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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. 


Sound file Current uses of and future directions for the Genome-Wide Association Studies Catalog
On Thursday, July 18th, 2013, the Division of Genomic Medicine held a webinar to highlight current uses and explore  priorities and future directions for the GWAS catalog. See archived video and presentations.

The NHGRI GWAS Catalog, a curated resource of SNP-trait associationsPDF file
Click here to read our recent article from the Nucleic Acids Research Database Issue.

Potential etiologic and functional implications of genome-wide association loci for human diseases and traitsPDF file
Click here to read our Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences (PNAS) article on catalog methods and analysis.


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 listed here 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. Customized gene-based arrays without a clearly described GWAS backbone, including those selected to replicate published GWAS findings (e.g., Metabochip, Immunochip, etc.) are not eligible.  Publications are organized from most to least recent date of publication, indexing from online publication if available. Studies are identified through weekly PubMed literature searches, daily NIH-distributed compilations of news and media reports, and occasional comparisons with an existing database of GWAS literature (HuGE Navigator).

Gene names and risk alleles are those reported by the authors in the original paper. Only one SNP within a gene or region of high linkage disequilibrium is recorded unless there was evidence of independent association.

Occasionally the term "pending" is used to denote one or more studies that we identified as an eligible GWAS, but for which SNP information has not yet been extracted; studies of CNVs are also noted as pending

How to cite the NHGRI GWAS Catalog:
Hindorff LA, MacArthur J (European Bioinformatics Institute), Morales J (European Bioinformatics Institute), Junkins HA, Hall PN, Klemm AK, and Manolio TA. A Catalog of Published Genome-Wide Association Studies. Available at: Accessed [date of access].

How to cite the NHGRI GWAS Catalog paper:
Welter D, MacArthur J, Morales J, Burdett T, Hall P, Junkins H, Klemm A, Flicek P, Manolio T, Hindorff L, and Parkinson H. The NHGRI GWAS Catalog, a curated resource of SNP-trait associations. Nucleic Acids Research, 2014, Vol. 42 (Database issue): D1001-D1006.

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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]
06/04/09 Landers JE
May 18, 2009
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
Reduced expression of the Kinesin-Associated Protein 3 (KIFAP3) gene increases survival in sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 1,821 cases, 2,258 controls 538 cases, 556 controls View full set of 16 SNPs Illumina
1q24.2 KIFAP3 KIFAP3 rs1541160-C intron NR 2 x 10-8 (survival) .58 [0.38-0.78] years older
7q36.1 ZNF746 ZNF746 - TRNAC11 rs855913-A NR 4 x 10-8 (survival) 1.08 [0.70-1.46] years older
18q12.1 B4GALT6 B4GALT6 rs10438933-G intron 0.12 1 x 10-6 (susceptibilty) 1.3 [NR]
2p16.1 EFEMP1 PNPT1 - EFEMP1 rs7577894-T 0.39 1 x 10-6 (site of onset) 1.41 [NR]
5q23.2 CSNK1G3 KRT18P16 - HMGB1P29 rs11241713-T NR 3 x 10-6 (survival) .79 [0.46-1.12] years older
1q24.2 SELL SELL rs3177980-G* missense NR 4 x 10-6 (survival) .51 [0.46-0.56] years older
6p22.3 ATXN1 ATXN1 rs697739-A intron NR 4 x 10-6 (age of onset) 2.04 [1.18-2.90] years younger
2q24.3 SCN7A SCN7A - XIRP2 rs13015447-G 0.34 7 x 10-6 (site of onset) 1.41 [NR]
3p26.3 CNTN4 CNTN4 rs2619566-G intron NR 7 x 10-6 (age of onset) 3.03 [1.71-4.35] years younger
17q24.3 SLC39A11 SLC39A11 rs8066857-C intron NR 8 x 10-6 (site of onset) 1.48 [NR]

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