09.00 – 11.30

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 1: Fetal growth in twin pregnancy

Course Coordinators: Kurt Hecher (Germany); TBA

Discussants: Kurt Hecher (Germany); Asma Khalil (United Kingdom); Isaac Blickstein (Israel); Liesbeth Lewi (Belgium); Gerard H.A. Visser (The Netherlands)

How to assess fetal growth in multiple pregnancy? – Isaac Blickstein (Israel)

Discordance in twins: is it ominous sign? – Asma Khalil (United Kingdom)

Selective fetal growth restriction: definition and outcome – Kurt Hecher (Germany)

Selective fetal growth restriction: management options – TBA

Selective fetal growth restriction: when and how to deliver – Liesbeth Lewi (Belgium)

How to monitor intrapartum? – Diogo Ayres De Campos (Portugal)

09.00 – 12.00

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 2: Twins and Epigenetics

Course Coordinator: Jordanna Bell (United Kingdom)

The heritability of DNA methylation and links to human traits: insights from twin studies – Jenny van Dongen (Netherlands)

Epigenetic studies of twins: insights into nonshared environment – Jeff Craig (Australia)

10.00 – 16.00

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 3: Managing a national multiple birth organisation (for ICOMBO members)

Course Coordinator: Monica Rankin (Australia)

This workshop will provide an opportunity for ICOMBO members to share and learn about some new programs for their organisations. Topics to be discussed include the Purple Butterfly program; publications and other support for specialised groups within the multiple birth community; and some of the best ways to use social media to benefit the organisation.

11.30 – 15.00

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 4: Fetal therapy in multiple pregnancy

Course Coordinator: Ruben Quintero (USA); Eugenia Antolin (Spain)

Discussants: Eugenia Antolin (Spain); Josè Louis Bartha Rasero (Spain); Eftichia Kontopoulos (USA); Ruben Quintero (USA)

Radiofrequency ablation: indications and techniques – TBA

Intrafetal Laser: indications and techniques – Ruben Quintero (USA)

Fetoscopic cord occlusion: indications and techniques – Eugenia Antonlin (Spain)

Fetoscopic Laser surgery in twin-twin transfusion syndrome: indications and techniques – TBA

Expectant management vs. laser therapy in selective intrauterine growth restriction. – Eftichia Kontopoulos (USA)

Reduction in multiple pregnancy: counselling and techniques – Jose Louis Bartha Rasero (Spain)

Rethinking TAPS – Ruben Quintero (USA)

13.30 – 16.00

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 5: Establishing a twin register: wonderful resources for phenotyping and biobanking

Course Coordinator: Dorret Boomsma (The Netherlands)

To represent a well-established twin register – Nick Martin (Australia)

The relatively recent southern EU experience – Juan Ramon Ordonana (Spain)

Zygosity assessment from immediate GSA genotyping – Jouke Jan Hottenga (The Netherlands)

Possibilities for biobanking in twin registers – Eline Slagboom (The Netherlands)

Interaction with participants –  Gonneke Willemsen (The Netherlands)

16.15 – 17.45

ISTS BOARD MEETING

Coordinators: Gonneke Willemsen (Netherlands); Jennifer Harris (Norway)

18.00 – 21.00

OPENING CEREMONY & WELCOME RECEPTION

Chairpersons: Gian Carlo Di Renzo (Italy); Ruben Quintero (United States); Jennifer Harris (Norway); Josè Louis Bartha Rasero (Spain)

OPENING LECTURES:

Assessing Telomere Length and Telomerase Activity in Twin Astronauts – Susan Bailey (USA)

Genetic susceptibility and environment – TBA

 

“TWIN” welcome reception

08.30 – 09.30

PARALLEL SESSION 1A:  Well-being

Coordinator: Meike Bartels (The Netherlands)

Findings from Norwegian twin studies on wellbeing – Ragnhild Bang Nes (Norway)

Genome and Epigenome findings for wellbeing – Bart Baselmans (The Netherlands)

Wellbeing and the brain – Meike Bartels (The Netherlands)

