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Grant Number: 1R03CA171064-01A1 Interpret this number
Primary Investigator: Li, Yan
Organization: Univ Of Maryland, College Park
Project Title: Semiparametric Inference for Case-Control Studies with Complex Sampling
Fiscal Year: 2013


DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): SUMMARY Population-based case-control studies with complex sampling, e.g. stratified multistage cluster sampling, are now increasingly used to study the role of genetic variants and gene-environment (G-E) interplay in the etiology of human diseases. Retrospective- based logistic regression estimators have been developed to exploit various covariate- distributional assumptions to gain efficiency in such studies when cases and controls are selected with simple random sampling. These methods, however, can lead to invalid inferences when cases or controls are selected with complex sampling. Although most single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)-based association studies with complex sampling account for the complications induced by complex designs, many of haplotype-based genetic association studies with complex sampling tend to ignore them in the estimation of haplotype frequencies, regression coefficients or both. In this project, we will develop statistical methods for taking into account the design complications in haplotype-based association studies with complex sample designs. Specifically, attracted by the efficiency advantage of the retrospective method, we will explore the assumptions of Hardy- Weinberg equilibrium and G-E independence, and develop an efficient estimator suitable for the case-control study with a complex sample design. On the other hand, analysis with above assumptions can be misleading when these assumptions fail. Thus, the above assumptions will be relaxed by proposing an empirical Bayes-type shrinkage estimator as a trade-off between bias and efficiency. The proposed methods will be evaluated using simulations under various complex sample designs as well as two population-based case-control studies. Furthermore, a unified software package will be developed to widely disseminate the research outcomes.


A composite likelihood approach in testing for Hardy Weinberg Equilibrium using family-based genetic survey data.
Authors: Wang L. , Graubard B.I. , Li Y. .
Source: Statistics in medicine, 2016-11-30; 35(27), p. 5040-5050.
EPub date: 2016-08-01.
PMID: 27481259
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