Generation Scotland

Generation Scotland Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Symposium

On January 23rd, 2006, the first Generation Scotland participants attended a Scottish Family Health Study clinic in Glasgow, so 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of Generation Scotland.

To celebrate this milestone GS organised a symposium on Friday May 6th at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) in Edinburgh, co-sponsored by the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE). Prominent researchers who have collaborated with Generation Scotland over the past decade gave short presentations, looking back at what has been accomplished, and forward to the future of Generation Scotland.

 

Around 100 academic and commercial researchers from around the United Kingdom attended the Symposium. Attendees were treated to engaging presentations on a variety of topics. Professor Anna Dominiczak (Glasgow) opened the Symposium with a talk about precision medicine. More presentations followed, on topics such as mental health (Prof Andrew McIntosh, Edinburgh), biomarkers for heart disease (Prof Naveed Sattar, Glasgow), ACONF and brain imaging (Prof Alison Murray, Aberdeen), and neuropathic pain (Prof Blair Smith, Dundee).

 

In the afternoon, the focus of the Symposium shifted to the future. Professor Andrew Morris (Edinburgh) talked about the future of healthcare in Scotland, after which a panel consisting of GS Executive Committee members and the GS Project Manager discussed the future of Generation Scotland. In the final talk of the day, Professor David Porteous (Edinburgh) outlined ways in which the GS cohort could be enriched in the future, for example by collaborating with other cohorts and adding data through online questionnaires.

 

As a result of the Symposium, GS has already received several enquiries from researchers across the UK who are interested in using the resource. We aim to build on the success of this symposium with a similar event in 2017.

 

Scroll down for photographs of the event and for downloads of the programme and several PowerPoint presentations.

 

Symposium start
Start of the Symposium in the IGMM Lecture Theatre
Caroline Hayward on Quantitative Trait Genetics
Caroline Hayward on Quantitative Trait Genetics
Lunch break at the Symposium
Lunch break at the Symposium
David Porteous presents GS metrics
David Porteous presents GS metrics
Discussion during a break
Discussion during a break in the programme
Andrew Morris, Anna Dominiczak, Blair Smith and David Porteous
Andrew Morris, Anna Dominiczak, Blair Smith and David Porteous

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