Abstract 

08.30 – 09.30

PARALLEL SESSION 1B: Perinatal mortality and morbidity in multiple pregnancy

Coordinator: Gerard H.A. Visser (The Netherlands)

Perinatal mortality in twins – Gerard H.A. Visser (The Netherlands)

How to avoid stillbirth in twins? – Asma Khalil (United Kingdom)

Single twin demise – Mark Kilby (United Kingdom)

09.30 – 10.00

KEYNOTE LECTURE

Introduced by: Gian Carlo Di Renzo (Italy)

  • Twin pregnancy and NCDs  – TBA

10.00 – 10.30

COFFEE BREAK

10.30 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 2A: Bulmer session on new developments with the biology of twinning  

Coordinators: Catherine Derom (Belgium); Nils Lambalk (The Netherlands)

This symposium deals with the biology and genetics of the twinning phenomenon. Name of this symposium: book by Michael Bulmer:  “The Biology of Twinning in Man”

The genetics of dizygotic twinning: the Twinning Genetics Consortium – Hamdi Mbarek (The Netherlands)

Biology of monozygotic twinning – Claudio Stern (United Kingdom)

The biology of double implantation of embryos – R. Berkhout (The Netherlands)

Chimerism in DZ twins: an overview and clinical relevance – H. Peters (The Netherlands)

Are monochorionic twins monozygotic? – Catherine Derom (Belgium)

10.30 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 2B: Preconceptional aspects of multiple pregnancy

Course Coordinator: Lali Sichinava (Russia)

Optimising ART to reduce multiple pregnancies – Renè Frydman (France)

Twins and multiples in ART, immigration and economical crisis – Ariadne Malamitsi-Puchner (Greece)

Mono- or bi-chorionicity: which does really matter? – Isaac Blickstein (Israel)

Placental development and complications in twin pregnancy – Josè Louis Bartha Rasero (Spain)

Customised growth chart in twins – Giuseppe Rizzo (Italy)

10.30 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 2C:  Twin-related complication

Coordinator: Kurth Hecher (Germany)

Outcome of complicated twin pregnancy: how to counsel the parents? – Enrico Lopriore (The Netherlands)

Neurodevelopmental morbidity in monochorionic twins – Kurt Hecher (Germany)

The placenta in complicated twin pregnancy – Liesbeth Lewi (Belgium)

Timing of cord clamping – Lianne Verbeek (The Netherlands)

Twins and neurodevelopmental outcomes: the effect of IVF, fetal growth restriction and preterm birth – Despina Briana (Greece)

12.30 – 13.30

LUNCH BREAK

13.30 – 15.30

PARALLEL SESSION 3A:  Obstetrical issues in twin pregnancy: prenatal screening and diagnosis

Coordinator: Katia Bilardo (The Netherlands)

NIPT in twin pregnancy – Maria Del Mar Gil Mira (Spain)

Management of discordant anomaly in twin pregnancy – Mark Kilby (United Kingdom)

First trimester prediction in twin pregnancy – Giuseppe Rizzo (Italy)

Functional and acquired cardiovascular anomalies in monochorionic twins – Nicky Manning (United Kingdom)

Prediction of major obstetrical syndromes in twin pregnancy in first trimester – Liona Poon (Hong Kong)

Counselling and techniques for multiple pregnancy reduction – Aris Antsaklis (Greece)

Abstracts

13.30 – 15.30

PARALLEL SESSION 3B: Early Career Researchers: Network, Collaboration and Science

Coordinators: Jaakko Kaprio (Finland); Louis Calais Ferreira (Australia)

This session will showcase the role of early-career researchers in scientific collaborations and promoting twin research on a global scale. It will include a discussion panel on the journey of being an ECR in the international context, career development pathways and insights on the future of collaborative networks in our field.

