Worldwide Twins Newsletter - Issue 8
International Network of Twin Registries
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On the right track

The International Congress of Twin Studies (ICTS) 2016 at the QIMR in Brisbane was a success! Researchers from the whole world (see picture below) gathered to present and discuss findings of recent twin studies, methodological aspects of twin designs and new approaches to building capacity and making twin research even bigger. Big thanks to the International Society for Twin Studies and QIMR Berghofer for organising it!

Meanwhile, we continue to see a surge in new proposals for multi-centre projects. On this issue, we bring a call for collaboration on Chronic Widespread Pain (CWP) and an informative piece about genetic and environmental contributions to students' academic performance. Enjoy the read!

New calls for collaboration
Send us an email if you want your proposal reported in our next issue.

Chronic Widespread Pain (CWP) study

Dr Andrea Burri (Auckland University of Technology) is looking to set up a collaboration/multi-centre study on risk and resiliency in chronic widespread pain/fibromyalgia. The study uses population-based singleton data (currently being collected in Switzerland and New Zealand) and twin data (so far available from the TwinsUK registry). The aim of the study is to get a more holistic understanding of the aetiological pathways underlying CWP/fibromyalgia, by looking at potential risk and resiliency factors such as previous traumatization, coping, emotional regulation, anxiety, and depression. More specifically:

  1.  Multivariate twin analyses to look at the covariation between these factors and develop a potential biopsychosocial risk resiliency model
  2. Discordant MZ modelling
  3. Cross-cultural comparison of CWP/FM and the modelling results.

If you have data to contribute or want to know more about the study, please email Andrea at

On the news

Twin research made the news again with an article by Emeritus Prof Brian Byrne (University of New England, Australia) and colleagues about recent findings of their twin study on academic achievement published on The Conversation. According to the study, differences in Australian teachers have little impact on the variation in the academic performance of students. Read the full article here.
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