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The Swedish Twin Registry in the Third Millennium: An Update

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 February 2012

Paul Lichtenstein*
Affiliation:
Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. paul.lichtenstein@ki.se
Patrick F. Sullivan
Affiliation:
Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; Department of Genetics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America.
Sven Cnattingius
Affiliation:
Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Margaret Gatz
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States of America; Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Sofie Johansson
Affiliation:
Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Eva Carlström
Affiliation:
Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Camilla Björk
Affiliation:
Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Magnus Svartengren
Affiliation:
Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Occupational Medicine, Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm County Council, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, Stockholm Sweden.
Alicja Wolk
Affiliation:
Institute of Environmental Medicine, Division of Nutritional Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Lars Klareskog
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine, Karolinska University Hospital, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Ulf de Faire
Affiliation:
Institute of Environmental Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Martin Schalling
Affiliation:
Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Juni Palmgren
Affiliation:
Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Nancy L. Pedersen
Affiliation:
Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; Department of Psychology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States of America.
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*Address for correspondence: Paul Lichtenstein, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Box 281, SE–171 77 Stockholm, Sweden.

Abstract

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The Swedish Twin Registry was first established in the late 1950s. Today it includes more than 170,000 twins — in principle all twins born in Sweden since 1886. In this article we describe some ongoing and recently completed projects based on the registry. In particular, we describe recent efforts to screen all twins born between 1959 and 1985, and young twin pairs when they turn 9 and 12 years of age. For these studies, we present initial frequencies of common conditions and exposures.

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