Building networks, capacity and the new workforce in global twin research – Lucas Calais Ferreira (Australia)

The CODATwins project: An example of international collaboration in twin research – Aline Jelenkovic (Finland)

The career of a staff scientist – combining a scientific background with administrative tasks in a research environment – Inge Petersen (Denmark)

Abstract

Discussion panel

PARALLEL SESSION 3C: HEALTH and WELL-BEING for the MULTIPLE BIRTH FAMILY

Coordinator: Monica Rankin (Australia)

 

15.30 – 16.30

TEA BREAK

16.30 – 18.30

PARALLEL SESSION 4A:  Preterm birth and prematurity (a PREIS School Academy session)

Coordinators: Roberto Romero (USA); Gian Carlo Di Renzo (Italy)

Preterm birth in twins: where are we now? – Jon Barrett (Canada)

Screening for preterm birth in twin pregnancy – Yves Ville (France)

Progesterone for the prevention of preterm birth in twins – Roberto Romero (USA)

Pessary in twin pregnancy TBA

New tools for preventing preterm birth – Fabio Facchinetti (Italy)

Abstratcs

16.30 – 18.30

PARALLEL SESSION 4B: Epigenomics and twin studies

Coordinators: Jeffrey Craig (Australia); Robert Lyle (Norway)

Methylome-wide association study of aggressive behavior in monozygotic twins – Jenny Van Dongen (Netherlands)

Epigenome-wide association study of serum cotinine in Finnish twins unravels novel loci and confirms earlier findings – Miina Ollikainen (Finland)

A genome-wide profiling of epigenetic fingerprint in adult twins of preterm birth. – Qihua Tan, (Denmark)

The relevance of peripheral DNA methylation for human brain development and emotional functioning: studies in monozygotic twinsLinda Booij (Canada)

18.30 – 19.30

ISTS GENERAL MEETING

08.30 – 09.30

PARALLEL SESSION 5A: Care in pregnancy and labour

Course Coordinator: TBA

Fetal growth restriction in twin pregnancy – TBA

Intrapartum monitoring in twins  – TBA

Can 3D printing help for the monitoring of twin pregnancy? –  Irene Giardina (Italy); Gian Carlo Di Renzo (Italy)

Abstract

08.30 – 09.30

PARALLEL SESSION 5B: Polygenic Risk Scores and twin studies

Coordinator: Sarah Medland (Australia)

Construction and use of PRS – Sarah Medland (Australia)

PRS and the study of GxE interactions – Lucia Colodro Conde (Australia)

PRS in Mendelian Randomization – TBA

Abstract

09.30 – 10.00

KEYNOTE LECTURE 

Introduced by: Jennifer Harris (Norway)

Twin studies of obesity: an epigenetic and microbiome perspective – Jordanna Bell (United Kingdom)

10.00 – 10.30

COFFEE BREAK

10.30 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 6A:  Special issues: TTTS, TAPS, MCMA

Coordinators: Ruben Quintero (USA); Yves Ville (France)

Management of MCMA twins – Kurt Hecher (Germany)

TTTS in triplets – Asma Khalil (United Kingdom)

Debate: traditional selective laser photocoagulation of communicating vessels (SLPCV) approach for managing TTTS  – Ruben Quintero (USA) vs TBA

Brain abnormalities – Yves Ville (France)

Long term neurodevelopmental outcome of MC twins – Jeanine van Klink (The Netherlands)

Abstract

10.30 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 6B: Symposium in honor of Irv Gottesman 

Organizer: Nancy Segal (USA)
Discussant:
Kaare Christensen (Denmark)

Dr. Irving I. Gottesman was a pioneer in the field of twin research, as well as a wonderful colleague, mentor and friend to the scores of individuals with whom he worked. This symposium honors his legacy and in doing so keeps it alive as an inspiration for future investigators. An overview of his professional contributions and papers from his former students and colleagues will be presented, followed by comments from the audience.

