VIKING II - New Study

Thanks to recent Medical Research Council (MRC) funding, we are happy to announce that we aim to recruit 4,000 more people from Orkney and Shetland into our new study ‘VIKING II’

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The research teams behind Orkney Complex Disease Study (ORCADES) and the VIKING Health Study – Shetland (VIKING) are the team supporting the new study. They're based at the University of Edinburgh, at the MRC Human Genetics Unit, MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine and the Usher Institute.

In April 2018, it was announced that The MRC Human Genetics Unit received a £53 million funding boost from the Medical Research Council (MRC), supporting research for the next 5 years. We're pleased to confirm that the ORCADES and the VIKING teams received part of this funding, so that we may continue developing our understanding of common, complex diseases.

We're now recruiting more volunteers from Orkney and Shetland. We're merging aspects of the ORCADES study with VIKING, and aim to recruit a further 4,000 participants with ancestry (two or more grandparents) from Orkney or the Shetland Isles.

The new “VIKING II” recruitment will take the total number of participants to 8,000, which will enable us to further develop our research into important diseases such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, kidney disease and more.

If you'd like to learn more about VIKING II you can read about it in the link below:


If you're not yet part of one of our studies and believe you're eligible for this study, you can register using our online form:

Registration Form

We'd like to thank those who participated in previous studies and hope to see more of you become involved with our research! Details of how to get involved will be available soon.