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VA Palo Alto Health Care System


MVP Milestone Reached

U.S. Navy Veteran Joseph LoConte (right) has his blood drawn as part of the Million Veteran Program at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in Palo Alto, Calif.

U.S. Navy Veteran Joseph LoConte (right) has his blood drawn as part of the Million Veteran Program at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in Palo Alto, Calif., Dec. 10. LoConte is contributing to the Million Veteran Program research project that recently reached 100,000 participants.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Dec. 11, 2012 - The VA Palo Alto Health Care System took part in helping the Department of Veterans Affairs Million Veteran Program achieve nationwide enrollment of the 100,000th Veteran volunteer, marking a major milestone in the nearly 90-year history of VA research. Northern California Veterans have done their part to reach this breakthrough, with the enrollment of nearly 3,000 volunteers at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

“We’re very excited about helping to reach this target in our Million Veteran Program,” said Dr Phil Tsao, VA Palo Alto Health Care System’s Million Veteran Program site Investigator. “Perhaps because of where we are situated, our Veteran volunteers seem to be strongly attuned with the colossal impacts in research and technology that this program could reach.”

Launched in 2011, MVP is a landmark research effort aimed at better understanding how genes affect health. Up to a million Veterans are projected to enroll in the VA study over the next six years. Data and genetic samples collected through the study are stored securely and made available for studies by authorized researchers, with stringent safeguards in place to protect Veterans’ private health information. Along with the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, MVP is at 39 additional VA medical centers nationwide.

“MVP is a truly historic effort, in terms of both VA research and medical research in general,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “Veterans nationwide are helping to create a database that has the potential to help millions around the country – Veteran and non-Veteran alike.  They are continuing to serve the nation well beyond the time they stopped wearing the uniform.”

MVP provides researchers with a rich resource of genetic, health, lifestyle, and military-exposure data collected from questionnaires, medical records, and genetic analyses. By combining this information into a single database, MVP promises to advance knowledge about the complex links between genes and health. Authorized researchers are able to use MVP data to help answer important questions on a wide range of health conditions affecting Veterans, from military-related conditions such as post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, to common chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.

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