The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that the San Francisco VA Health Care System enrolled its 5,000thvolunteer research participant in January in the national VA Million Veteran Program (MV), which is building a genetic database to help research and develop new treatments for Veterans and non-Veterans alike. One of 139 VA sites nationwide where Vets can enroll in MPV, the study was initiated in 2011. This landmark research study seeks to understand how genes impact health. The study is collecting data and genetic samples which are stored in a secure vault which is made available for studies by authorized investigators with strict safeguards to ensure Veterans’ private health information.
Nationwide MVP has now registered more than 700,000 participants. It is the largest database of its kind worldwide—an integrated health and genomic database tied to a healthcare system.