Literally hundreds of individuals donate their time and effort to make the Genetic Analysis Workshops possible, helping to select Workshop topics, providing real and simulated data sets to be distributed to Workshop participants, making local arrangements and staffing the registration desk at the Workshop, leading presentation groups, writing summary papers, reviewing manuscripts, and editing these proceedings.
The Genetic Analysis Workshops rely on the generous donation of existing data sets and the contributions of our colleagues who simulate data for the Workshops. Many investigators contributed data to GAW16. Problem 1: Rheumatoid arthritis data were provided by Peter Gregersen, Christopher Amos, Wei Chen, Michael Seldin, Elaine Remmers, Lindsay Criswell, Kimberly Taylor, Annette Lee, Robert Plenge, and Daniel Kastner. Problem 2: Data from the Framingham Heart Study were provided by L. Adrienne Cupples, Nancy Heard-Costa, Monica Lee, Larry Atwood, and the Framingham Heart Study Investigators. Problem 3: The GAW16 simulated datasets were generated by Aldi Kraja, Robert Culverhouse, E. Warwick Daw, Jun Wu, Andrew Van Brunt, Michael Province and Ingrid Borecki.
The rheumatoid arthritis studies were supported by NIH grant AR44422, NIH contract N01-AR-7-2232, funding from Genome Canada and Associations AFP, Polyarctique-Groupe Taitbout and Rhumatisme et Travail. Funding for UK researchers was provided by the Arthritis Research Campaign.
Data for Problems 2 and 3 were distributed through the NIH repository dbGaP and applications for data access were reviewed by a committee at NHLBI. Many individuals at dbGaP and NHLBI contributed to data transfer, designing a GAW16 study page at the dbGaP web site , development of instructions for obtaining GAW16 Problem 2 and 3 data and the data use agreement, tracking data requests, and reviewing applications. We extend our thanks to Debbie Eng, Richard Fabsitz, Mike Feolo, Cashell Jaquish, Christopher O'Donnell, Susan Old, Mona Pandey, Steve Sherry, and Paul Sorlie.
Contributions to GAW16 were organized into discussion and presentation groups focused on various methodological and analytic themes. Twenty-six people generously volunteered to lead these groups, initiating interactions among group members before GAW16, leading group meetings at GAW16, organizing summary presentations for the larger GAW16 audience, serving as editors for the publication and peer review process for this volume, and taking responsibility for the preparation of a summary paper for Genetic Epidemiology. Being a group leader is a time consuming task and one that is critical to the success of the Workshops. As such, their efforts deserve special recognition. We are grateful to the following people who led the group discussions and preparation of summary presentations (in group numerical order): Ellen Goode, Duncan Thomas, Saurabh Ghosh, Rosalind Neuman, Elizabeth Hauser, Lisa Martin, Jack Kent, Marsha Wilcox, Andreas Ziegler, Silke Szymczak, Ping An, Michael Province, Corinne Engelman, Jim Gauderman, Nathan Tintle, Heike Bickeböller, Elizabeth Marchani, E. Warwick Daw, Ellen Wijsman, Tony Hinrichs, Brian Suarez, Berit Kerner, Danielle Fallin, Stacey Knight, Maria Martinez, and Joseph Beyene.
Useful comments and criticisms of the papers in this volume were provided by 120 scientific reviewers: Diana Abbott, Alexandre Alcais, Andrew Allen, Jennifer Asimit, Joan Bailey-Wilson, Jill Barnholtz-Sloan, Jenny Barrett, Terri Beaty, Lars Beckmann, Joanna Biernacka, Tim Bishop, Mike Boehnke, Stefan Böhringer, Jack Bowden, Alfonso Buil, Shelley Bull, Nicola Camp, Rita Cantor, Cheng Cheng, David Conti, Heather Cordell, Robert Culverhouse, Mariza De Andrade, Marcella Devoto, Guoqing Diao, Irina Dinu, Marie-Hélène Dizier, Duan Duan, Marie-Pierre Dubé, Frank Dudbridge, Priya Duggal, Josée Dupuis, Carol Etzel, Cathy Falk, Wenhong Fan, Mary Feitosa, Christine Fischer, Nora Franceschini, Brooke Fridley, Xiaoyi Gao, Emmanuelle Génin, Rodney Go, Lynn Goldin, Alisa Goldstein, Derek Gordon, Harald Göring, Courtney Grey-McGuire, Charles Gu, Peter Holmans, Bin Huang, Yifan Huang, Candace Kammerer, Xiayi Ke, Mehdi Keddache, Terri King, Alison Klein, Inke König, Peter Kraft, Lydia Kwee, Carl Langefeld, Jason Laramie, Juan P. Lewinger, Jing Li, Mingyao Li, Shuying Sue Li, Wentian Li, Yi-Ju Li, Jian'an Luan, Brion Maher, James Malley, Rasika Mathias, Nancy Mendell, Brackie Mitchell, Richard Morris, Alison Motsinger, Nandita Mukhopadhyay, Bertram Muller-Myhsok, Nora Nock, Kari North, Michael Nothnagel, Jeff O'Connell, Jurg Ott, Grier Page, V. Shane Pankratz, George Papanicolaou, Andrew Paterson, Ruth Pfeiffer, Silvano Presciuttini, Elizabeth Pugh, Dajun Qian, Evadnie Rampersaud, John Rice, Steve Rich, Marylyn Ritchie, Nancy Saccone, Glen Satten, Mike Schmidt, Silke Schmidt, Paola Sebastiani, Jemila Seid Hamid, Svati Shah, William Shannon, Janet Sinsheimer, Susan Slager, Anne Spence, Catherine Stein, Carolin Strobl, Yun Ju Sung, Alun Thomas, Duncan Thomas, John R. Thompson, David Tregouet, Ya-Yu Tsai, Grace Wahba, Kai Wang, Shuang Wang, Jessica Woo, Yun Joo Yoo, Lue Ping Zhao, Xiaofeng Zhu. We are grateful for their contributions.
