeted disease treatment and prevention to individuals using genetic and personal health analysis.

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