Generation Scotland

General Information

Generation Scotland (GS) is a resource of human biological samples and data which are available for medical research. We aim to create more effective treatments based on gene knowledge for the medical, social and economic benefit of Scotland and its people.

We have a unique partnership with the Scottish University Medical Schools, the NHS in Scotland and the people of Scotland.  We were able to collect our samples thanks to funding from the Scottish Government and we continue our work through collaborative research. 


A Resource for Medical Research

GS is an ethically sound resource to support medical research and identify the genetic basis of common complex diseases.  We currently have 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). 

The video below gives a brief overview about GS and what we have available:  

Our Participants

Over 40,000 people from across Scotland have contributed and make GS a world class resource for biomedical research. They participated in one of our research studies by providing blood, other samples, clinical measurements and information about their health and lifestyle. Our participants have allowed us to study a wide variety of conditions including heart disease, diabetes, chronic pain and mental health.

Participants have given consent to allow both academic and commercial research. Importantly, the majority of participants have also given permission for us to link information from their medical records and to be re-contacted about participation in future research. Access to GS resources is co-ordinated by a dedicated management team and is overseen by the GS Access Committee.



The Generation Scotland concept has been evolving for many years.  We first received funding in 2003, recruiting our first participant in 2006 and final participant in 2011. To date, we have received over 300 requests for sample and data use. We charge for access to our resources to help maintain and develop GS, enabling our service to be used in years to come.


10 Years of Generation Scotland

In 2016, we celebrated Generation Scotland’s 10 Year Anniversary. Below is a video highlighting our achievements.

We also prepared a report that looks back on the past decade as well as forward into Generation Scotland’s future. You can download this report below:


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