For 10 years, researchers at VA have been utilizing gene discovery to higher perceive the significance of genes within the well being and lives of Veterans.
At present, the Million Veteran Program is without doubt one of the world’s largest genetics-based analysis applications with over 830,000 Veterans enrolled.
VA researchers research these Veterans’ genes to higher predict illness, match therapies and assist all Veterans perceive the position their genes play of their well being. This info might result in higher therapy and preventative measures for persistent ailments like coronary heart illness, most cancers, and diabetes.
VA celebrates Nationwide DNA Day
VA celebrates Dr. Rosaland Franklin, an English chemist who helped make genetic analysis attainable. Her analysis led to the invention of the double helix DNA molecule by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953 and completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, which is now celebrated as Nationwide DNA Day April twenty fifth.
In 2011, VA introduced the launch of the Million Veteran Program. This system is a part of VA’s strategic plan to personalize medication for all Veterans. This system helps analysis that can in the future supply Veterans custom-made therapies and preventions based mostly on their genes, well being and life-style.
A frontrunner in medical analysis
For the reason that mid-1900s, VA has been driving cutting-edge medical analysis. It invented the implantable pacemaker, found aspirin’s means to scale back coronary heart assaults and dying, and accomplished the first-ever liver transplant.
Via the Million Veteran Program, VA is utilizing a decade of genetics analysis to make a distinction. VA is working to foretell the chance of most cancers and higher perceive psychological sicknesses, akin to post-traumatic stress dysfunction and despair.
Study extra about VA’s Million Veteran Program
Thanks to each Veteran who has already joined MVP. And to the MVP analysis groups shining mild on the position genetics, life-style, and navy experiences play in our well being.
Study extra at mvp.va.gov or name 866-441-6075 to talk with a staff member.
Dr. Shakeria Cohen is an AAAS fellow for the Million Veteran Program.