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Celebrating Generation Scotland Participants

As part of the MRC Festival 2018, we held a tea party for a select number of our participants to celebrate their involvement in our research. We could not have managed any of our research without them.

On 23rd June 2018, we invited 45 GS participants who attended the "Celebrating Your Contribution to Scottish Cohort Studies" event to visit us at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) to learn more about our research at a prosecco tea party.

Professor David Porteous OBE, who conceived and initiated Generation Scotland, provided a comprehensive overview of how genes, lifestyle and the environment influence disease and wellbeing. So far, we have had 300 applications to use participant data and over 180 research papers have been published.

Dr Carmen Amador, Research Scientist, Quantitative Trait Locus (QTL) programme, outlined research on the regional differences in obesity within Scotland, Christina Joseph, a PhD student in the Human Genetics Unit described a Scottish Family Health Study. The programme of talks was closed by Professor Jim Wilson, MRC Human Genetics Unit and the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, who described the genetic ancestry of Scotland and the British Isles.

After listening to the talk, participants were invited to watch 2 new videos that some of them had previously agreed to take part in. Everyone chatted animatedly together on the sun-soaked balcony, enjoying a delicious prosecco cream tea, provided by Mimi's Bakehouse, the Scottish Bakery Cafe of the Year 2017-18!

David Porteous Talk MRC Festival 2018