SHARE - the Scottish Health Research Register is a database of volunteers who are interested in assisting and promoting research for improving health. SHARE also comprises a Biobank of leftover blood samples collected following routine clinical testing for use in research.

A list of the different types of projects that our volunteers assist with:

  • Aid student teaching
  • Complete online questionnaires
  • Take part in clinical investigations into particular diseases

The choices are varied and there is no obligation to take part in anything. You choose if and when you would like to be involved. In addition to hearing about potential research projects, we are looking for volunteers who would grant us permission to use any excess blood which remains following a routine clinical test performed by your doctors. This is used anonymously for genetic research looking into how medicines work and why they don’t work for everyone. Findings from this research could lead to better treatments for everyone.

SHARE, the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside

The SHARE initiative is a collaboration between the Scottish universities, the Scottish Government and the NHS.

SHARE was initially founded in the University of Dundee by collaborators and has quickly expanded throughout Scotland. This project is overseen by the SHARE management board which comprises national membership including its three directors: Professor Colin Palmer (Chief Investigator, University of Dundee), Professor Brian McKinstry (University of Edinburgh) and Professor Frank Sullivan (University of St Andrews) alongside SHARE’s National Programme Manager, Shobna Vasishta (University of Dundee).


For volunteers

  • Improve future healthcare in Scotland.
  • Research can lead to better treatments and cures for you and your family.
  • Just sharing your details is enough to help.
  • Option to participate in health trials if you want.
  • It's easy to sign up or opt out.

For researchers

  • SHARE recruitment is Scotland-wide and growing fast.
  • Over 250,000 people have joined the SHARE register.
  • SHARE has facilitated over 90 research studies, contacting over 50,000 potential participants.
  • Over 85,000 blood samples have been collected throughout Scotland.
  • SHARE has already helped make major breakthroughs in research including aiding the discovery of a gene test to customise asthma drug therapy.


  • SHARE - Scottish Health Research Register
  • School of Medicine, Mailbox 12, Level 5
    Centre for Pharmacogenomics and Pharmacogenetics
    Ninewells Hospital and Medical School
    DD1 9SY
  • +44(0) 1382 383471 / +44(0) 1382 383230