Gene-Environment Correlations Affecting Children’s Early Delinquency and Aggressive Play Behaviors  –  Lisbeth Di Lalla (USA)

A Twin Vantage Point on Personality – Psychopathology Associations – David Di Lalla (USA)

Twins Reared Apart: The Findings Behind the Fascination – Nancy Segal (USA)

Irv Gottesman and the Possibilities for Theoretical Behavioral Genetics – Eric Turkheimer (USA)

Mapping Risk from Genes to Behavior –  Danielle Dick (USA)

Comments and recollections from the audience

Closing Comments

12.30 – 13.30

LUNCH BREAK

13.30 – 15.30

PARALLEL SESSION 7A:  Delivery of twins: Cesarean delivery, PPH

Coordinators: Gerard H.A. Visser (The Netherlands); Aris Antsaklis (Greece)

When is the optimal timing to deliver uncomplicated twins? – Jon F. Barrett (Canada)

Induction of labour in twins – TBA

Prevention and management of PPH in multiple pregnancy – Anton Mikhailov (Russia)

Debate: all monochorionic twins should be delivered by CS – YES Corinne Hubinont (Belgium); NO Jan G. Nijhuis (The Netherlands)

Abstract

13.30 – 15.30

PARALLEL SESSION 7B: Stakeholder engagement-building bridges between researchers and the twin community 

Coordinators: Jennifer Harris (Norway), Monica Rankin (Australia), Jeffrey Craig (Australia) 

15.30 – 16.30

TEA BREAK

16.30 – 18.30

PARALLEL SESSION 8A:  Special issues: Infections, Maternal diseases

Coordinators: Miroslaw Wielgos (Poland); Jan G. Nijhuis (The Netherlands)

maternal morbidity according to chorionicity – TBA

Hypertension and preeclampsia: an update – Bruno Reversade (Singapore)

Insulin resistance and metabolic abnormalities in birthweight discordant twins – TBA

Thrombophilia and twin pregnancy – Liliana Voto (Argentina)

Abstract

16.30 – 18.30

PARALLEL SESSION 8B: The use of twins in unravelling the Microbiome

Coordinators: TBA

“Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Anxiety and Gut Microbiome – the Korean Healthy Twin Study” – Joohon Sung (South Korea)

Plaque microbiomes in Infant Australian Twins – Andres Gomez (USA)

Salivary microbiomes in US twins – Kenneth Krauter (USA)

Novel Twin Microbiome studies in Twins UK – Claire Steves (United Kingdom)

16.30 – 18.30

ICOMBO Business Meeting

18.30

CLOSING REMARKS

+ Thu 16th Nov

09.00 – 11.30

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 1: Fetal growth in twin pregnancy

Course Coordinators: Kurt Hecher (Germany); TBA

Discussants: Kurt Hecher (Germany); Asma Khalil (United Kingdom); Isaac Blickstein (Israel); Liesbeth Lewi (Belgium); Gerard H.A. Visser (The Netherlands)

How to assess fetal growth in multiple pregnancy? – Isaac Blickstein (Israel)

Discordance in twins: is it ominous sign? – Asma Khalil (United Kingdom)

Selective fetal growth restriction: definition and outcome – Kurt Hecher (Germany)

Selective fetal growth restriction: management options – TBA

Selective fetal growth restriction: when and how to deliver – Liesbeth Lewi (Belgium)

How to monitor intrapartum? – Diogo Ayres De Campos (Portugal)

09.00 – 12.00

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 2: Twins and Epigenetics

Course Coordinator: Jordanna Bell (United Kingdom)

The heritability of DNA methylation and links to human traits: insights from twin studies – Jenny van Dongen (Netherlands)

Epigenetic studies of twins: insights into nonshared environment – Jeff Craig (Australia)

10.00 – 16.00

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 3: Managing a national multiple birth organisation (for ICOMBO members)

Course Coordinator: Monica Rankin (Australia)

This workshop will provide an opportunity for ICOMBO members to share and learn about some new programs for their organisations. Topics to be discussed include the Purple Butterfly program; publications and other support for specialised groups within the multiple birth community; and some of the best ways to use social media to benefit the organisation.

