The Future of Medicine is in Your Genes - Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
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Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital

 

The Future of Medicine is in Your Genes

Photo Courtesy of Hines VA Hospital

Photo Courtesy of Hines VA Hospital

By Public Affairs
Thursday, June 17, 2021

The Future of Medicine is in Your Genes

Fifteen minutes is all it takes to make a lasting difference. 

By Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital Public Affairs

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital is enrolling Veterans into the Million Veteran Program, a national research program that studies how differences in genes, lifestyle and military experiences affect Veterans' health and illnesses.

The goal is to one day give Veterans specialized care with targeted treatments and preventions based on their genetics and medical history.

“The Million Veteran Program (MVP) is a leading-edge research program whose aim is to enable genomic discoveries that can translate to improvements in the health of Veterans as well as the nation, said Dr. Salvador Gutierrez, MVP Local Site Investigator for Hines VA. “Thanks to our Veteran population, researchers can try to understand how genetics and the environment affect health and cause illness.”

Veterans can enroll online at mvp.va.gov or by scheduling an appointment at Hines VA by calling 866-441-6075 or 708-202-2599. You do not need to receive VA health care to join VA’s Million Veteran Program or schedule an appointment.

What is the Million Veteran Program (MVP)?

Since launching in 2011, nearly 840,000 Veteran partners have joined MVP, helping researchers better understand the genetics of disease in Veterans.

By collecting DNA from as many Veterans a possible, along with information on their health, lifestyle and military experiences, researchers are beginning to answer important questions like:

  • Why does a certain treatment work well for some Veterans but not others?
  • Why are some Veterans at greater risk for developing an illness?
  • How can we prevent certain illnesses in the first place?

If more women and diverse populations enroll, MVP researchers can discover new medical breakthroughs that work for all Veterans.

What does it mean to enroll?

To join MVP, you’ll be asked to:

  • Complete a consent process online at va.gov or at Hines VA Hospital by calling 866-441-6075 or 708-202-2599 to make an appointment.
  • Allow access to your health records.
  • Provide a one-time blood sample for genetic analysis.
  • Fill out occasional surveys about your health and lifestyle.

Once enrolled, you may be contacted again on a periodic basis if additional information is requested, or if there is a research opportunity you may want to consider. You will also receive newsletters about the program at least once a year with updates on research findings and other topics of interest.

Hines VA Hospital’s Million Veteran Program is located in Building 200, Room A110, of Hines’ Main Hospital Campus. Regularly scheduled office hours are Monday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more questions about MVP, explore their FAQs, or speak with a staff member at 866-441-6075 or 708-202-2599.

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