Since GAW7 in 1991, Vanessa Olmo has had major responsibility for all aspects of Workshop organization. Over the years, as the Workshops have increased in size and complexity, she has taken on greatly increased responsibilities. She has primary responsibility for Workshop logistics, including interaction with participants, organizers, editors, and publisher; data distribution; site selection and liaison with local organizers; maintenance of the GAW web site, wiki, and mailing list; collation and distribution of pre-GAW papers; and preparation of the proceedings. The GAWs could not succeed without her commitment and her enthusiasm. We also thank Selina Flores who helped with data distribution, communications with participants, and preparation of the pre-GAW volume; and Tom Dyer, who worked on preparing the data for distribution with the assistance of Richard Polich, Gene Hopstetter, and Juan Peralta, and who helped with the GAW wiki with the assistance of Gerry Vest and Kent Polk. As for past GAWs, April Hopstetter, Director of Technical Publications and Printing at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, assisted with editing of the GAW16 proceedings, while Maria Messenger and Malinda Mann typeset the articles. Rene Sandoval and Rudy Sandoval were responsible for putting together the final pre-GAW book.
Local arrangements for GAW16 required many hours of planning and organization. We are grateful to local organizers Michael Province, Ingrid Borecki, and Jeanne Cashman as well as volunteers Linus An, Mark Yong-Moon Park, Jevon Plunkett, Amy Sleeter, Kristy Smith, Jim Valentine, and Lorna Walters for welcoming us to St. Louis and for their efforts to ensure a successful GAW.
The GAW Advisory Committee, which has a rotating membership, has overall responsibility for long-term planning for the GAWs. Its membership at the time of GAW16 included Laura Almasy (chair), Joan Bailey-Wilson, Heike Bickeböller, Ingrid Borecki, Heather Cordell, Elizabeth Hauser, Jean MacCluer, Maria Martinez, John Witte, Xiaofeng Zhu, and Andreas Ziegler. We are grateful that in addition to serving on this committee, many of these individuals took on other tasks - you will see many of their names above in the lists of data providers and group leaders. Joan Bailey-Wilson and Heather Cordell also served as moderators for the general discussion session at the close of GAW16, and Xiaofeng Zhu and John Witte took on the responsibility of selecting papers for the Novel Methods session presented at the Workshop.
Continuous funding for the GAWs has been provided since 1982 by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), through grant R01 GM31575 to Jean MacCluer and Laura Almasy. This grant also provided scholarship funds to help defray travel costs for 34 graduate students and post-doctoral trainees attending GAW16. We wish to thank Richard Anderson of NIGMS for his interest in GAW and for his efforts as Program Director for the GAW grant at the time of GAW16 and also Donna Krasnewich, who has recently taken over these duties. We are particularly grateful to Irene Eckstrand of NIGMS for her enthusiasm and interest in the GAWs since they were first envisioned in 1981. The GAWs would not be possible without the support of these individuals and NIGMS.
We particularly thank Jean MacCluer, who envisioned the need for GAWs and pursued and obtained funding for them. Her leadership has been indispensable to the success of the GAWs.
As always, we wish to express our appreciation to the GAW participants, without whose ongoing, enthusiastic support the GAWs could not have enjoyed their continuing success.
This article has been published as part of BMC Proceedings Volume 3 Supplement 7, 2009: Genetic Analysis Workshop 16. The full contents of the supplement are available online at http://www.biomedcentral.com/1753-6561/3?issue=S7.