Molecular Epidemiology Group

The Multiple Sclerosis in the Northern Isles of Scotland Study (PI Professor Jim Wilson)

The NIMS is set to investigate the genetic and other factors which might contribute to the risk of developing MS, using state-of-the-art genomic methods

Research team

Professor Jim Wilson


Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government,

Royal Society University Research Fellowship to Jim F. Wilson,

MRC Human Genetics Unit quinquennial programme “QTL in Health and Disease”,

Arthritis Research UK, and

the European Union framework program 6 EUROSPAN project.

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Recent prevalence study showed that Orkney has the highest prevalence of Multiple Sclerosis in the world, with Shetland Isles following closely. Work in Orkney and Shetland in the 1970s suggested that consanguinity was a risk factor, which would implicate recessive genetic variants in the aetiology of MS.