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Veterans Sought for Gene-Mapping Project

Dec 12, 2017 03:01PM ● Published by MED Editor

Veterans can now participate in a landmark gene-mapping project at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center.

The Million Veteran Program is collecting blood and information from Veterans across the country for research into illnesses that could lead to breakthroughs in treatment and cures. Researchers plan to use the samples to study diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and military-related illnesses like post traumatic stress.

 The Sioux Falls Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center recently became one of the 65 locations in the United States where Veterans enrolled in the VA Health Care System may have a blood sample taken for this project. To date, approximately 600,000 Veterans have enrolled, but this is the first chance in our region to be involved in the research project.

 Veterans may stop by and visit with Jessica Wittrock, MVP Research Coordinator, in Room A53 (by radiology) at the medical center any weekday from 8:30 AM-3:30 PM. Questions about MVP, visit www.research.va.gov/mvp or call 866-441-6075.


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