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Approved research

Generating effective therapeutic hypotheses from genomic and hospital linkage data

Principal Investigator: Dr Manuel Rivas
Approved Research ID: 24983
Approval date: February 16th 2017

Lay summary

This proposal seeks access to UK Biobank data to support efforts to generate effect therapeutic hypotheses from genomic and hospital in-patient data. We have developed novel statistical methods to assess the impact of genetic variation across a broad range of disease outcomes. We plan to take advantage of the tree structure of the ICD-10 codes to improve inference. By doing so we hope to prioritize genetic effects that are consistent with a protective profile. This will result in a set of therapeutic hypotheses that academics, pharmaceutical companies, and the public may be able to pursue. The research we plan is in agreement with the stated aim of UK Biobank ?research intended to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness and the promotion of health throughout society?. By communicating to the public the set of therapeutic hypotheses we can generate from the data that has been generated by UK Biobank we hope that this will expedite interest in drug development from these insights. We will combine assessments of genetic associations with the tree-structure of ICD-10 codes and apply new statistical learning techniques to the summary data. A special class of genetic variants that we will focus on are protein-truncating variants (PTVs), commonly referred to as loss-of-function variants. Scanning for protective PTVs has been a successful strategy. These protective genetic variants reveal a process that is safe (naturally occurs in healthy adults) and effective (proven to reduce risk of disease). The full cohort.