11.30 – 15.00

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 4: Fetal therapy in multiple pregnancy

Course Coordinator: Ruben Quintero (USA); Eugenia Antolin (Spain)

Discussants: Eugenia Antolin (Spain); Josè Louis Bartha Rasero (Spain); Eftichia Kontopoulos (USA); Ruben Quintero (USA)

Radiofrequency ablation: indications and techniques – TBA

Intrafetal Laser: indications and techniques – Ruben Quintero (USA)

Fetoscopic cord occlusion: indications and techniques – Eugenia Antonlin (Spain)

Fetoscopic Laser surgery in twin-twin transfusion syndrome: indications and techniques – TBA

Expectant management vs. laser therapy in selective intrauterine growth restriction. – Eftichia Kontopoulos (USA)

Reduction in multiple pregnancy: counselling and techniques – Jose Louis Bartha Rasero (Spain)

Rethinking TAPS – Ruben Quintero (USA)

13.30 – 16.00

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 5: Establishing a twin register: wonderful resources for phenotyping and biobanking

Course Coordinator: Dorret Boomsma (The Netherlands)

To represent a well-established twin register – Nick Martin (Australia)

The relatively recent southern EU experience – Juan Ramon Ordonana (Spain)

Zygosity assessment from immediate GSA genotyping – Jouke Jan Hottenga (The Netherlands)

Possibilities for biobanking in twin registers – Eline Slagboom (The Netherlands)

Interaction with participants –  Gonneke Willemsen (The Netherlands)

16.15 – 17.45

ISTS BOARD MEETING

Coordinators: Gonneke Willemsen (Netherlands); Jennifer Harris (Norway)

18.00 – 21.00

OPENING CEREMONY & WELCOME RECEPTION

Chairpersons: Gian Carlo Di Renzo (Italy); Ruben Quintero (United States); Jennifer Harris (Norway); Josè Louis Bartha Rasero (Spain)

OPENING LECTURES:

Assessing Telomere Length and Telomerase Activity in Twin Astronauts – Susan Bailey (USA)

Genetic susceptibility and environment – TBA

 

“TWIN” welcome reception

+ Fri 17th Nov

08.30 – 09.30

PARALLEL SESSION 1A:  Well-being

Coordinator: Meike Bartels (The Netherlands)

Findings from Norwegian twin studies on wellbeing – Ragnhild Bang Nes (Norway)

Genome and Epigenome findings for wellbeing – Bart Baselmans (The Netherlands)

Wellbeing and the brain – Meike Bartels (The Netherlands)

Abstract 

08.30 – 09.30

PARALLEL SESSION 1B: Perinatal mortality and morbidity in multiple pregnancy

Coordinator: Gerard H.A. Visser (The Netherlands)

Perinatal mortality in twins – Gerard H.A. Visser (The Netherlands)

How to avoid stillbirth in twins? – Asma Khalil (United Kingdom)

Single twin demise – Mark Kilby (United Kingdom)

09.30 – 10.00

KEYNOTE LECTURE

Introduced by: Gian Carlo Di Renzo (Italy)

  • Twin pregnancy and NCDs  – TBA

10.00 – 10.30

COFFEE BREAK

10.30 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 2A: Bulmer session on new developments with the biology of twinning  

Coordinators: Catherine Derom (Belgium); Nils Lambalk (The Netherlands)

This symposium deals with the biology and genetics of the twinning phenomenon. Name of this symposium: book by Michael Bulmer:  “The Biology of Twinning in Man”

The genetics of dizygotic twinning: the Twinning Genetics Consortium – Hamdi Mbarek (The Netherlands)

Biology of monozygotic twinning – Claudio Stern (United Kingdom)

The biology of double implantation of embryos – R. Berkhout (The Netherlands)

Chimerism in DZ twins: an overview and clinical relevance – H. Peters (The Netherlands)

Are monochorionic twins monozygotic? – Catherine Derom (Belgium)

10.30 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 2B: Preconceptional aspects of multiple pregnancy

Course Coordinator: Lali Sichinava (Russia)

Optimising ART to reduce multiple pregnancies – Renè Frydman (France)

Twins and multiples in ART, immigration and economical crisis – Ariadne Malamitsi-Puchner (Greece)

Mono- or bi-chorionicity: which does really matter? – Isaac Blickstein (Israel)

Placental development and complications in twin pregnancy – Josè Louis Bartha Rasero (Spain)

Customised growth chart in twins – Giuseppe Rizzo (Italy)

10.30 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 2C:  Twin-related complication

Coordinator: Kurth Hecher (Germany)

Outcome of complicated twin pregnancy: how to counsel the parents? – Enrico Lopriore (The Netherlands)

