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Isfahan Twins Registry (ITR): An Invaluable Platform for Epidemiological and Epigenetic Studies: Design and Methodology of ITR

  • Mojgan Gharipour (a1), Shaghayegh Haghjooy Javanmard (a2), Marjan Mansourian (a3), Mohammadreza Sabri (a4), Elham Khosravi (a5), Minoo Dianatkhah (a6), Ladan Sadeghian (a7), Zahra Jabarzare (a1) and Nizal Sarrafzadegan (a1)...
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Abstract

Twin studies are one of the main tools for studying the interaction between genes and the environment in the development of complex diseases such as cancers, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. The Isfahan Twin Registry (ITR) was launched in Isfahan in 2017 as a pilot study to establish a nationwide twin registry in Iran and aims to obtain comprehensive information about complex diseases and their risk factors from twins and multiples living in Isfahan. ITR will continue to recruit twins and multiples until all twins residing in Isfahan are registered in the registry. Twins are identified from welfare agencies, public health homes, maternity hospitals, Persian Twins Association and the local media. Demographic information, twin similarities, lifestyle, family history of diseases and past medical history are collected using validated questionnaires. Anthropometric measurements and blood pressure are measured by health professionals. Hematology panel, fasting blood sugar, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, high-density lipoprotein, aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase and quantitative C-reactive protein are measured by an automated analyzer. Extra samples are obtained for future studies. For twins aged under 6 years, parents complete the questionnaires for their children and a brief questionnaire for themselves. Currently, 998 persons (395 pairs and 67 multiples) are registered in the ITR and have provided their data. Results of preliminary data analysis are discussed in this article. We plan to carry out longitudinal assessments. ITR can play an important role in future epigenetic, biomarkers and omics studies using the biobank materials.

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Author for correspondence: Nizal Sarrafzadegan, Email: nsarrafzadegan@gmail.com

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Isfahan Twins Registry (ITR): An Invaluable Platform for Epidemiological and Epigenetic Studies: Design and Methodology of ITR

  • Mojgan Gharipour (a1), Shaghayegh Haghjooy Javanmard (a2), Marjan Mansourian (a3), Mohammadreza Sabri (a4), Elham Khosravi (a5), Minoo Dianatkhah (a6), Ladan Sadeghian (a7), Zahra Jabarzare (a1) and Nizal Sarrafzadegan (a1)...
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