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.

Category: David Porteous

Professor David Porteous is the Prinicipal Investigator of Generation Scotland. Read his monthly updates here.

What’s in a name? Why are we called Generation Scotland? The Scotland bit is pretty clear. We are all about the health and well-being of the people of Scotland. Why is a study in Scotland important and valuable? We have our fair share (and in some respects an unfair share) of the health problems found […]

A key message coming through from the Covid-19 pandemic is that we need to pay equal attention to our well-being, mental and physical health. It was not so long ago that opening up to mental health issues was seen as a sign of weakness. Now it is a sign of emotional strength. There is heightened […]

Generation Scotland tackles important questions about health risk. What matters most: nature (genetic and biological factors) or nurture (environmental and social factors)? With rare exceptions, the evidence almost always points to a combination of both. Here’s why. Some medical conditions really are only down to genetics. We know of about 5,000 different examples. Most are […]

Thanks to vaccination, the number of new cases in hospital has plummeted, but the NHS is still under pressure. Long Covid is a worry. It’s a condition described as people who haven’t recovered by 12 weeks after first showing signs and symptoms of Covid-19. Every extra day spent in an ICU or a hospital bed […]

This picture was taken at a get-together on 20th February 2016. I am about four rows from the front standing next to a classmate from primary school in a bright red jacket. We hadn’t seen each other since I left school. The event? A reunion of members of the Aberdeen Children of the Nineteen Fifties, […]

Since ancient times, the 1st of May or May Day (Beltane in Scotland), has marked the transition from Spring to Summer. As a student in Edinburgh in the 1970’s, it meant climbing Arthur’s Seat and washing your face in the morning dew, and perhaps missing a few lectures later. While May 2020 gave us little […]

The UK entered lockdown on 23rd March, 2020.  The first anniversary of that day was one for sober reflection. But as vaccination has brought COVID-19 case numbers way down, it’s appropriate to send out a Happy Easter message to all. Yes, it will once again be a ‘stay at home’ Easter, but hopefully the last. […]

Winter is in the past and Spring is nearly with us. The bulbs and leafing trees tell us so. There are reasons to feel a spring in our step. Pupils are heading back to school! The UK-wide rollout of the vaccine is going remarkably well. We have passed 20 million adults getting their first dose. […]

At the start of 2021, I was reminding myself of this time last year. There was awareness of a novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. Who could have imagined that it would sweep across the globe and dominate all of our lives from March onwards? Sadly and tragically, we have just passed 100,000 COVID deaths in […]

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