Neurodevelopmental morbidity in monochorionic twins – Kurt Hecher (Germany)

The placenta in complicated twin pregnancy – Liesbeth Lewi (Belgium)

Timing of cord clamping – Lianne Verbeek (The Netherlands)

Twins and neurodevelopmental outcomes: the effect of IVF, fetal growth restriction and preterm birth – Despina Briana (Greece)

12.30 – 13.30

LUNCH BREAK

13.30 – 15.30

PARALLEL SESSION 3A:  Obstetrical issues in twin pregnancy: prenatal screening and diagnosis

Coordinator: Katia Bilardo (The Netherlands)

NIPT in twin pregnancy – Maria Del Mar Gil Mira (Spain)

Management of discordant anomaly in twin pregnancy – Mark Kilby (United Kingdom)

First trimester prediction in twin pregnancy – Giuseppe Rizzo (Italy)

Functional and acquired cardiovascular anomalies in monochorionic twins – Nicky Manning (United Kingdom)

Prediction of major obstetrical syndromes in twin pregnancy in first trimester – Liona Poon (Hong Kong)

Counselling and techniques for multiple pregnancy reduction – Aris Antsaklis (Greece)

Abstracts

13.30 – 15.30

PARALLEL SESSION 3B: Early Career Researchers: Network, Collaboration and Science

Coordinators: Jaakko Kaprio (Finland); Louis Calais Ferreira (Australia)

This session will showcase the role of early-career researchers in scientific collaborations and promoting twin research on a global scale. It will include a discussion panel on the journey of being an ECR in the international context, career development pathways and insights on the future of collaborative networks in our field.

Building networks, capacity and the new workforce in global twin research – Lucas Calais Ferreira (Australia)

The CODATwins project: An example of international collaboration in twin research – Aline Jelenkovic (Finland)

The career of a staff scientist – combining a scientific background with administrative tasks in a research environment – Inge Petersen (Denmark)

Abstract

Discussion panel

PARALLEL SESSION 3C: HEALTH and WELL-BEING for the MULTIPLE BIRTH FAMILY

Coordinator: Monica Rankin (Australia)

 

15.30 – 16.30

TEA BREAK

16.30 – 18.30

PARALLEL SESSION 4A:  Preterm birth and prematurity (a PREIS School Academy session)

Coordinators: Roberto Romero (USA); Gian Carlo Di Renzo (Italy)

Preterm birth in twins: where are we now? – Jon Barrett (Canada)

Screening for preterm birth in twin pregnancy – Yves Ville (France)

Progesterone for the prevention of preterm birth in twins – Roberto Romero (USA)

Pessary in twin pregnancy TBA

New tools for preventing preterm birth – Fabio Facchinetti (Italy)

Abstratcs

16.30 – 18.30

PARALLEL SESSION 4B: Epigenomics and twin studies

Coordinators: Jeffrey Craig (Australia); Robert Lyle (Norway)

Methylome-wide association study of aggressive behavior in monozygotic twins – Jenny Van Dongen (Netherlands)

Epigenome-wide association study of serum cotinine in Finnish twins unravels novel loci and confirms earlier findings – Miina Ollikainen (Finland)

A genome-wide profiling of epigenetic fingerprint in adult twins of preterm birth. – Qihua Tan, (Denmark)

The relevance of peripheral DNA methylation for human brain development and emotional functioning: studies in monozygotic twinsLinda Booij (Canada)

18.30 – 19.30

ISTS GENERAL MEETING

+ Sat 18th Nov

08.30 – 09.30

PARALLEL SESSION 5A: Care in pregnancy and labour

Course Coordinator: TBA

Fetal growth restriction in twin pregnancy – TBA

Intrapartum monitoring in twins  – TBA

Can 3D printing help for the monitoring of twin pregnancy? –  Irene Giardina (Italy); Gian Carlo Di Renzo (Italy)

Abstract

08.30 – 09.30

PARALLEL SESSION 5B: Polygenic Risk Scores and twin studies

Coordinator: Sarah Medland (Australia)

Construction and use of PRS – Sarah Medland (Australia)

PRS and the study of GxE interactions – Lucia Colodro Conde (Australia)

PRS in Mendelian Randomization – TBA

Abstract

09.30 – 10.00

KEYNOTE LECTURE 

Introduced by: Jennifer Harris (Norway)

Twin studies of obesity: an epigenetic and microbiome perspective – Jordanna Bell (United Kingdom)

10.00 – 10.30

COFFEE BREAK

10.30 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 6A:  Special issues: TTTS, TAPS, MCMA

Coordinators: Ruben Quintero (USA); Yves Ville (France)

Management of MCMA twins – Kurt Hecher (Germany)

TTTS in triplets – Asma Khalil (United Kingdom)

Debate: traditional selective laser photocoagulation of communicating vessels (SLPCV) approach for managing TTTS  – Ruben Quintero (USA) vs TBA

Brain abnormalities – Yves Ville (France)

Long term neurodevelopmental outcome of MC twins – Jeanine van Klink (The Netherlands)

Abstract

10.30 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 6B: Symposium in honor of Irv Gottesman 

Organizer: Nancy Segal (USA)
Discussant:
Kaare Christensen (Denmark)

Dr. Irving I. Gottesman was a pioneer in the field of twin research, as well as a wonderful colleague, mentor and friend to the scores of individuals with whom he worked. This symposium honors his legacy and in doing so keeps it alive as an inspiration for future investigators. An overview of his professional contributions and papers from his former students and colleagues will be presented, followed by comments from the audience.

Gene-Environment Correlations Affecting Children’s Early Delinquency and Aggressive Play Behaviors  –  Lisbeth Di Lalla (USA)

A Twin Vantage Point on Personality – Psychopathology Associations – David Di Lalla (USA)

Twins Reared Apart: The Findings Behind the Fascination – Nancy Segal (USA)

Irv Gottesman and the Possibilities for Theoretical Behavioral Genetics – Eric Turkheimer (USA)

Mapping Risk from Genes to Behavior –  Danielle Dick (USA)

Comments and recollections from the audience

Closing Comments

12.30 – 13.30

LUNCH BREAK

13.30 – 15.30

PARALLEL SESSION 7A:  Delivery of twins: Cesarean delivery, PPH

Coordinators: Gerard H.A. Visser (The Netherlands); Aris Antsaklis (Greece)

When is the optimal timing to deliver uncomplicated twins? – Jon F. Barrett (Canada)

Induction of labour in twins – TBA

Prevention and management of PPH in multiple pregnancy – Anton Mikhailov (Russia)

Debate: all monochorionic twins should be delivered by CS – YES Corinne Hubinont (Belgium); NO Jan G. Nijhuis (The Netherlands)

Abstract

13.30 – 15.30

PARALLEL SESSION 7B: Stakeholder engagement-building bridges between researchers and the twin community 

Coordinators: Jennifer Harris (Norway), Monica Rankin (Australia), Jeffrey Craig (Australia) 

15.30 – 16.30

TEA BREAK

16.30 – 18.30

PARALLEL SESSION 8A:  Special issues: Infections, Maternal diseases

Coordinators: Miroslaw Wielgos (Poland); Jan G. Nijhuis (The Netherlands)

maternal morbidity according to chorionicity – TBA

Hypertension and preeclampsia: an update – Bruno Reversade (Singapore)

Insulin resistance and metabolic abnormalities in birthweight discordant twins – TBA

Thrombophilia and twin pregnancy – Liliana Voto (Argentina)

Abstract

16.30 – 18.30

PARALLEL SESSION 8B: The use of twins in unravelling the Microbiome

Coordinators: TBA

“Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Anxiety and Gut Microbiome – the Korean Healthy Twin Study” – Joohon Sung (South Korea)

Plaque microbiomes in Infant Australian Twins – Andres Gomez (USA)

Salivary microbiomes in US twins – Kenneth Krauter (USA)

Novel Twin Microbiome studies in Twins UK – Claire Steves (United Kingdom)

16.30 – 18.30

ICOMBO Business Meeting

18.30

CLOSING REMARKS