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Generation Scotland

Generation Scotland

Generation Scotland is a volunteer led study. It aims to create more effective treatments, based on gene knowledge for the medical, social and economic benefit of Scotland and its people.

Meet the Team: Robin

Robin on a stone chair in Venice

Hi, I’m Robin!

Hi, as the Operations Manager for Generation Scotland, I provide support for the entire Generation Scotland team across many ongoing projects and new challenges. This includes working across multiple areas including communication and public engagement, data analysis, data linkage, ethics approval and overall planning of the team’s work. I’m also responsible for human resources, finances and representing Generation Scotland in many of the collaborations that Generation Scotland is a part of like the Wellcome Trust Longitudinal Population Studies Questionnaire group, CLOSER or Dementias Platform UK.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Generation Scotland has been enormous. Our plans changed dramatically, and I got a lot busier as Generation Scotland joined in the UK wide effort to produce timely research supporting the government response to the pandemic.

Longitudinal population studies like Generation Scotland provide an invaluable place to do research in situations like the pandemic. That’s because they hold data provided by their volunteers about their lives, how they are feeling and about many other topics both before and during the pandemic. As a result, I have an additional role as the Deputy Director of the UK Longitudinal Linkage Collaboration (UK LLC). We are creating a resource for researchers to access data from many different UK longitudinal population studies, to support COVID-19 research across the four nations.

When I am not busy with work, you can find me playing all kinds of games with my husband and son, going for long walks around Edinburgh or reading a good book.

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