PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME

All lectures are scheduled in Beijing, China (GMT+8)

14.00 – 16.30

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 1: FETAL GROWTH IN TWIN PREGNANCY
Chairpersons: Gerry H. Visser, the Netherlands; Asma Khalil, United Kingdom

How to assess fetal growth in multiple pregnancy? What should be the standard?
Katia Bilardo, the Netherlands

Optimal fetal growth in twins
Gerard Visser, the Netherlands

To grow like two or not?
Nir Melamed, Canada

Fetal Growth after Laser Surgery for Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome
Ramen Chmait, United States

Selective fetal growth restriction: definition and outcome
Asma Khalil, United Kingdom

TRAP sequence: management options
Eftichia Kontopoulos, United States

The outcome and neurodevelopment of discordant twins
Tak Yeung Leung, Hong Kong, China

14.00 – 16.30

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 2: EARLY CAREER RESEARCHERS
Chairpersons: Bianka Forgó, Hungary; Kaushalya Jayaweera, Sri Lanka

Speakers:

Jane Loke
Namitha Mohandas
Ádám Tárnoki
Dávid Tárnoki
Jose Morosoli Garcia

14.00 – 16.30

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 3FETAL THERAPY IN MULTIPLE PREGNANCY
Chairpersons: Ruben Quintero, United States

Radiofrequency ablation: indications and techniques
Min Chen, China

Fetoscopic cord occlusion: indications and techniques
Seshadri Suresh, India

Fetoscopic laser surgery in TTTS: indications and techniques
Ruben Quintero, USA

Expectant management vs. laser therapy in stage 1 TTTS
Yves Ville, France

Intervention in selective intrauterine growth restriction
Valentina Tsibizova, Russia

Reduction in multiple pregnancy: counselling and techniques
Liona Poon, Hong Kong, China

TAPS: diagnostic challenges and when and how to intervene
Tuangsit Wataganara, Thailand

14.00 – 16.30

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 4SIMULATION: TWIN VAGINAL DELIVERY
Chairpersons: Jon Barrett, Canada; Sarah Rae Easter, United States

17.00 – 18.00

OPENING CEREMONY

Opening remarks
Huixia Yang, China, Host – Congress President

The hystory of TWINS congresses and our dear late friend Isaac Blickstein
Gian Carlo Di Renzo, Italy – Congress President       

The scientific topics
Liona Poon, Hong Kong, China – Chair of the Scientific Committee

The ISTS and the 17th World Congress
Jeff Craig, Australia –  ISTS and Congress President

Phenotypic difference in a scientifically studied pair of conjoined twins
Juliet Butler, United Kingdom
introduced by: Jeff Craig, Australia

09.00 – 10.30

PARALLEL SESSION 1A: PERINATAL MORTALITY AND MORBIDITY IN MULTIPLE PREGNANCY
Chairpersons: Tak Yeung Leung, Hong Kong, China; Eftichia Kontopoulos, United States

  • Perinatal mortality in twins
    Gerard H. Visser, The Netherlands
  • The placenta in complicated twin pregnancy
    Jose Luis Bartha, Spain
  • FIGO guidelines on the management of twin pregnancy
    Asma Khalil, United Kingdom

09.00 – 10.00

PARALLEL SESSION 1B: EMERGING METHODS IN TWIN RESEARCH
Chairpersons: Brad Verhulst, USA

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

10.00 – 10.30

COFFEE BREAK – EXHIBITION AND POSTERS VISIT

10.30 – 11.00

KEYNOTE LECTURE OBG&YN

  • Great Obstetrical Syndromes and their consequences on the mother and the perinate
    Roberto Romero, USA
    Introduced by: Gian Carlo Di Renzo, Italy

11.00 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 2A: PERICONCEPTIONAL ASPECTS OF MULTIPLE PREGNANCY
Chairpersons: Huixia Yang, PR China

