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How You are Helping Research

We couldn't have managed any of our research in Shetland or Orkney without you. Here you can read about what we've accomplished thanks to your help.

ORCADES volunteers help understand sugar-coating of inflammation

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ORCADES volunteer data contributes to new findings that more than 30 different regions of DNA influence the amount of sugars found on a specific type of antibody.

Massive collaboration leads to new findings on global disease burden

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Data from ORCADES and VIKING Health Study - Shetland volunteers was included in a recent study investigating global disease burden.

High levels of rare genetic variation found in Shetland

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A recent study, using data from VIKING Health Study-Shetland volunteers, has found high levels of rare genetic variation.

Scottish Genetic Landscape Echoes the DNA of Past Kingdoms

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A study, including ORCADES and VIKING volunteer data, has found that the genetics of people across Scotland today still has similarities to distant ancestors.

DNA can help predict life expectancy

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ORCADES recently contributed to a study that can help predict life expectancy. The study was conducted by Dr. Peter Joshi and his colleagues at the Usher Institute of Population Health Science, The University of Edinburgh.

Rare Ancestral Variant found in VIKING Health Study

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DNA analysis of selected participants from the Shetland population identified a rare variant in the sequence of a gene that is known to be important in the control of heart rhythm.

Why is Multiple Sclerosis more common in Orkney and Shetland?

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The percentage of people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in Orkney and Shetland is much higher than in Scotland or the rest of the UK. A study on MS asked if particular genetic risk variants are causing this.

ORCADES study finds holidays in the sun hold key to boosting vitamin D

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Great news if you are planning a holiday! People who take foreign breaks have higher levels of vitamin D in their blood, which has been linked to wide-ranging health benefits.