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Activity Number: 13 - Integrative Approaches for Analysis of Complex Phenotype and DNA Sequence Data
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Sunday, July 29, 2018 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: ENAR
Abstract #326659 Presentation
Title: Genetic Analysis of High-Dimensional Phenotypes
Author(s): Michael Philip Epstein*
Companies: Emory University
Keywords: genetics; pleiotropy; multivariate

Empirical findings suggest many trait-influencing genetic factors are associated with multiple distinct phenotypes; these associations are defined as pleiotropic or cross-phenotype associations. When cross-phenotype effects exist, association methods of multiple phenotypes that leverage pleiotropy are more powerful than univariate methods that consider each phenotype separately. We recently developed a method called the Gene Association with Multiple Traits (GAMuT) test, which is a nonparametric distance-covariance approach for statistical inference. The method is scalable to genome-wide analysis, can accommodate an arbitrary number of phenotypes, and also can adjust for influential covariates. In my talk, I first provide a brief introduction to GAMuT and then discuss how to modify the framework to perform mediation analysis. I will also discuss GAMuT extensions to other study designs as well as extensions to handle complex questionnaire data collected in psychiatric studies

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