We are now welcoming participants from Northern Ireland.

We are excited to be working with researchers from Ulster University, led by Professor Chérie Armour.

To sign up for the GLAD Study, click here.

About the GLAD Study

The Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) Study is a research project which aims to explore genetic and environmental risk factors for depression and anxiety. It is led by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Mental Health BioResource and researchers at King’s College London. This is the largest such study and following a successful campaign in England where over 20,000 people joined the study in less than four months, we are now expanding throughout the United Kingdom. We will be doing this in collaboration with researchers at Ulster University, University of Edinburgh, and Cardiff University. This innovative project will greatly add to our knowledge about depression and anxiety and provide valuable information to help improve treatments.

Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health disorders worldwide. In the UK, 1 in 3 people will experience symptoms during their lifetime. The GLAD Study aims to better understand depression and anxiety in order to find effective treatments and improve the lives of people experiencing these disorders.

To take part in the GLAD study, you must:

  • Have experienced clinical anxiety and/or depression during your life
  • Be aged 16 or over
  • Live in the UK

There are 4 simple steps to signing up to the GLAD Study:

  1. Register for the website and read the information sheet
  2. Provide consent
  3. Complete a ~30 minute questionnaire to see if you are eligible
  4. Send a saliva DNA sample through the post

Samples collected from Northern Ireland will be stored through the NIHR BioResource research tissue bank in the NIHR National Biosample Centre in Milton Keynes, as well as the Ulster University’s Northern Ireland Complex Disease Bioresource (NICDB).

For more information on the NICBD please click here.


Professor Cherie Armor

Chérie is the Northern Ireland Principal Investigator. She is the Director of the Stress Trauma and Related Conditions (STARC) Research Lab at Queens University Belfast. Cherie is also the President of the UK Psychological Trauma Society. Cherie’s primary research interests are in trauma and mental health, with a focus on diagnostic nosology, predictors of risk and resilience, and long-term trajectories of mental health outcomes.

Professor Victor Gault

Victor is Professor of Experimental Medicine and Head of School of Biomedical Sciences at Ulster University. His primary research interests focus on the function of brain-gut peptides in the pathophysiology and treatment of diabetes and related complications. Victor’s research spans basic research through to preclinical testing and his research has highlighted beneficial effects of bioengineered gut-brain peptides to improve cognitive performance in models of diabetes and obesity.

Dr Leroy Dowey

Le Roy held a number of post-doctoral research positions within Ulster’s Biomedical Sciences Research Institute (BMSRI) before being appointed as the Institute’s Quality Assurance Officer (QAO). In that role, he set up and developed the Core Facility Units which support academic and commercial research. He has worked with a wide range of companies from SMEs to multinationals to deliver Innovation Vouchers and commercial contract research. In 2015, Le Roy became Business Development Manager at Ulster University’s BMSRI where he manages an expert team of Scientific Assistants/Officers and the Core Facility Units within the Institute.

Dr Ruth Price

Ruth is responsible for the ethics and governance aspects of the NI GLAD Study. Following her primary degree in Food Science and Technology, Ruth completed her PhD in nutrition at Ulster University. She currently works at the Biomedical Science Research Institute, Ulster University, in the role of Clinical Trials Manager and has ~20 years’ experience in conducting human intervention trials and the practical, ethical and legislative issues associated with this work. Ruth is also an active researcher within the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) and her current research projects include work in under- and over- nutrition, and in the development of a novel tool for the diagnosis and treatment of dementia.

Keith Thomas

Keith is a Scientific Assistant for cell technologies and Human Tissue Act storage facilities. Keith’s primary research interests span basic through to clinical testing. His research focuses on cellular modelling and flow cytometry in the areas of cancer, immune function and diabetes.