  • Do we need more biomedical and biophysical tests to follow a twin pregnancy?
    Yves Ville, France
  • Optimal nutrition in twin pregnancy
    Roland Devlieger, Belgium
  • Micronutrients and twin pregnancy
    Gian Carlo Di Renzo, Italy
  • Pitfalls in assessing chorio-amnionicity
    Tak Yeung Leung, Hong Kong, China
  • Twin pregnancy and glucose metabolism
    Huixia Yang, PR China

11.00 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 2B: TWIN-RELATED COMPLICATIONS
Chairpersons: Seshadri Suresh, India

  • Counselling in MFPR and selective termination
    Aris Antsaklis, Greece
  • Outcome of complicated twin pregnancy: how to counsel parents?
    Seshadri Suresh, India
  • The IUGR features in twins
    Luming Sun, China
  • Twins and neurodevelopmental outcomes: the effect of IVF, fetal growth restriction and preterm birth
    Mahesh Choolani, Singapore
  • All complicated twins should have long term follow-up
    Ruben Quintero, USA

11.00 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 2C: LARGE COLLABORATIVE STUDIES IN TWIN BIRTH COHORTS
Chairpersons: Karri Silventoinen, Finland; Jeffrey Craig, Australia, Hongbo Qi

  • GEMINI twin birth cohort: a UK twin birth cohort with focus on early childhood weight trajectories
    Andrea Smith, United Kingdom
  • Causes and consequences of birth size in an international context: the CODATwins project
    Karri Silventoinen, Finland
  • Environmental Risk (E-Risk) Longitudinal Twin Study of childhood behaviour disoders
    Chloe Wong, United Kingdom
  • Twin birth cohorts and Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD)
    Athula Sumathipala, Sri Lanka

12.30 – 13.00

LUNCH BREAK  – EXHIBITION AND POSTERS VISIT

13.00 – 14.30

PARALLEL SESSION 3A: OBSTETRICAL ISSUES IN TWIN PREGNANCY: PRENATAL SCREENING AND DIAGNOSIS
Chairpersons: Katia Bilardo, The Netherlands; Jose Luis Bartha, Spain; Jingmei Ma, China

  • NIPT in twin pregnancy
    Maria del Mar Gil Mira, Spain
  • First trimester prediction in twins
    Katia Bilardo, the Netherlands
  • MCDA twins with discordant genotypes
    Richard Choy, Hong Kong, China
  • Functional and acquired cardiovascular anomalies in monochorionic twins
    Hye Sung Won, South Korea
  • Prediction and prevention of major obstetrical syndromes in twin pregnancy
    Liona Poon, Hong Kong, China

13.00 – 14.30

PARALLEL SESSION 3B: GENOMIC STUDIES OF COMPLEX TRAITS: THE VALUE OF TWINS
Chairpersons: Gonneke Willemsen, The Netherlands;

  • Inferring the causal relationships between cognitive impairment and psychiatric disorders by twin, family and genomic approaches
    Pak Sham, China
  • The Augmented Classical Twin Design: Incorporating Genome-wide Identity by Descen Sharing into Twin Studies in Order to Model Violations of the Equal Environments Assumption
    David Evans, Australia
  • Genomics and Epigenomics of Obesity and Obesity-related Traits in Chinese Twins’
    Weijing Wang, China
  • The genetics of thrombin generation
    Gonneke Willemsen, the Netherlands

14.30 – 15.00

LUNCH BREAK  – EXHIBITION AND POSTERS VISIT

15.00 – 16.30

PARALLEL SESSION 4A: PRETERM BIRTH AND PREMATURITY IN TWINS PREIS School Academy Session
Chaipersons: Roberto Romero, USA; Gian Carlo Di Renzo, Italy

