What's VIKING II and What's Involved?

Curious about joining VIKING II but not sure what it's all about? Find out more here.

We're inviting people to join VIKING II. It's a study looking at the genetics and health of volunteers with at least 2 grandparents from Orkney or Shetland. We aim to better understand what might cause diseases such as heart disease, eye disease, stroke, diabetes and others.

Please note: This is not an ancestry DNA test

If you choose to take part you'll be asked to provide your consent, complete a questionnaire and give a sample of your saliva.

If you'd like any specific questions answered you can visit our FAQs:

Or if you'd like a general overview, you can read out information sheets:


Below is a short overview of what to expect if you choose to sign up:

Volunteer Process Flowchart