Generation Scotland


GS Executive Member awarded Order of the British Empire

Congratulations to Professor David Porteous who has been awarded an OBE for services to Science in the Queen's New Year Honours List 2013.

Professor David J. Porteous, FRSE, is a founding member of the Generation Scotland Executive and Professor of Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine at the University of Edinburgh Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine.


Professor Porteous has published over 300 peer reviewed papers, for example, on the genetic risk of developing psychiatric disorders (such as the role of DISC1 in the risk of developing Schizophrenia) and Cystic Fibrosis.  He has been integral in the development of Generation Scotland.


Professor Porteous was appointed Professor of Human Molecular Genetics & Medicine, University of Edinburgh, in September 1999. He is also Head of the Medical Genetics Section, Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine, Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, University of Edinburgh, and of the Genetics Core at the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, Edinburgh.


Following a degree in Biomedical Sciences and PhD in Genetics at the University of Edinburgh, Professor Porteous spent three years as a post-doctoral researcher in Oxford, before returning to Edinburgh to take up a Medical Research Council Recombinant DNA Training Fellowship with Professor Ed Southern.  In 1983 he moved to the Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit where he was closely involved in transforming the Unit into one of the leading centres in human molecular genetics.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and a European Molecular Biology Organization Member.  He provides expert advice on genetics to the European Union, Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, the Department of Health and the UK Government and is a member of the Steering Committee for Mental Health Research UK, the first UK charity dedicated to raising funds for research into mental illnesses, their causes and cures.