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Viking Health Study Shetland - VIKING

About the cohort

Start date: March 2013
Age at recruitment: 18-93
Sample size at recruitment: 2105
Estimated current sample size: 2105

The Viking Health Study – Shetland (VIKING) is a genetic epidemiology study based in an isolated population in the north of Scotland. Participants are volunteers with three or four grandparents from Shetland. It aims to discover the genes and variants in them which influence risk factors for common, complex diseases such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, glaucoma, chronic kidney and lung disease. The very rich data make it a platform resource for health and disease research. Participants are linked to hospital admissions, cancer registrations and deaths. Whole genome scans are available for all. Longitudinal data is available by linkage to NHS medical records.

Core funders

  • Medical Research Council


Principle investigator: Professor James F Wilson


Page last updated: 21 Jul 2015


  • Gender: Male, Female
  • Sample size: 0-4,999
  • 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, Hearing and vision, Reproductive
  • Psychological: Cognitive function
  • Lifestyle: Smoking, Physical activity, Dietary habits, Alcohol
  • Socio-economic: Occupation, Family circumstances, Housing, Education, Ethnic group, Marital status
  • Biological samples: Blood, Urine, Other