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Public Health awareness to help scientists in Scotland!

A grand and ambitious project launched in Scotland, called, Generation Scotland would look at the ways genetic and lifestyle factors cause cancer, heart disease and mental // illness.

The driving forces behind this mega project are Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The aim of the project is to follow the health of 50,000 Scots family members over the next generation.

The project will be conducted in full and close collaboration with the NHS in Scotland. The funding by the Scottish Executive and the Scottish Funding Council is also to the tune of initial grants of £4.4m and £1.8m respectively.

There is a call for public cooperation and the scientific partners have begun collecting health and genetic data from Scottish families to build a rich store of material to explore the causes of common diseases. The project would explore health and lifestyle related illnesses.

The findings will help identify those at high risk of developing genetic conditions, and allow early treatments with new drugs designed to combat such diseases. The genetic information will also help adapt prescription drugs to individual needs.

According to Professor Andrew Morris, University of Dundee and Chairman of the Generation Scotland Scientific Committee that oversees the research programme, "Generation Scotland is exceptional in its scale and design. We are delighted that after years of careful preparation we are in a position to create a uniquely Scottish resource of the highest international standing, which has the potential to shape everyday clinical care and modern public health strategies. Many of Scotland's leading scientists, epidemiologists and social science researchers have contributed enormously to the development of Generation Scotland and we are now ready to build upon this momentum by working with thousands of families across Scotland to create a resource that will inform the separate an
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