Description: VA research through the million veteran program hopes to enroll as many as 1 million volunteered veteran research participants to help cure those people who suffer from trauma.
The VA research million veteran program is more than just a catchy name for a research project over the next five to seven years. VA research through the million veteran program hopes to enroll as many as 1 million volunteered veteran research participants and here at the DC VA Medical Center that journey is taken.
One veteran at a time, a million veterans program can go a long way because of the fact that we have so much electronic information. We have the electronic medical records of so many veterans in the million veteran program, we’d be able to follow these people over time, follow the veterans and see who develops service side effects, who develops certain intolerances to medications determining treatment methods based on an individual’s genetic. It is called personalized medicine and is the cornerstone of the VA research million veteran program.
The emphasis of MVP is to partner with veterans receiving their care in the veteran’s health care system to study how genes affect health being. The Air Forces is where I grew up, so I did everything on my own and I loved it, with this research, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. VA healthcare has always been very good to me, especially when I had anywhere to go, I heard about the program from my doctor, and he asked me if I would be interested being involved in the research that would help other veterans.
They drew my blood and they studied genetic factors – any illnesses that I might have. Well, I’m all for anything that’ll help with anybody with bipolar disorder or any other. The great thing about MVP is that we’re able to identify people with about all the diseases that afflict the general population.
So we’re looking at everything, from diabetes to high blood pressure to various types of cancer and to the psychiatric illnesses, for schizophrenia bipolar disorder, PTSD depression things that have a really tremendously high public health impact. All of those disorders will be represented in the million veteran program, more and more personalized medicine is becoming what we call genomic medicine.
We’re hoping to take in individuals genetic information, their genetic code to try to use that information to tailor treatments, specifically for them where they would have the best chance of getting better and a much less chance of having side effects.
We’re participating because we’re helping millions of veterans who’ve not overseas and conquered warriors in this stature, I would say to other veterans who are considering MVP that it is a good program because all the research being done now to to help find cures for just about anything.
If you are a veteran who receives care through the Veterans Health Administration, and would like to be a part of transforming healthcare for the 21st century, visit the million veteran program website or call 866 441 6075.