The Murcia Twin Registry (MTR) is an initiative that aims to establish a resource for the analysis of the causes of phenotypic variation for use by Health Sciences researchers.
The MTR as a Research resource
The Murcia Twin Registry (MTR) is an initiative that aims to establish a resource for the analysis of the causes of phenotypic variation for use by Health Sciences researchers. This methodology has been widely used for the study of the relative contribution of genetic and environmental factors in etiology, susceptibility and development of all kinds of disorders and diseases, and related phenotypes.
Initially the MTR has focused on the analysis of behaviours related to health in adult women. Up to now, 870 cases have contributed data to the Registry. Most of these subjects are willing to continue being part of the Registry. The MTR has the approval of the Ethics Committee of the University of Murcia and also complies with the requirements established by the current legislation on protection of personal data. The extension to adult men and other age groups is planned in the near future.
As a research resource, the MTR is open to collaboration with researchers interested in this kind of studies. Any proposal seeking to use the information of the MTR database or to collect specific data from the available sample of twins will be checked and analysed individually according to the scientific and ethical requirements established by the Committee. In any case, personal data are strictly confidential and they will not be provided in any case, without the previous informed consent of the individual.
Interested researchers can contact the MTR so as to analyse possible lines of collaboration.