Mid-Atlantic Twin Registry
SUBJECTS NEEDED: Families of infant, preschool, school-age and adult twins (and higher-order multiples) who are willing to consider participating in health-related research. Identical and fraternal twins of all ethnic backgrounds, and even twins whose co-twin is deceased, can participate. Since many health conditions run in families, the parents, children, brothers, sisters, and spouses of twins may also participate in some of the research.
LOCATION: Richmond, Virginia is the site of the research facility, but participants can be from anywhere in the U.S.A.
PURPOSE OF STUDY: Help scientists to understand the influence of heredity (genes) and environmental factors in disease that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to study. By identifying a genetic or environmental component to these and other health issues, early prevention and treatment efforts can be enhanced, considerably improving public health.
INVESTIGATOR: Judy Silberg, Ph.D., Director, The Mid-Atlantic Twin Registry, Virginia Commonwealth University, P.O. Box 980617, Richmond, VA 23298-0617
or 1-800-872-8946
Fax: 804-828-8101
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website: http://www.matr.vcu.edu/.
METHOD OF INVESTIGATION: Typically involves filling out a simple questionnaire or completing an interview conducted over the telephone or in your home. Topics included in the past have been epilepsy, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, clinical depression, anxiety, pregnancy complications, periodontal disease, alcohol, nicotine and other drug abuse, stress and coping, religiosity and spirituality, social support and parenting styles. We invite you and your family to join our research effort where twins are making an exceptional contribution to scientific knowledge. If you are interested, we will periodically ask you to participate in new or ongoing medical research projects. Taking part in any specific study is completely voluntary, and you can withdraw at any time.