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National and international collaborations

The Netherlands Twin Register takes part in global consortia and collaborates with universities and research institutes in large collaborative projects. These often involve meta-analyses projects which search for genetic variants that influence complex human traits and disorders, or collaborative studies in the field of metabolomics and gene-expression. Another important collaborative field is methodology in behavior genetics and molecular epidemiology studies; team members from the NTR teach for example in the annual internal workshop on Statistical Genetic Methods for Complex Human Traits (in Boulder, Colorado). The NTR also plays a leading role in several societies and collaborations for twin researchers, including the International Society for Twin Studies and the collaboration among European twin registries that originated from genomEUtwin. An important relation is with the Avera Institute for Human Genetics, both for molecular genetics research and student exchanges.

Below we summarize the consortia in which the NTR takes part. The first list contains consortia and collaborations within the Netherlands, including an overview of research institutes at VU, VUmc and AMC.

Twin VUmc (temporarily offline)

Amsterdam Public Health/EMGO+

Amsterdam Reproduction & Development (R&D)

Amsterdam Neuroscience

Twin 60++

BBMRI –NL (Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure)

BBMRI–EU (Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure)

GoNL (Genome of the Netherlands)

CID (Consortium Individual Development)

NBIC (Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre)

Collaborations with other twin registers:

International Society for Twin Studies

GenomEUtwin (collaboration European and Australian Twin Registers)

Avera (Institute for Human Genetics) & Avera Twin Register

Twinning Consortium

International research collaborations:

ACTION Project

ENGAGE (European Network for Genetic and Genomic Epidemiology)

EAGLE (EArly Genetics and Lifecourse Epidemiology)

EGG (Early Growth Genetics)

PGC (Psychiatric Genomics Consortium)

CHARGE (Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology)

GIANT (Genetic Investigation of ANthropometric Traits)

MAGIC (Meta-Analyses of Glucose and Insulin-related traits Consortium)

ENIGMA (Enhancing NeuroImaging Genetics through Meta-Analysis)

SSGAC (Social Science Genetics Association consortium)

IHGC (International Headache Genetics Consortium)

CARTA (Causal Analysis Research in Tobacco and Alcohol)

TAG (Tobacco and Genetics Consortium)

P3G (Public Population Project in Genomics and Society)

Geneqol-consortium (Genetic research into quality of life)

GSCAN (GWAS and Sequencing Consortium of Alcohol and Nicotine)


GPC - Genetics of Personality Consortium