Generation Scotland is a cohort study of volunteers and their families to better understand the role that genes and the environment play in health, wellbeing and disease. Recruiting since 2006, our volunteers have helped support research into a wide variety of conditions including heart disease, diabetes, chronic pain and mental health.
In September 2019, the Wellcome Trust awarded Generation Scotland £5 million to continue and expand our cohort. The funding will allow the study to be opened up to new volunteers and their families by the end of 2020, inviting anybody over the age of 12 to take part.
In response to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic Generation Scotland launched a project called CovidLife. This ongoing research is looking at the psychological, social and economic impacts of COVID-19, government lockdown measures, and post-lockdown recovery. TeenCovidLife examines the issues faced by 12-17 year olds during and after lockdown. These studies are being completed by Generation Scotland members and additional volunteers from across the UK.
The Generation Scotland team is based at the University of Edinburgh. To find out more about Generation Scotland, volunteering with us or access to our research resources please visit generationscotland.org or get in touch with the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Data sets available
Generation Scotland is a registered tissue bank holding guardianship of phenotypic and genetic data as well as record linkage to NHS records.
The Scottish Family Health Study (SFHS)
Genetic Health in the 21st Century (GS:21CGH)
CovidLife (CL) & TeenCovidLife (TCL)
The Donor DNA Databank (GS:3D)
Data Linkage currently available:
SMR06 Cancer Registry
SMR04 Mental Health
Died Mortality (NRS)
Dental NHS Dentistry
Lab SCI Store lab tests
GP Primary care data