Dr. Robert A. Petzel, VA’s Under Secretary for Health said, “The Veterans Affairs Research and Development Program has launched the Million Veteran Program, or MVP—an important partnership between VA and Veterans to learn more about how genes affect health, and thus, transform health care for Veterans and for all Americans.”
"The merger of these distinct attributes—with the Veteran as a partner—make VA uniquely able to conduct this ground breaking genomic research.”
The Million Veteran Program is a trailblazing VA effort to consolidate genetic, military exposure, health, and lifestyle information together in one single database. The database will be used only by authorized researchers with VA, other federal health agencies, and academic institutions within the U.S.—in a secure manner—to conduct health and wellness studies to determine which genetic variations are associated with particular health issues. By identifying gene-health connections, the program could consequentially advance disease screening, diagnosis, and prognosis and point the way toward more effective, personalized therapies.
The program has been developed in close coordination with the VA Genomic Medicine Program Advisory Committee—comprised of private and public health, scientific, legal experts in the field of genetics and Veteran representatives—which advises the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and partners such as Veterans Service Organizations, the Department of Defense, and the National Institutes of Health.