PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME

09.30 – 12.30

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 1: FETAL GROWTH IN TWIN PREGNANCY

09.30 – 12.30

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 2: EARLY CAREER RESEARCHERS

10.00 – 16.00

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 3: MANAGING A NATIONAL MULTIPLE BIRTH ORGANISATION (FOR ICOMBO MEMBERS)

13.30 – 17.00

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 4FETAL THERAPY IN MULTIPLE PREGNANCY

13.30 – 17.00

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 5BIRTH COHORTS WORKING GROUP

13.30 – 17.00

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 6SIMULATION: TWIN VAGINAL DELIVERY

18.00 – 21.00

OPENING CEREMONY & WELCOME RECEPTION

OPENING LECTURE:

Evolutionary aspects of twinning

 

The ceremony will be followed by a welcome cocktail that will be held in the exhibition area

08.30 – 09.30

PARALLEL SESSION 1A: PERINATAL MORTALITY AND MORBIDITY IN MULTIPLE PREGNANCY

  • Perinatal mortality in twins
  • The placenta in complicated twin pregnancy
  • FIGO guidelines on the management of twin pregnancy

08.30 – 09.30

PARALLEL SESSION 1B: EMERGING METHODS IN TWIN RESEARCH

  • Estimating (unbounded) Variance Components ACE Models: a change to methodology
  • Insights into parenting: Using Non-transmitted genotypes/virtual-parent method
  • Using twin studies to make inference about causation from examination of familial confounding (ICE FALCON) and its relationship to Mendelian randomisation

09.30 – 10.00

KEYNOTE LECTURE OBG&YN

  • TBA

10.00 – 10.30

COFFEE BREAK & POSTER WALK

10.30 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 2A: PERICONCEPTIONAL ASPECTS OF MULTIPLE PREGNANCY

  • IVF and twinning: what are the real risks? How to avoid?
  • Do we need more biomedical and biophysical tests to follow a twin pregnancy?
  • Optimal nutrition in twin pregnancy
  • Pitfalls in assessing chorio-amnionicity
  • Outcome of IVF pregnancy and the DOHAD concept

10.30 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 2B: TWIN-RELATED COMPLICATIONS

  • Counselling in MFPR and selective termination
  • Outcome of complicated twin pregnancy: how to counsel parents?
  • The IUGR features in twins
  • Twins and neurodevelopmental outcomes: the effect of IVF, fetal growth restriction and preterm birth
  • All complicated twins should have long term follow-up

10.30 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 2C: LARGE COLLABORATIVE STUDIES IN TWIN BIRTH COHORTS

  • GEMINI twin birth cohort: a UK twin birth cohort with focus on early childhood weight trajectories
  • Causes and consequences of birth size in an international context: the CODATwins project
  • Environmental Risk (E-Risk) Longitudinal Twin Study of childhood behaviour disoders
  • A word-wide collaboration of twin birth cohorts and other studies on childhood aggression: the ACTION project
  • Twin birth cohorts and Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD)
  • Conclusions. The future of birth cohort studies.

12.30 – 13.30

LUNCH BREAK & POSTER WALK

13.30 – 15.30

PARALLEL SESSION 3A: OBSTETRICAL ISSUES IN TWIN PREGNANCY: PRENATAL SCREENING AND DIAGNOSIS

  • NIPT in twin pregnancy
  • First trimester prediction in twins
  • Ultrasound in twins in first trimesters
  • MCDA twins with discordant genotypes
  • Functional and acquired cardiovascular anomalies in monochorionic twins
  • Prediction and prevention of major obstetrical syndromes in twin pregnancy

13.30 – 15.30

ICOMBO BUSINESS MEETING

13.30 – 15.30

PARALLEL SESSION 3B: GENOMIC STUDIES OF COMPLEX TRAITS: THE VALUE OF TWINS

  • Cognitive impairment and schizophrenia
  • Using large scale twin studies and biobanks to investigate the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD)
  • Genomics and Epigenomics of Obesity and Obesity-related Traits in Chinese Twins’
  • Contributions of twin and SNP based heritability estimates in the genetics of common disease

15.30 – 16.30

LUNCH BREAK & POSTER WALK

16.30 – 18.30

PARALLEL SESSION 4A: PRETERM BIRTH AND PREMATURITY IN TWINS PREIS School Academy Session

  • Screening for preterm birth in twin pregnancy
  • Progesterone for the prevention of preterm birth in twins
  • Cerclage or pessary for the prevention of preterm birth in twins?
  • Corticosteroids and magnesium sulphate in twins: where is the evidence?
  • The different outcome of twins according to chorionicity
  • Problem of preterm twin newborns and how to cope with them

16.30 – 18.30

PARALLEL SESSION 4B: ‘OMICS’ TWIN STUDIES

  • Microbiomes
  • DNA methylation in monozygotic twins concordant or discordant for aggressive behavior
  • Metabolomics

18.30 – 19.30

ISTS GENERAL MEETING

08.30 – 09.30

PARALLEL SESSION 5A: CARE IN PREGNANCY AND LABOUR

  • Fetal growth restriction in twin pregnancy
  • Intrapartum monitoring in twins
  • Intrapartum care in twins

08.30 – 09.30

PARALLEL SESSION 5B: BULMER SESSION ON NEW DEVELOPMENTS WITH THE BIOLOGY AND GENETICS OF TWINNING

 

  • Genetics of MZ twinning
  • Genetics of DZ twinning and new genes from a massive GWAS study
  • New insights into the biology of MZ twinning

09.30 – 10.00

KEYNOTE LECTURE ISTS

  • Phenotypic difference in a scientifically studied pair of conjoined twins

10.00 – 10.30

COFFEE BREAK & POSTER WALK

10.30 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 6A: SPECIAL ISSUES: US DOPPLER ANOMALIES, TTTS, TAPS, MCMA

  • Management of MCMA twins
  • The management of TAPS
  • TTTS in triplets
  • Techniques of laser photocoagulation of communicating vessels for managing TTTS
  • Debate: All twins and multiple pregnancies should be looked after in multiple pregnancy specialist clinics

10.30 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 6B: NEUROIMAGING & THE BRAIN: ROLE OF TWIN STUDIES

Topics and Speakers will be announced soon

10.30 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 6C: PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDIES OF TWINS

  • CSU Fullerton–Twin Family study of social closeness
  • The psychology of twins: a glimpse into the hearts and minds of our twin research subjects
  • Causes of difference in childhood well-being; the effects of parental ratings
  • Are twins different?
  • Twin studies and the developmental origins of physical aggression: A bio-psycho-social perspective
  • Language Development

12.30 – 13.30

LUNCH BREAK & POSTER WALK

13.30 – 15.30

PARALLEL SESSION 7A: DELIVERY OF TWINS: CESAREAN DELIVERY, PPH

  • Optimal timing of delivery of twins
  • Doppler studies before induction in twins
  • Induction of labour in twins
  • Management of PPH
  • Mode of delivery for monochorionic twins: should have all CS?

13.30 – 15.30

PARALLEL SESSION 7B: COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN TWINS AND RESEARCHERS

  • Research for twins & families
  • The priority setting partnership for twin research
  • Empirical studies on class room sharing
  • Discussion – All twins should be offered zygosity testing

15.30 – 15.45

ISTS PRIZES AND CLOSING REMARKS

ISTS Award Presentations:

  • The Shields Award
  • The Gedda Prize for best student poster
  • The Galton Prize for best student presentation

Closing Remarks

Aris Antsaklis
Greece

Jon Barret
Canada

Jose Luis Bartha
Spain

Vincenzo Berghella
United States

Linda Booij
Canada

Juliet Butler
United Kingdom

Ming Chen
China

Richard Choy
Hong Kong

Roland De Vlieger
Belgium

David Evans
Australia

Eduardo Fonseca
Brazil

L.Scott Forbes
Canada

Bianka Forgó
Hungary

Joan Friedman
United States

Sandro Gerli
Italy

Kaushalya Jayaweera
Sri Lanka

Simon Lam
Hong Kong

Tak Yeung Leung
Hong Kong

Carolyn Lister
New Zeland

Hamdi Mbarek
Qatar

Nir Melamed
Canada

Anton Mikhailov
Russia

Mike Neale
United States

Monica Rankin
Australia

Richard Saffery
Australia

Haruiko Sago
Japan

Suresh Seshadri
India

Karri Silventoinen
Sweden

Claudio Stern
United Kingdom

Athula Sumathipala
Sri Lanka

Luming Sun
China

Weijing Wang
China

Tuangsit Wataganara
Thailand

Hye Sung Won
South Korea

Chloe Wong
United Kingdom

More international Speakers will be announced soon

Friday, Jul 3

09.30 – 12.30

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 1: FETAL GROWTH IN TWIN PREGNANCY

09.30 – 12.30

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 2: EARLY CAREER RESEARCHERS

10.00 – 16.00

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 3: MANAGING A NATIONAL MULTIPLE BIRTH ORGANISATION (FOR ICOMBO MEMBERS)

13.30 – 17.00

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 4FETAL THERAPY IN MULTIPLE PREGNANCY

13.30 – 17.00

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 5BIRTH COHORTS WORKING GROUP

13.30 – 17.00

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 6SIMULATION: TWIN VAGINAL DELIVERY

18.00 – 21.00

OPENING CEREMONY & WELCOME RECEPTION

OPENING LECTURE:

Evolutionary aspects of twinning

 

The ceremony will be followed by a welcome cocktail that will be held in the exhibition area

Saturday, Jul 4

08.30 – 09.30

PARALLEL SESSION 1A: PERINATAL MORTALITY AND MORBIDITY IN MULTIPLE PREGNANCY

  • Perinatal mortality in twins
  • The placenta in complicated twin pregnancy
  • FIGO guidelines on the management of twin pregnancy

08.30 – 09.30

PARALLEL SESSION 1B: EMERGING METHODS IN TWIN RESEARCH

  • Estimating (unbounded) Variance Components ACE Models: a change to methodology
  • Insights into parenting: Using Non-transmitted genotypes/virtual-parent method
  • Using twin studies to make inference about causation from examination of familial confounding (ICE FALCON) and its relationship to Mendelian randomisation

09.30 – 10.00

KEYNOTE LECTURE OBG&YN

  • TBA

10.00 – 10.30

COFFEE BREAK & POSTER WALK

10.30 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 2A: PERICONCEPTIONAL ASPECTS OF MULTIPLE PREGNANCY

  • IVF and twinning: what are the real risks? How to avoid?
  • Do we need more biomedical and biophysical tests to follow a twin pregnancy?
  • Optimal nutrition in twin pregnancy
  • Pitfalls in assessing chorio-amnionicity
  • Outcome of IVF pregnancy and the DOHAD concept

10.30 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 2B: TWIN-RELATED COMPLICATIONS

  • Counselling in MFPR and selective termination
  • Outcome of complicated twin pregnancy: how to counsel parents?
  • The IUGR features in twins
  • Twins and neurodevelopmental outcomes: the effect of IVF, fetal growth restriction and preterm birth
  • All complicated twins should have long term follow-up

10.30 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 2C: LARGE COLLABORATIVE STUDIES IN TWIN BIRTH COHORTS

  • GEMINI twin birth cohort: a UK twin birth cohort with focus on early childhood weight trajectories
  • Causes and consequences of birth size in an international context: the CODATwins project
  • Environmental Risk (E-Risk) Longitudinal Twin Study of childhood behaviour disoders
  • A word-wide collaboration of twin birth cohorts and other studies on childhood aggression: the ACTION project
  • Twin birth cohorts and Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD)
  • Conclusions. The future of birth cohort studies.

12.30 – 13.30

LUNCH BREAK & POSTER WALK

13.30 – 15.30

PARALLEL SESSION 3A: OBSTETRICAL ISSUES IN TWIN PREGNANCY: PRENATAL SCREENING AND DIAGNOSIS

  • NIPT in twin pregnancy
  • First trimester prediction in twins
  • Ultrasound in twins in first trimesters
  • MCDA twins with discordant genotypes
  • Functional and acquired cardiovascular anomalies in monochorionic twins
  • Prediction and prevention of major obstetrical syndromes in twin pregnancy

13.30 – 15.30

ICOMBO BUSINESS MEETING

13.30 – 15.30

PARALLEL SESSION 3B: GENOMIC STUDIES OF COMPLEX TRAITS: THE VALUE OF TWINS

  • Cognitive impairment and schizophrenia
  • Using large scale twin studies and biobanks to investigate the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD)
  • Genomics and Epigenomics of Obesity and Obesity-related Traits in Chinese Twins’
  • Contributions of twin and SNP based heritability estimates in the genetics of common disease

15.30 – 16.30

LUNCH BREAK & POSTER WALK

16.30 – 18.30

PARALLEL SESSION 4A: PRETERM BIRTH AND PREMATURITY IN TWINS PREIS School Academy Session

  • Screening for preterm birth in twin pregnancy
  • Progesterone for the prevention of preterm birth in twins
  • Cerclage or pessary for the prevention of preterm birth in twins?
  • Corticosteroids and magnesium sulphate in twins: where is the evidence?
  • The different outcome of twins according to chorionicity
  • Problem of preterm twin newborns and how to cope with them

16.30 – 18.30

PARALLEL SESSION 4B: ‘OMICS’ TWIN STUDIES

  • Microbiomes
  • DNA methylation in monozygotic twins concordant or discordant for aggressive behavior
  • Metabolomics

18.30 – 19.30

ISTS GENERAL MEETING

Sunday, Jul 5

08.30 – 09.30

PARALLEL SESSION 5A: CARE IN PREGNANCY AND LABOUR

  • Fetal growth restriction in twin pregnancy
  • Intrapartum monitoring in twins
  • Intrapartum care in twins

08.30 – 09.30

PARALLEL SESSION 5B: BULMER SESSION ON NEW DEVELOPMENTS WITH THE BIOLOGY AND GENETICS OF TWINNING

 

  • Genetics of MZ twinning
  • Genetics of DZ twinning and new genes from a massive GWAS study
  • New insights into the biology of MZ twinning

09.30 – 10.00

KEYNOTE LECTURE ISTS

  • Phenotypic difference in a scientifically studied pair of conjoined twins

10.00 – 10.30

COFFEE BREAK & POSTER WALK

10.30 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 6A: SPECIAL ISSUES: US DOPPLER ANOMALIES, TTTS, TAPS, MCMA

  • Management of MCMA twins
  • The management of TAPS
  • TTTS in triplets
  • Techniques of laser photocoagulation of communicating vessels for managing TTTS
  • Debate: All twins and multiple pregnancies should be looked after in multiple pregnancy specialist clinics

10.30 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 6B: NEUROIMAGING & THE BRAIN: ROLE OF TWIN STUDIES

Topics and Speakers will be announced soon

10.30 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 6C: PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDIES OF TWINS

  • CSU Fullerton–Twin Family study of social closeness
  • The psychology of twins: a glimpse into the hearts and minds of our twin research subjects
  • Causes of difference in childhood well-being; the effects of parental ratings
  • Are twins different?
  • Twin studies and the developmental origins of physical aggression: A bio-psycho-social perspective
  • Language Development

12.30 – 13.30

LUNCH BREAK & POSTER WALK

13.30 – 15.30

PARALLEL SESSION 7A: DELIVERY OF TWINS: CESAREAN DELIVERY, PPH

  • Optimal timing of delivery of twins
  • Doppler studies before induction in twins
  • Induction of labour in twins
  • Management of PPH
  • Mode of delivery for monochorionic twins: should have all CS?

13.30 – 15.30

PARALLEL SESSION 7B: COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN TWINS AND RESEARCHERS

  • Research for twins & families
  • The priority setting partnership for twin research
  • Empirical studies on class room sharing
  • Discussion – All twins should be offered zygosity testing

15.30 – 15.45

ISTS PRIZES AND CLOSING REMARKS

ISTS Award Presentations:

  • The Shields Award
  • The Gedda Prize for best student poster
  • The Galton Prize for best student presentation

Closing Remarks

Invited Speakers

Aris Antsaklis
Greece

Jon Barret
Canada

Jose Luis Bartha
Spain

Vincenzo Berghella
United States

Linda Booij
Canada

Juliet Butler
United Kingdom

Ming Chen
China

Richard Choy
Hong Kong

Roland De Vlieger
Belgium

David Evans
Australia

Eduardo Fonseca
Brazil

L.Scott Forbes
Canada

Bianka Forgó
Hungary

Joan Friedman
United States

Sandro Gerli
Italy

Kaushalya Jayaweera
Sri Lanka

Simon Lam
Hong Kong

Tak Yeung Leung
Hong Kong

Carolyn Lister
New Zeland

Hamdi Mbarek
Qatar

Nir Melamed
Canada

Anton Mikhailov
Russia

Mike Neale
United States

Monica Rankin
Australia

Richard Saffery
Australia

Haruiko Sago
Japan

Suresh Seshadri
India

Karri Silventoinen
Sweden

Claudio Stern
United Kingdom

Athula Sumathipala
Sri Lanka

Luming Sun
China

Weijing Wang
China

Tuangsit Wataganara
Thailand

Hye Sung Won
South Korea

Chloe Wong
United Kingdom

More international Speakers will be announced soon

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