Million Veteran Program is creating an anonymous database for research.
The Million Veteran Program could help transform health care for veterans – and everyone else – by leading to new ways of predicting, preventing and treating illness.
The goal is to find 1 million veterans who agree to allow their genetic material, medical records and information about their lifestyle and military service to be used for research.
"I think about it as a bridge to the future of medicine," Dr. Joel Kupersmith, chief research and development officer for the Veterans Health Administration, said in a telephone interview from Washington, D.C. "Not only will we be able to use it to understand diseases better, and who will get them, and be able to predict things, but also to have new ways of designing treatments."
"I think this will really help with figuring out the genetic and environmental underpinnings of health and disease," Evans said.
"We have huge problems in sorting out what genetics and environment mean for human health, and the only way of doing it is with programs of this scale."