Worldwide Twins Newsletter - Issue 9
International Network of Twin Registries
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We bring you an update about the International Network of Twin Registries (INTR), the exciting INTR Data and Biospecimens Audit Project, a great job opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Associate within the Washington State Twin Registry (WSTR) and a research story suggesting twins live longer than singletons. Enjoy the read!

Fostering twin research collaboration globally

Worldwide Twins is the communication platform for the International Network of Twin Registries (INTR), which so far includes this newsletter and our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Worldwide Twins is currently being managed by Lucas Ferreira (University of Melbourne) under supervision from the INTR Executive Committee (please refer to this paper for more information about the INTR and who is involved). We managed to increase our newsletter subscribers to almost 400 and our Twitter account has now almost 1,000 followers! For that reason, we think it's time to explain a little more about what we're all about.

The INTR aims to facilitate international collaboration in twin research. It is increasingly recognised that there are many different twin designs which provide innovative and powerful methods to disentangle genes from the environment to answer scientific and health-related questions relevant to the whole population in a more cost-effective way. For that reason, we believe that identifying and showcasing the globally available resources for twin research (existing data, infrastructure to recruit twins and established processes and expertise to conduct studies) to the world’s research community will be an important step towards creating new knowledge.

We believe in the richness of international collaborations to share expertise, resources and infrastructure so as to conduct global twin studies and achieve more robust scientific findings. We believe in data sharing, openness and transparency. And we hope to keep finding people who share our vision and will join us in this exciting venture.

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

The INTR Data and Biospecimens Audit Project

The INTR is planning a comprehensive audit on twin data and biospecimens to support its objective to facilitate twin research globally, building on previous work conducted through the INTR by Prof. Wendy Cozen (California Twin Program) and A/Prof. Jeff Craig (Australian Twin Registry). It will include not only twin registries, but also twin studies, panels, projects and other similar resources. We are forming an international group of early and mid-career researchers involved in twin research and twin registries to facilitate the audit. The aim is to have at least one representative per country and the maximum number of countries involved as possible. This representative will facilitate the audit in his/her designated country but won’t be responsible for it alone. Senior researchers within the INTR will provide necessary institutional and mentoring support for this project.

If this is something you would like to be involved (either as an early-career researcher or as a twin registry or study/project/panel that would like to contribute to the project), please register here (if you haven't yet) to receive more information or email Lucas Ferreira  at if you have any questions.

Job opportunities
Send us an email if you want your job opening reported in our next issue.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Prof. Glen Duncan and colleagues at the Washington State Twin Registry (USA) are looking for someone with experience with basic twin models (ACE), GxE, and multilevel modeling. You can learn more about this job position here or please email Glen at

In the news

There has been an incredible (and positive!) response to the paper "A Twin Protection Effect? Explaining Twin Survival Advantages with a Two-Process Mortality Model" published in the PLOS One journal, presenting evidence that twins might live longer than singletons using data from the Danish Twin Registry. You can check the news story here.
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