Viking Genes cohorts

Before you apply for access, you might want to take a look and see what our cohorts have to offer. Find out more about our cohorts here.

Genetic tree showing differentiation of Orkney, Shetland and Hebridean ancestry to mainlaind UK

Viking Genes is a research project consisting of three population cohorts, Viking II & III, Viking Health Study - Shetland and the Orkney Complex Disease Study (ORCADES). Our aim is to discover genes and variants that influence the risk of complex diseases.

The reason for our focus is due to the distinct nature of the genetics in the Scottish Isles. There is an incredibly fine structure of genetics across Orkney and Shetland, with clear genetic distinction across individual isles. More recently, we have begun recruiting volunteers from the Hebrides due to isolation and clear genetic distinction from the genetics of mainland Scotland.

We are always open to collaborating on our research efforts. We're also excited to collaborate on any other research efforts you may be working on and are happy to help in any way we can. To help you decide if accessing our data or collaborating with us will be useful to you, we have provided brief descriptions of our cohorts. You can find more information in the drop-down menus below.