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Call for papers - Insights from trans-ancestral association study

Guest Editors:
Nora Franceschini: University of North Carolina, USA
Paul de Vries: University of Texas, USA

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 04 September 2024

Genome Biology is calling for submissions to our Collection on insights from genomic and related research across diverse ancestries, encompassing trans-ethnic, multi-ancestry, and cross-population investigations. 

Meet the Guest Editors

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Nora Franceschini, MD, MPH, University of North Carolina, USA

Dr Nora Franceschini is a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. She is a board certified nephrologist and a genetic epidemiologist. Her research focuses on genomics/multi-omics studies of cardiovascular and kidney diseases in diverse populations.  She is a convener of the TOPMed Kidney working group, and the co-founder and moderator of the CHARGE COGENT-Kidney Consortium and the COGENT-Blood Pressure Consortium, which prioritize genomics research in diverse populations.

Paul de Vries, PhD, University of Texas, USA

Paul de Vries is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He obtained his PhD from the Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, and then moved to Houston for postdoctoral training in the use of whole genome sequencing data. He works on unraveling the genetic determinants of hemostatic factors, coronary artery disease, and other cardiometabolic phenotypes. In addition to locus discovery, he is particularly interested in approaches such as Mendelian randomization and polygenic risk scores. Most of this research takes place within collaborative consortia such as the Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology (CHARGE) and the Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine (TOPMed) program. 

About the collection

Genome Biology is calling for submissions to our Collection on trans-ancestral association study. 

 Genome-wide association, along with other -omic studies, have traditionally been conducted in single populations, but multi-ancestry studies applied to data from several populations have become increasingly popular as more such data is generated. Trans-ancestral studies can offer an increase in the power and resolution of studies and thereby generate novel findings and gain biological insights. The identification and analysis of common and rare genetic variants across different ancestries also offers insights into the universality or specificity of these genetic determinants, particularly for populations often underrepresented in studies of genetic associations, metabolomes, proteomes and transcriptomes.

This collection aims to spotlight insights garnered from research across diverse ancestries, encompassing trans-ethnic, multi-ancestry, and cross-population investigations. It will also cover novel methods for analysis of such data.

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There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research, Method, Short Report, Review, and Database article types. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines.

To submit your manuscript to this Collection, please use our online submission system and indicate in your covering letter that you would like the article to be considered for inclusion in the "Insights from trans-ancestral association study" Collection.

All articles submitted to Collections are peer reviewed in line with the journal’s standard peer review policy and are subject to all of the journal’s standard editorial and publishing policies. This includes the journal’s policy on competing interests. 

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editor or Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.