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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]
04/03/12 Kristiansson K
March 07, 2012
Circ Cardiovasc Genet
Genome-wide screen for metabolic syndrome susceptibility Loci reveals strong lipid gene contribution but no evidence for common genetic basis for clustering of metabolic syndrome traits.
Metabolic syndrome 2,637 European ancestry cases, 7,927 European ancestry controls NA View full set of 22 SNPs Illumina
[1,257,079] (imputed)
16q13 CETP HERPUD1 - CETP rs247617-C 0.72 9 x 10-60 (HDL) .25 [NR] mmol/l decrease
11q23.3 ZNF259 ZPR1 rs964184-G intron 0.15 3 x 10-31 (TG) .23 [NR] mmol/l increase
2q31.1 G6PC2 G6PC2 rs560887-G intron 0.69 5 x 10-26 (GLU) .15 [NR] mmol/l increase
15q21.3 LIPC LOC102724766 rs1532085-G intron 0.57 5 x 10-24 (HDL) .13 [NR] mmol/l decrease
2p23.3 GCKR GCKR rs780094-A intron 0.36 6 x 10-20 (TG) .13 [NR] mmol/l increase
11q14.3 MTNR1B RPS3AP42 - MTNR1B rs10830962-G 0.40 5 x 10-16 (GLU) .12 [NR] mmol/l increase
8p21.3 LPL LPL - RPL30P9 rs7841189-C 0.90 1 x 10-14 (TG) .18 [NR] mmol/l increase
7p21.2 TMEM195, DGKB GTF3AP5 - AGMO rs6947830-A 0.46 1 x 10-13 (GLU) .1 [NR] mmol/l increase
7p13 GCK GCK - YKT6 rs3757840-A 0.46 4 x 10-13 (GLU) .1 [NR] mmol/l increase
8p21.3 LPL LPL rs268-G missense 0.02 2 x 10-12 (HDL) .38 [NR] mmol/l decrease

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