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Generation Scotland: Scottish Family Health Study (GS:SFHS)

About the cohort

Start date: 23/01/2006
Age at recruitment: 18-100
Sample size at recruitment: 24090
Estimated current sample size: 24090

The study recruited probands and their family members. Recruitment ended 10/05/2011. Baseline data was collected at a single clinic visit. Longitudinal data is available by linkage to NHS medical records. Some participants are being invited to new clinic visits in 2015-17.

Core funders

  • Initial core funding from Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office
  • Genotyping funded by MRC & Wellcome Trust 
  • Currently limited funding from NHS Lothian



Principle Investigator: Professor David Porteous 


Page last updated: 21 Jul 2015


  • Gender: Male, Female
  • Sample size: 20,000-49,999
  • Age: 10 to 19, 20 to 39, 40 to 59, 60 to 100
  • Anthropometric: Height, Weight, Waist circumference, Hip circumference, Blood pressure
  • Physical: Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Musculoskeletal, Reproductive
  • Psychological: Mental health, Cognitive function
  • Lifestyle: Smoking, Physical activity, Dietary habits, Alcohol
  • Socio-economic: Occupation, Finances, Family circumstances, Housing, Education, Ethnic group
  • Biological samples: Blood, Urine