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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]
11/17/10 Speliotes EK
October 10, 2010
Nat Genet
Association analyses of 249,796 individuals reveal 18 new loci associated with body mass index.
Body mass index Up to 123,865 European ancestry individuals Up to 125,931 European ancestry individuals View full set of 38 SNPs Affymetrix, Illumina and Perlegen
[~2.8 million] (imputed)
16q12.2 FTO FTO rs1558902-A intron 0.42 5 x 10-120 .39 [0.35-0.43] kg/m2 increase
2p25.3 TMEM18 FAM150B - TMEM18 rs2867125-C 0.83 3 x 10-49 .31 [0.25-0.37] kg/m2 increase
18q21.32 MC4R RPS3AP49 - MC4R rs571312-A 0.24 6 x 10-42 .23 [0.17-0.29] kg/m2 increase
4p12 GNPDA2 PRDX4P1 - PRKRIRP9 rs10938397-G 0.43 4 x 10-31 .18 [0.14-0.22] kg/m2 increase
11p14.1 BDNF BDNF rs10767664-A intron 0.78 5 x 10-26 .19 [0.13-0.25] kg/m2 increase
1q25.2 SEC16B BRINP2 - SEC16B rs543874-G 0.19 4 x 10-23 .22 [0.16-0.28] kg/m2 increase
1p31.1 NEGR1 RPL31P12 - KRT8P21 rs2815752-A 0.61 2 x 10-22 .13 [0.09-0.17] kg/m2 increase
2p23.3 RBJ, ADCY3, POMC ADCY3 - DNAJC27 rs713586-C 0.47 6 x 10-22 .14 [0.10-0.18] kg/m2 increase
16p12.3 GPRC5B, IQCK GPRC5B - GPR139 rs12444979-C 0.87 3 x 10-21 .17 [0.11-0.23] kg/m2 increase
16p11.2 SH2B1, APOB48R, SULT1A2, AC138894.2, ATXN2L, TUFM SH2B1 rs7359397-T nearGene-3 0.40 2 x 10-20 .15 [0.11-0.19] kg/m2 increase

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