Social Science Genetic Association Consortium

Welcome to the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium (SSGAC)


The SSGAC is a cooperative enterprise among medical researchers and social scientists that coordinates genetic association studies for social science outcomes and provides a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-fertilization of ideas. The SSGAC also tries to promote the collection of harmonized and well-measured phenotypes.

The SSGAC was founded in February 2011 in conjunction with the CHARGE (Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology) consortium meeting.  One major impetus for the formation of the SSGAC was growing recognition that existing approaches to gene discovery in social science have often not produced replicable findings. The pilot project of the SSGAC on educational attainment has demonstrated the feasibility of an alternative, rigorous, large-data approach to social science genetics. Ongoing and future projects of the consortium will continue this approach to genetic discovery, and work on integrating the insights from these discoveries into medical and social scientific research.

Current initiatives

The SSGAC is currently conducting large-scale GWAS meta-analyses of the following outcomes:

Please contact us if you are interested in joining these initiatives.

PhD positions with the SSGAC

The SSGAC is continuously offering full-time paid PhD positions at our partner universities in Rotterdam and Amsterdam (Netherlands). For more information, please contact Prof. Philipp Koellinger at the University of Amsterdam.

SSGAC in the news

An editorial in Nature discussed the SSGAC as best practice approach to research in behavioral genetics. 



For financial support, the SSGAC thanks the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Aging, and the Office for Behavioral and Social Science Research), and the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation.

Last update: 29 November 2014