Generation Scotland: Timeline


May STRADL brain scans and new longitudinal data collection (funded by Wellcome Trust).
Apr Start of Follow-on study on Mental Health - questionnaires and web form data collection.
Mar GS:SFHS Research Tissue Bank status renewed for 5 more years.


Sep 6,000 more participants annotated, bringing total to 20,000.
Jun GS co-authors its 50th research paper.
Apr GS receives their 200th research collaboration request.


Sep  4,000 more participants have genetic annotation undertaken.
May Comprehesive genetic annotation of first 10,000 participants completed
Feb First collaborative study using genetic information from GS published: GS helps identify new genes that affect lung function and risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.


Jul GS publishes first detailed description of the Scottish Family Health Study (GS:SFHS). Please read - Cohort profile: Generation Scotland: Scottish Family Health Study (GS:SFHS). The study, its participants and their potential for genetic research on health and illness, by Smith et al. in the International Journal of Epidemiology here.
Apr GS receives their 100th research collaboration proposal.
Dr Kerr attended and presented a poster on GS at the “Genomic Disorders 2012 – The Genomics of Rare Diseases” conference based at the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre in Cambridge, 21st - 24th March
  A highly successful GS Symposium sponsored and hosted by Health Science Scotland & Nexxus, held at The Lighthouse in Glasgow on 13th March
  A new published article, 'Alzheimer’s disease risk factor complement receptor 1 is associated with depression', by Hamilton et al. using GS:SFHS.
  BBC report on Prof Andrew Morris' new appointment as the Chief Scientist for Scotland.
Feb Dr Kerr gave a talk on GS at the Biobanking & Biomarkers workshop of the BHF CoRE synergy meeting at Guy’s Hospital, London 20th February.
  GS form a partnership with Health Science Scotland (HSS).
Jan Dr Shona Kerr attended the kick-off meeting for the MArkers for Sub-Clinical CArdiovascular Risk Assessement (EU-MASCARA) project in Glasgow, 19th January.


Nov Dr Robin Morton and Pamela Linksted attended a GS stand at the 'Science and Parliament Conference', held at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.
Sep GS:21CGH final report submitted to the University of Edinburgh by Dr Robin Morton.
Aug Dr Shona Kerr represented GS at "The Genomics of Common Diseases" Conference 2011, at the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Cambridge, 30th August - 2nd September
  GS:21CGH receive favourable ethical opinion from NHS research ethics committee for setting up a Research Tissue Bank.
  A new Lung function publication by Artigas et al. was accepted August 2011 in Nature Genetics. This can viewed online here. 
Jun A new PLoS ONE article by McLeish et al. published - Sero-Prevalence and Incidence of A/H1N1 2009 Influenza Infection in Scotland in Winter 2009–2010
Apr Generation Scotland are awarded further funding from the Chief Scientist Office (CSO)
Mar More than 24,000 volunteers in the Scottish Family Health Study.
  GS:SFHS sees its final recruits on the 31st of March.


Dec GS samples contribute to a Nature Genetics publication on lung function.
Nov A new published article using the Donor DNA Databank and 5,000 recruits through SNBTS by Dr Shona Kerr et al.
May GS:SFHS starts recruitment in Aberdeen.
  Generation Scotland receives its 50th Access Proposal.
Apr GS:SFHS reaches 15,000 participants.
  GS data used in a published study of cognitive ability and risk of cardiovascular disease.
Mar GS:3D and GS:SFHS both receive ethical approval for setting up a Research Tissue Bank.


Jun 10,000th volunteer takes part in the Scottish Family Health Study.
May Recruitment to the Biomarkers for Battling Chronic Diseases project begins in Aberdeen.
Jan GS:21CGH meets recruitment targets in Peterhead and Aberdeen.


July Generation Scotland completes recruitment to the Donor DNA Databank (GS:3D).
Jan Generation Scotland starts recruitment to the Donor DNA Databank (GS:3D) in Glasgow and Edinburgh.


Nov The launch of GS:21CGH recruitment in Banff and Peterhead is marked by a Press Release and a report in The Press and Journal.
May UK Biobank starts recruiting in Scotland. Generation Scotland and UK Biobank issue a joint Press Release highlighting the complementary nature of the two projects.
Feb Generation Scotland starts recruitment to Genetic Health in the 21st Century (GS:21CGH) in Aberdeenshire and Edinburgh.


Dec One thousand participants enrolled in the Scottish Family Health Study in December 2006 - see Press Release.
Nov Generation Scotland hosts an international Symposium on Pharmacogenetics at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow.·To see the meeting report, click here.
  Multi-Centre Research Ethics Committee Approval is granted for the Generation Scotland Donor DNA Databank project (GS:3D).
Apr Multi-Centre Research Ethics Committee approval is granted for the Generation Scotland Genetic Health in the 21st Century project (GS:21CGH).
Feb Generation Scotland is officially launched on 2nd February by Andy Kerr MSP, Minister for Health and Community Care, and Professors Andrew Morris and David Porteous at an Edinburgh Lecture presented by Professors Morris and Porteous - see Press Release.
Jan Recruitment to the Scottish Family Health Study starts in January 2006.


  The Scientific Group agree that the Donor DNA Databank project (GS:3D) should come under GS management and governance.
  Multi-Centre Research Ethics Committee Approval is granted for Phase I of the Scottish Family Health Study - see Generation Scotland Newsletter issue 6.
  The 21CGH and SFHS projects are jointly developed under the Generation Scotland banner - see the GHI Press Release and the Generation Scotland Newsletter Issue 5.


  The Chief Scientist Office funds the project 'Collection of a control cohort from the Scottish population as a national DNA resource for human genetic studies', now known as GS:3D.
  The Scottish Executive Health Department awards a Genetics Healthcare Initiative grant of £4.4m for the Scottish Family Health Study project (SFHS). See Generation Scotland Newsletter Issue 4




2003 The Scottish Executive Health Department announces the Genetics Healthcare Initiative. For more information, see Newsletter Issue 2, Newsletter issue 3 and the GHI Guidance document.
  The Scottish Higher Education Funding Council awards a Strategic Research Development Grant of £1.79m for the project Genetic Health in the 21 st Century (21CGH).
2002 Scottish Enterprise supports Phase 2 business planning.
  Innogen initiates a Programme of Public Consultation and Engagement.
  The Generation Scotland plan is endorsed at a Discussion Dinner at the Royal Society of Edinburgh - see RSE Meeting Report
2001 Scottish Enterprise supports Phase 1 business planning.
1999 The Generation Scotland outline is endorsed by the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientist.
  University of Edinburgh pump-primes Generation Scotland proposal.

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