Can MVP help us to understand the genetics of prostate cancer?

According to an announcement from the Veterans Administration (VA), it intends to roll out a new program called the Million Veterans Program or MVP which will allow pre-approved research teams to access (de-identified) genetic, military exposure, health, and lifestyle information on U.S. veterans together through one single database.

While one shouldn’t get overly excited by this opportunity — since the quality of any research output will depend on the quality of the data in the database, this concept certainly does offer the potential to look at how a whole range of genetic and life experience factors might affect risk for specific types of prostate cancer in a very large database. According to the announcement, MVP was launched in January this year at a single VA medical center, and will be expanded to achieve the goal of national participation by all veterans receiving VA care over the next 5-7 years.

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  1. Great blog!! Read it every day!

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