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Million Veteran Program (MVP)


Investigator Access

What's Available

  • Participant contact information: Name and contact information of participants who consent to be re-contacted for future studies
  • Research data: Individual participant data
  • Biospecimens: Coded DNA, buffy coat, and plasma samples

Available Documentation 

Check with study contact or publications

Dates Data are Available 

Currently available to VA-affiliated investigators

Access Criteria

Data and biospecimens from the MVP will be made available for genomic and epidemiological studies that will inform health care delivery. Access to MVP data and/or samples is governed by the scope of MVP informed consent and VA policies, and requires scientific review by appropriate VA review committees. For information on access, see the MVP website or contact  

Study Characteristics


The goal of MVP, by providing a framework for scientifically valid and clinically relevant genomic medicine, is to enhance the care of the Veteran population.

The overarching objective of MVP is to improve understanding of how health is affected by genetic characteristics, behaviors, and environmental factors.

Era of Service



Active users of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) with the ability to provide informed consent

Study Design 

Longitudinal cohort and biobank

Time Period 

2011 - present




Ongoing enrollment; >600,000 participants as of September 2017

Response Rate

13.2% as of August 2015

Recruitment Method    

Veterans are identified from VA databases and recruited via invitational and appointment mailings. In addition, Veterans are recruited at selected VHA clinical sites.



Data Collected

  • Demographics
  • Clinical data and medical history
  • Family pedigree and family history of specific illnesses
  • DNA from blood samples
  • Health status and sense of well-being
  • Lifestyle habits such as dietary behaviors, sleep, and exercise
  • Military experience
  • Environmental exposures

Data Collection Methods

  • Survey questionnaires
  • VA electronic health records
  • Blood samples collected by phlebotomists

Funding Source 

VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP)


J. Mike Gaziano, MD, MPH  


Selected Publications 

Gaziano JM, Concato J, Brophy M, Fiore L, Pyarajan S, Breeling J, Whitbourne S, Deen J, Shannon C, Humphries D, Guarino P, Aslan M, Anderson D, LaFleur R, Hammond T, Schaa K, Moser J, Huang G, Muralidhar S, Przygodzki R, O'Leary TJ. Million Veteran Program: A mega-biobank to study genetic influences on health and disease. J Clin Epidemiol. 2016 Feb;70:214-23.

Nguyen XMT, Quaden RM, Song RJ, Ho YL, Honerlaw J, Whitbourne S, DuVall SL, Deen J, Pyarajan S, Moser J, Huang GD, Muralidhar S, Concato J, Tsao PS, O’Donnell CJ, Wilson PW, Djousse L, Gagnon DR, Gaziano JM, Cho K. VA Million Veteran Program. Baseline characterization and annual trends of body mass index for a mega-biobank cohort of US veterans 2011–2017. Health Res Rev. 2018;5(2):98-107.1 

More Information

Study website
Study press release

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