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The Mid-Atlantic Twin Registry of Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Emily C. H. Lilley (a1), Anne-Taylor Morris (a1) and Judy L. Silberg (a2)


The Mid-Atlantic Twin Registry (MATR) is a population-based registry of more than 60,000 twins primarily born or living in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Researchers may utilize the MATR for administration of research services, including study recruitment, data or sample (e.g., DNA) collection, archival dataset creation, as well as data collection through mailed, phone or online surveys. In addition, the MATR houses the MATR Repository, with over 1700 DNA samples primarily from whole blood available for researchers interested in DNA genotyping. For over 40 years MATR twins have participated in research studies with investigators from a range of scientific disciplines and institutions. These studies, which have resulted in numerous publications, explored diverse topics, including substance use, smoking behaviors, developmental psychopathology, bullying, children’s health, cardiovascular disease, cancer, the human microbiome, epigenetics of aging, children of twins and sleep homeostasis. Researchers interested in utilizing twins are encouraged to contact the MATR to discuss potential research opportunities.


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Author for correspondence: Emily C. H. Lilley, Email:


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The Mid-Atlantic Twin Registry of Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Emily C. H. Lilley (a1), Anne-Taylor Morris (a1) and Judy L. Silberg (a2)


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