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 or get in touch with the team at

Generation Scotland datasets in the Innovation Gateway

Further Information

Follow us at:
Twitter: @genscot
Facebook: @generationscotland
Instagram: @generationscotland


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:

SMR00             Out-patients

SMR01             In-patients

SMR02             Maternity

SMR06             Cancer Registry

SMR04             Mental Health

Died                 Mortality (NRS)

Presc               Prescriptions

Dental             NHS Dentistry

Lab                   SCI Store lab tests

GP                     Primary care data