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A Catalog of Published Genome-Wide Association Studies

Update (5/12/15): The NHGRI-EBI GWAS Catalog has moved to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) at Users may now find the new search interface and updated content at this site.  Questions about the GWAS Catalog may be directed to

Why has the catalog moved to EMBL-EBI?
From September 2010 to the present, delivery and development of the Catalog has been a collaborative project between EMBL-EBI and NHGRI. In March 2015 the Catalog infrastructure moved to EMBL-EBI to enable delivery of an improved user interface, including ontology driven Catalog searching, and new curatorial infrastructure, supporting improved QC processes. Catalog content available through this original GWAS Catalog website was last updated on February 20th 2015 with all previous and updated content available at EMBL-EBI. 

The new NHGRI-EBI Catalog of published genome-wide association studies (GWAS Catalog).
Read our recent article from Nucleic Acids Research.

Published Genome-Wide Associations
Credit: Darryl Leja and Teri Manolio, NHGRI; Tony Burdett, Dani Welter, and Helen Parkinson, EBI

An archived tab-delimited file of the GWAS Catalog content prior to the EBI transition is available here: Tab Delimited File

The genome-wide association study (GWAS) publications in the Catalog include a primary GWAS analysis, defined as array-based genotyping and analysis of 100,000+ pre-QC SNPs selected to tag variation across the genome and without regard to gene content.  GWAS data from published studies which are incorporated into new GWAS analyses are eligible, provided they meet the other criteria.  Studies imputing sequencing data to genotyping arrays are eligible as long as the arrays include sufficient genome-wide coverage so that the post-imputation analysis meets the definition of a GWAS analysis, as described above. The scope of the GWAS Catalog is currently being expanded to include studies of large-scale targeted/non-genome-wide arrays, including the Metabochip, Immunochip and Exome arrays. This is currently in a pilot phase where prioritization of targeted and exome array studies for inclusion in the Catalog is by 1) relevance of the trait analyzed 2) user request.  

How to cite the NHGRI GWAS Catalog:
MacArthur J, Bowler E, Cerezo M, Gil L, Hall P, Hastings E, Junkins H, McMahon A, Milano A, Morales J, Pendlington Z, Welter D, Burdett T, Hindorff L, Flicek P, Cunningham F, and Parkinson H. The new NHGRI-EBI Catalog of published genome-wide association studies (GWAS Catalog). Nucleic Acids Research, 2017, Vol. 45 (Database issue): D896-D901.

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Notice: The updated Catalog content may now be searched at

An archived, tab-delimited file of the GWAS Catalog content prior to the EBI transition is available here: Tab Delimited File

Date Added to Catalog (since 11/25/08) First Author/Date/ Journal/Study Disease/Trait Initial
Sample Description
Replication Sample Description Region Reported Gene(s) Mapped Gene(s) Strongest SNP-Risk Allele Context Risk Allele Frequency in Controls P-value
OR or beta-coefficient and [95% CI]
[SNPs passing QC]
04/09/13 Comuzzie AG
December 04, 2012
PLoS One
Novel genetic loci identified for the pathophysiology of childhood obesity in the Hispanic population.
Obesity-related traits 815 Hispanic children from 263 families NA 6q24.2 PHACTR2 PHACTR2 rs9403521-G intron 0.172 8 x 10-6 (Height z-score change ) .03 [NR] SD/y increase Illumina
02/12/13 Jostins L
November 01, 2012
Host-microbe interactions have shaped the genetic architecture of inflammatory bowel disease.
Inflammatory bowel disease 12,924 European ancestry cases, 21,442 European ancestry controls 25,683 European ancestry cases, 17,015 European ancestry controls 6q24.2 PHACTR2 FUCA2 - PHACTR2 rs12199775-A 0.929 2 x 10-8 1.129 [1.066-1.195] Affymetrix & Illumina
[1.23 million](imputed)
01/15/13 Wang LE
October 29, 2012
Cancer Res
Genome-wide association study reveals novel genetic determinants of DNA repair capacity in lung cancer.
Lung Cancer (DNA repair capacity) 914 European ancestry non-small cell lung cancer cases, 860 European ancestry controls 679 European ancestry ancestry non-small cell lung cancer cases, 695 European ancestry controls 6q24.2 PHACTR2 PHACTR2 rs9390123-A intron 0.3957 7 x 10-6 NR Illumina
08/07/12 Hotaling JM
June 13, 2012
J Urol
Pilot genome-wide association search identifies potential loci for risk of erectile dysfunction in type 1 diabetes using the DCCT/EDIC study cohort.
Erectile dysfunction 125 European ancestry Erectile dysfunction cases with Type 1 Diabetes, 403 European ancestry non Erectile dysfunction controls with Type 1 Diabetes NA 6q24.2 PHACTR2 PHACTR2 rs6931865-A intron 0.336 4 x 10-6 NR Illumina

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Catalog Data Last Updated: February 20, 2015
Web Page Text Last Updated: September 16, 2015