Infectious diseases and severe injuries affect millions of people around the world every year. Most cases are mild, but some people develop life-threatening illness. Our genes (or DNA) determine how vulnerable we are to critical illness. By comparing DNA between critically-ill patients and members of the general population, we aim to discover specific genes that might control the processes that lead to life-threatening illness.
We are looking for members of the general population to compare against patients with critical illness, in order to see what the differences are.
Registration is simple - all we need is the following information: Register now and we'll contact you if your DNA is needed for the study. If you are eligible, you'll receive a brief medical questionnaire and a saliva donation pot in the post. A small number of volunteers may also be asked to travel to the Roslin Institute to donate a blood sample if they are able to do so.
Volunteer now by emailing us at
If you don't live in Scotland, but do live elsewhere in the UK, you can still register. We'll be expanding the study over the next few years so it is likely that we'll be looking for volunteers across the whole of the UK quite soon.
We are very grateful to recieve funding from the Wellcome Trust for the