The Million Veteran Program (MVP) is a trailblazing VA effort to consolidate genetic, military exposure, health, and lifestyle information together in one single database. The database will be used 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 advance disease screening, diagnosis, and prognosis and point the way toward more effective, personalized therapies.
Dr. J. Michael Gaziano, Scientific Director of The Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center at the VA Boston Healthcare System is Co-Chairman of the MVP Study. VA Boston Healthcare System, host site and the first VA facility to enroll Veterans into this study starting in January of 2011, is the site of a state-of-the-art biorepository recently completed at the Jamaica Plain campus. The biorepository is storing the blood samples of the Veterans from the 50 participating VA sites across the country. To date over 210,000 veterans have enrolled of which over 4,000 have enrolled at VA Boston.
Veterans in the Brockton area who are enrolled in VA healthcare can now join the study by visiting the Brockton campus of VA Boston Healthcare System located at 940 Belmont Street, Brockton. Veterans can stop by Building 3, 3rd floor, room B318 any Tuesday or Wednesday between 8:00am and 1:00pm or Thursday between 8:00amand 2:00pm to meet with a study representative. The enrollment process is quick and easy and takes only 20 minutes. No appointment is necessary, walk-ins are welcome.
For more information about MVP, call 866-441-6075 or visit www.research.va.gov/MVP for information on the safeguards in place to protect the privacy and confidentiality of those Veterans who take part.