How You're Helping Research

We couldn't have managed any of our research in Shetland or Orkney without our volunteers. Here you can read about what we've achieved thanks to their help.


Viking Health Study - Shetland (VIKING I) volunteer data has linked a harmful variant in the gene BRCA2 to a historic origin in Whalsay, Shetland

Researchers find a protein called lymphotoxin-alpha may play role in Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Methodology of genetically distinct cohort study shows pathway for genomic medicine in population health.

Viking Genes' pioneering work helps European researchers to propose pathway checklist for return of genetic results to research participants.

Orkney Complex Disease Study (ORCADES) volunteer data has helped to link a variant in the gene BRCA1 to a historic origin in Westray, Orkney.

ORCADES and Viking Health Study – Shetland volunteer data used in largest ever genetic study helps to identify 12,000 genetic variants associated with height.

A new technology has been tested on the blood samples of 96 volunteers from the Orkney Complex Disease Study (ORCADES). It showed that specific cell surface proteins have genetic links to obesity.

This latest study maps the genetics of ACE2 - a protein which Covid-19 virus uses to enter the human body. The research included data from 1,000 Orkney Complex Disease Study (ORCADES) volunteers.