Centre for Genomic & Experimental Medicine
Centre for Genomic & Experimental Medicine

Generation Scotland Research Group

A bioresource of human biological samples and data, available for medical research. Data on ~30,000 Scottish participants in three research tissue banks

Section: Medical Genetics

Generation Scotland

Research in a Nutshell

  • A bioresource of human biological samples and data, available for medical research
  • Data on ~30,000 Scottish participants in three research tissue banks

Generation Scotland (GS) aims to create more effective treatments based on gene knowledge to the medical, social and economic benefit of Scotland and its people. Research participants from across Scotland have helped Generation Scotland create a world class biomedical resource for research into a wide variety of diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and mental health problems.

GS has created an ethically sound research resource to support medical research and identify the genetic basis of common complex diseases. It incorporates three Research Tissue Banks: the Scottish Family Health Study (GS:SFHS), Genetic Health in the 21st Century (GS:21CGH) and the Donor DNA Databank (GS:3D). Together these projects have recruited a cohort of over 30,000 people. Research participants have given consent to allow both academic and commercial research, and the majority have also given their permission to link to information from their medical records and to be re-contacted about participation in further research. Access to GS resources is coordinated by a dedicated management team and overseen by the GS Access Committee.

Generation Scotland  is a unique partnership between the Scottish University Medical Schools, NHS Scotland and the people of Scotland. It was created thanks to funding from the Scottish Government and is maintained through collaborative research. 

For much more information, go to our dedicated website:

Generation Scotland

Generation Scotland staff 2017


Professor David Porteous Principal Investigator
Archie Campbell Project Manager
Rachel Edwards Administrator



Data Access

Access to Generation Scotland resources (phenotype and genotype data, blood DNA, serum and urine) is available through a managed access process, overseen by the GS Access Committee.

Applications are managed through an online system (Collaboration Proposal e-form) which can be found on the GS Data Portal. Summary data is also available to view through this Data Portal. Please contact GS to request an account. www.gsaccess.org


Generation Scotland collaborates with academic and commercial researchers from Scotland and further afield, such as the United States, Canada and the Netherlands. In addition to collaborative projects with individual researchers, Generation Scotland contributes to various national and international consortia, such as SPIROMETA (Respiratory disease), CHARGE (Cardiovascular disease),  DPUK (the UK Dementia Platform), EPAD (European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia), CARTA (Causal Analysis Research in Tobacco and Alcohol), DOLORisk (Understanding risk factors and determinants for neuropathic pain) and PGC (Psychiatric Genetics Consortium).

Partners and Funders

  • Chief Scientist Office
  • Scottish Funding Research Council
  • Medical Research Council
  • Wellcome Trust

Scientific Themes

Biobanking, genetic and environmental risk factors, disease mechanisms, deep phenotyping, medical record linkage

Technology Expertise

Biobanking, electronic health record linkage, population and family-based cohort recruitment