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PQG Working Group

October 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Ying Wang
Research Fellow
HMS, MGH, Broad Institute


Challenges and opportunities for developing more generalizable polygenic risk scores

Polygenic risk scores (PRS) estimate an individual’s genetic likelihood of complex traits and diseases by aggregating information across multiple genetic variants identified from genome-wide association studies. PRS can predict a broad spectrum of diseases and have therefore been widely used in research settings. Some work has investigated their potential applications as biomarkers in preventative medicine, but significant work is still needed to definitively establish and communicate absolute risk to patients for genetic and modifiable risk factors across demographic groups. However, the biggest limitation of PRS currently is that they show poor generalizability across diverse ancestries and cohorts. Major efforts are underway through methodological development and data generation initiatives to improve their generalizability. We will discuss current progress on the development of PRS, the factors that affect their generalizability, and promising areas for improving their accuracy, portability, and implementation.


Date: October 11
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Calendars: Lecture / Seminar




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