Molecular Epidemiology Group

VIKING I Study (PI Professor Jim Wilson)

The VIKING I study is a genetic epidemiology study based in an isolated population in the north of Scotland.

Research team

Professor Jim Wilson

Professor Sarah Wild


  • MRC Human Genetics Unit quinquennial programme grant “QTL in Health and Disease”.

More information

The VIKING I study aims to identify genetic variants influencing the risk of common complex diseases of public health importance. The study benefits from rich phenotyping and whole genome sequence data, as well as a tissue bank and prospective follow-up through NHS data linkage. All participants have ancestry from the isolated Shetland archipelago and show genetic features consistent with strong genetic drift.