Professor David Porteous leads Generation Scotland ( This is a study of how genes and the environment influence our physical and mental health. 24,000 participants in 7,000 families attended a detailed clinic examination and answered questions on their medical history, lifestyle and habits.  Participants agreed to genetic studies, linkage to their NHS electronic health records and to be recontacted for optional follow-on studies. Further information is available at

David is a member of UK Biobank and the Aberdeen Children of the Nineteen Fifties population health cohorts. He was awarded the OBE for contributions to science in 2013.