  • Progesterone for the prevention of preterm birth in twins
    Eduardo Fonseca, Brazil
  • Cerclage or pessary for the prevention of preterm birth in twins?
    Vincenzo Berghella, USA
  • Corticosteroids and magnesium sulphate in twins: where is the evidence?
    Gerry Visser, the Netherlands
  • The different outcome of twins according to chorionicity
    Gerry Visser, the Netherlands
  • Problem of preterm twin newborns and how to cope with them
    Simon Lam, Hong Kong, China
  • The role of micronized progesterone and Arabin pessary in the prevention of early preterm birth for multiple pregnancies
    Sergey Barinov, Russia

15.00 – 16.30

PARALLEL SESSION 4B: ‘OMICS’ TWIN STUDIES
Chairpersons: Joohon Sung, South Korea; Jie Yan, China

  • Genetic and environmental effect on the microbiome
    Joohon Sung, South Korea
  • Causes of variation in DNA methylation measures across the lifespan
    Shuai Li, Australia
  • Epigenetic and forensic determination of identity in MZ twins
    Shujin Li, China
  • Twin metabolomics: the key to unlocking complex phenotypes in nutrition research
    Aifric O’Sullivan, Ireland

16.30 – 17.15

ORAL PRESENTATIONS 

  • Application of intraoral scanner to identify monozygotic twins
    Botond Simon
  • Being a father of twins
    Kristiina Heinonen
  • Evaluation of the new expert consensus-based definition of selective fetal growth restriction in monochorionic pregnancies
    Dominique Badr
  • Changes in structural brain development on neonatal cerebral ultrasound after selective fetal growth restriction in monochorionic twins.
    Sophie  Groene
  • Equivalent DNA methylation variation between monozygotic co-twins and unrelated individuals reveals the basis for universal epigenetic identity
    Athina Vidaki
  • Profile of multiple pregnancies in Brazil in the last decade: quantitative analysis of geographic area and delivery route
    Ana Maria Faria Esteves
  • Perinatal mortality risk for dizygotic twins remains consistent through artificial reproductive technology
    Noriko Kato
  • Twins Classroom Dilemma: practices of Brazilian twins’ mothers
    Isabella Ferreira
  • Correlation between clinical chorionicity and SNP-based cfDNA zygosity assignment in 38,808 twin pregnancies
    Anna  Wojas
  • Environmental factors related to within-pair difference of adiponectin in Japanese monozygotic twins
    Mika Hasegawa
  • Cerebro-placental and umbilico-cerebral ratio in uncomplicated monochorionic twins: longitudinal references from 16 to 37 weeks gestation
    Daniela Casati
  • Evaluation of markers of local infectious and inflammatory process in women with preterm birth in multiple pregnancies.
    Kristina Oganian

09.00 – 10.00

PARALLEL SESSION 5A: CARE IN PREGNANCY AND LABOUR
Chairpersons: Vincenzo Berghella, United States; Diogo Ayres do Campos, Portugal

  • Fetal growth restriction in twin pregnancy
    Nir Melamed, Canada
  • Intrapartum monitoring in twins
    Eftichia Kontopoulos, United States
  • Intrapartum care in twins
    Diogo Ayres de Campos, Portugal

09.00 – 10.00

PARALLEL SESSION 5B: PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDIES OF TWINS
Chairpersons: Nancy Segal, United States; Corrado Fagnani, Italy; Linda Booij, the Netherlands

  • The Twin Model: a silent success story in brain, cognition and behaviour research.A special issue of neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews
    Corrado Fagnani, Italy
  • The psychology of twins: a glimpse into the hearts and minds of our twin research subjects
    Joan Friedman, United States
  • Twin studies and the developmental origins of physical aggression: A bio-psycho-social perspective.
    Linda Booij, the Netherlands
  • Comparative study of social closeness in monozygotic and dizygotic twin families: aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews
    Nancy Segal, United States

10.00 – 10.30

COFFEE BREAK – EXHIBITION AND POSTERS VISIT

10.30 – 11.00

KEYNOTE LECTURE ISTS

  • Phenotypic difference in a scientifically studied pair of conjoined twins
    Juliet Butler, United Kingdom
    introduced by: Jeff Craig, Australia

