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)
Collaborations with other twin registers:
International research collaborations:
From 2009 a great amount of publications based on collaborative research appeared in scientific journals, reporting on genes found for instance for diabetes, addiction, depression, birth weight and weight later in life.
These publications can be found here. Some recent examples: