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Scotland’s researchers urged to become Early Adopters for Our Future Health programme

Scotland’s researchers urged to become Early Adopters for Our Future Health programme

29th April 2024

Non-commercial researchers across Scotland are being encouraged to become an Our Future Health Early Adopter, helping to shape and promote the programme

Our Future Health is the UK’s largest ever health research programme, bringing together up to five million people of different backgrounds so that researchers can find ways to prevent, detect, and treat diseases earlier. The aim is to build a diverse community of volunteers who can help to create “an incredibly detailed picture of the nation’s health” and “revolutionise the way we fight disease”.

So far, over 1.25 million participants have been recruited, with public launch in Scotland planned for Summer 2024. The research community are vital in shaping and developing the programme, with opportunities for Research Scholars and Research Ambassadors now available.  

Research Scholars are early career researchers keen to get into the detail of access to data and will interact closely with the Our Future Health product and development teams on new features and functionality. As part of a community of subject-matter experts, across multiple disciplines and backgrounds, Research Scholars will help make sure the way data can be analysed is fit for users and communities. Applications are encouraged by 3 May.

Research Ambassadors are senior research leaders who will help spread the message within the research community, and play a key role in ensuring Our Future Health fulfils its potential of helping many thousands of people to live longer, healthier lives. Applications are encouraged by early June.

Scotland’s Chief Scientist (Health), Professor Anna Dominiczak said: “We believe that Our Future Health can be hugely impactful, benefitting Scotland’s population by building up a diverse community of volunteers who are dedicated to gaining valuable insights into how diseases begin and progress in people of different backgrounds. Prevention and earlier detection is the future of healthcare, and gathering the right data is key. The creation of a world-leading resource for inclusive health research is vital to our ambitions and we urge researchers across Scotland to get involved in this significantly collaborative programme.”

Scotland Stakeholder Manager for Our Future Health, Kate Feeney said: “We are very excited to soon be launching recruitment in Scotland. collecting lifestyle information, physical measurements and linking multiple sources of health information, including genetic data, to create a uniquely powerful resource representative of the UK population. Part of this expansion is also involving the research community across Scotland and we’re excited to offer these early adopter opportunities. It really is a great way of shaping Our Future Health and creating a powerful research resource for the entire research community. There are many benefits to getting involved including free access and being one of the first to use the Our Future Health resource; becoming directly involved in iterating current products, helping to make them as easy as possible to use; a letter of recognition from Our Future Health detailing your involvement; and your supportive role being recognised on its website.”

To find out more and submit an expression of interest , please visit the dedicated page on the Our Future Health website or contact Jessica Brand at with any questions.

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