PhenX Toolkit

Research Triangle Park,  NC 
United States
  • Booth: 216

The PhenX Toolkit is a freely available, web-based catalog of standard measurement protocols for collecting data in biomedical and epidemiologic research. Use of PhenX (consensus measures for Phenotypes and eXposures) measures facilitates cross-study analysis to increase statistical power. Funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute, the PhenX Toolkit currently includes nearly 800 protocols in 25 research domains and additional depth in substance abuse and addiction, mental health, tobacco regulatory, sickle cell disease, and hemophilia inhibitor research.

 Press Releases

  • RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC (October 16, 2019) –  The PhenX Toolkit released “Research Using PhenX” today,  providing a useful resource for researchers to learn about PhenX protocols used in other studies. Common data elements collected consistently across studies using PhenX protocols increases the potential for cross-study analysis through different studies.

    Research Using PhenX includes 1) links to publications citing the use of PhenX protocols, and 2) links to the studies using PhenX protocols as reported by researchers through the Link Your Study feature. Today’s release has links to 86 publications citing PhenX protocols and 26 studies registered by researchers. This new feature will provide regular updates as researchers link their studies in the PhenX Toolkit and new publications get curated on an ongoing basis.

    About the Toolkit

    The PhenX Toolkit (consensus measures for Phenotypes and eXposures) provides recommended standard data collection protocols for conducting biomedical research. The protocols are selected by working groups of domain experts using a consensus process, which includes the scientific community.

    The Toolkit currently provides 776 measurement protocols for collecting data and tools to help investigators incorporate these protocols into their studies. The Toolkit includes measures associated with 25 broad research domains and in-depth collections for hemophilia inhibitors, substance abuse and addiction, mental health, sickle cell disease, tobacco regulatory research.

    Users can save groups of measurement protocols to their personal Toolkit, and share protocols with colleagues. Toolkit users can request custom data collection worksheets and data dictionaries, for the contents of their Toolkit. 

    Using measurement protocols from the PhenX Toolkit facilitates cross-study analysis, potentially increasing the scientific impact of individual studies. The PhenX Toolkit is available free of charge and has been recommended in more than 350 Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    A poster about the PhenX Toolkit (Program # 1386) will be presented from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, on the ground floor of the ASHG Exhibit Hall. Visit the PhenX Toolkit’s booth (No. 216) in the ASHG Exhibit hall or visit for more information.


    PhenX is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Genomic Resource Grant (U41HG007050) from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) with current or prior funding support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), and the Tobacco Regulatory Science Program (TRSP).


    Pat West

    PhenX Project Communications

    RTI International

    Research Triangle Park, NC USA


    Phone: 919.541.6565

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