Our Impact

Read about important health discoveries, made possible by our volunteers. Data from our volunteers has allowed 370+ research papers so far on health conditions including mental health, cancer, chronic pain, dementia, Covid-19 and many more.

Read about some of our major findings and access all of the researchers from approved researchers below.

Depression is a complicated disorder, so Generation Scotland (along with other international researchers) are bringing together large samples, brain images (MRI) and new machine learning models (AI) to identify brain markers of people with depression and develop individual treatments.

This important project is only in its first stages. This ‘dimensional’ and collaborative approach will be vital to understanding and treating depression as well as other diseases.

Levels of anxiety and depression remained high between lockdowns and worsened in the second lockdown, found researchers

Newborn blood spots from a small sample of 98 Generation Scotland volunteers were tested to see if they could be used for health research on a national scale. Here's what we found.

The findings were made after data from more than 18,000 of our CovidLife volunteers were analysed alongside volunteer data from 6 other studies.

Generation Scotland volunteer data used in large scale study that identifies a new gene location affecting kidney function.

Analysing changes to DNA in the blood can improve the ability to predict a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes within a decade.

By analysing the blood of over 9000 of our volunteers, researchers may have found a new way to predict when some health conditions might develop.

The research, using Generation Scotland volunteer data, may help highlight some genes as potential new targets for treatments.

The recent findings were made after researchers studied data from over 9,000 Generation Scotland volunteers.

A study, including data from more than 1,000 Generation Scotland volunteers, has found that early life experiences can affect cerebral small vessel disease risk.

The research, including Generation Scotland volunteer data, found 75 variations in genes that can affect a person's risk of getting gallstone disease.

People with higher levels of depression or anxiety before the pandemic have been more affected by job and healthcare disruption during the pandemic, according to a new study including Generation Scotland volunteer data.

The research, led by Carmen Amador at the University of Edinburgh, analysed genome sequence data from over 18,000 of our volunteers.

The research, led by the University of Oxford, studied the protein data over 1,000 Generation Scotland volunteers.

The research combined Generation Scotland volunteer data with data from the UK Biobank. It showed that non-alcoholic fatty liver disease can be identified from hospital and GP records.

Research, including Generation Scotland volunteer data, identifies nearly 300 variations in genes that can affect reproductive lifespan in women

Our latest results show that young people age 12 - 17 in the TeenCovidLife project were lonelier than adults in the CovidLife project at all stages of the pandemic.

Researchers, based at the University of Edinburgh, found that longer-term inflammation was related to changes in brain structure, which may help shed light on causes of depression.

A large scale genetic study, including our data, has found more regions of the genome linked to type 2 diabetes traits by using volunteer data from all over the world. This is more than if the research had been done on Europeans alone.

Over 2,000 TeenCovidLife volunteers took part in our second survey and our first results are out now. Read about them here.

Over 3,000 people, aged 16-96, from across rural Scotland took part in our RuralCovidLife survey. Find out the results of our survey here.

The new results have helped to identify new potential treatments for Covid-19. Genetic information from over 20,000 Generation Scotland volunteers played a vital role in the findings.

Generation Scotland and CovidLife volunteer data supports new findings that certain groups are more at risk of poorer mental health during COVID-19 than others.

Over 5,000 young people in Scotland took part in our TeenCovidLife survey. We've brought together the first set of results. Read all about them here.

Research, involving Generation Scotland, has found 27 new biomarkers which help to indicate mild and severe forms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

We've brought together the results of over 14,000 volunteer responses, to the CovidLife survey, in our first report. Read more about our findings here.

Thanks to major new funding from the Wellcome Trust our team has expanded and will soon be looking for more volunteers

Grapheme-coloured synaesthesia is a condition where people associate letters and numbers with specific colours. Researchers found this type of synaesthesia to share some of its biology with schizophrenia.

Generation Scotland volunteer data has helped discover that the genetics of people across Scotland today still has similarities to distant ancestors.

Researchers suggest a £10 test could be used as an early-warning system to avoid future health problems.