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The TwinsUK Registry

TwinsUK is the UK’s largest ADULT twin registry with over 13,000 twins (identical and non-identical) aged 16-100. Twins have taken part in valuable health and ageing research since 1992 overseen by the Department of Twin Research. To read more about the TwinsUK click on this link.

Who Can Join?

Any same-sexed twins, identical or non-identical, who are 16 years of age and older, living in the UK or overseas can join the registry and take part in our research programme. Twins of different sex can join the registry and receive our updates but cannot take part in our current research programme due to the difficulties in comparing male and female twins in research.

PHONE: +44 (0) 20 7188 5555
EMAIL: twinsuk@kcl.ac.uk
ONLINE: Complete simple name & contact detail on-line form

Data Protection Act (1998): By supplying your personal details you are agreeing for us to register these details and contact you at regular intervals but please be assured no personal details will be supplied to any organization or external collaborators without your prior consent

What does participation involve?

You can choose to participate in our research in a number of ways:

  • All twins are invited for a full-day twin research visit at the Department of Twin Research based at St Thomas’ Hospital in London approximately every four years. The research visit involves a number of tests such as blood tests (including a cholesterol and diabetes check, as well as DNA), bone density, blood pressure, cardiac assessments, simple fitness and sensory tests, eye tests and more. Clinically useful results are posted to participants approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the visit.
  • All twins are invited to take part in postal studies.
  • All twins are invited to complete questionnaires by post and/or on-line (one or two per year).
  • Sub-sets of twins may be invited to participate in research focused on a specific condition/ disease.

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