10.30 – 11.00

KEYNOTE LECTURE OBGYN

  • Rh Disease still a burden:  FIGO guidelines and call for action
    Gerard Visser, the Netherlands
    introduced by: Gian Carlo Di Renzo, Italy

11.00 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 6A: SPECIAL ISSUES: US DOPPLER ANOMALIES, TTTS, TAPS, MCMA
Chairpersons: Tak Yeung Leung, Hong kong, China; Seshadri Suresh, India

  • Management of MCMA twins
    Ruben Quintero, USA
  • The management of TAPS
    Yves Ville, France
  • TTTS in triplets
    Seshadri Suresh, India
  • Risks of Solomon technique for TTTS
    Haruhiko Sago, Japan
  • Fetal heart diastolic function in complicated twin pregnancy
    Valentina Tsibizova, Russia
  • Selective intrauterine growth restriction (SIUGR) Type IIa versus IIb
    Ramen Chmait, USA

11.00 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 6B: IMAGING TWIN STUDIES

  • Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain in twins and brain ageing
    Vibeke Catts, Australia
  • Multimodality imaging in twin studies
    Adam Domonkos Tarnoki, Hungary
  • Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain in twins and links to mental wellbeing and resilience.
    Justine M Gatt, Australia
  • Genetic and environmental influences on magnetic resonance imaging quality and quantity
    Michelle Achterberg, the Netherlands
  • Genetic determination and omics investigation of the sarcopenia related phenotypes, as assessed by DXA and other methods
    Gregory Livshits, Israel

12.30 – 13.00

The priority choice for preventing Hemorrhage: A Whole New Heat Stable Carbetocin

Speaker: Yali Hu, China
Chairperson: Huixia Yang, China

12.30 – 13.00

LUNCH BREAK – EXHIBITION AND POSTERS VISIT

13.00 – 14.30

PARALLEL SESSION 7A: DELIVERY OF TWINS: CESAREAN DELIVERY, PPH
Chairpersons: Jon Barrett, Canada; Gerry H Visser, The Netherlands

  • Optimal timing of delivery of twins
    Tak Yeung Leung, Hong Kong, China
  • Induction of labour in twins
    Jon Barrett, Canada
  • Management of PPH
    Anton Mikhailov, Russia
  • Anomalies of placentation and their management
    Huixia Yang, PR China
  • Mode of delivery for monochorionic twins: should have all CS?
    Eftichia Kontopoulos, USA

13.00 – 14.30

PARALLEL SESSION 7B: COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN TWINS AND RESEARCHERS
Chairpersons: Monica Rankin, Australia; Jeffrey Craig, Australia

  • Research for twins & families
    Carolyn Lister, New Zealand
  • The priority setting partnership for twin research
    Asma Khalil, United Kingdom
  • Genetic counseling in monozygotic twins
    Petra Zwijnenburg, The Netherlands
  • Twins, their families and researchers: Celebrating a 40-year partnership in Australia
    Lucas Calais-Ferreira, Australia
  • Discussion – All twins should be offered zygosity testing

14.30

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

Nancy Segal
United States

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, Jun 4

14.00 – 16.30

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 1: FETAL GROWTH IN TWIN PREGNANCY
Chairpersons: Gerry H. Visser, the Netherlands; Asma Khalil, United Kingdom

How to assess fetal growth in multiple pregnancy? What should be the standard?
Katia Bilardo, the Netherlands

Optimal fetal growth in twins
Gerard Visser, the Netherlands

To grow like two or not?
Nir Melamed, Canada

Fetal Growth after Laser Surgery for Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome
Ramen Chmait, United States

Selective fetal growth restriction: definition and outcome
Asma Khalil, United Kingdom

TRAP sequence: management options
Eftichia Kontopoulos, United States

The outcome and neurodevelopment of discordant twins
Tak Yeung Leung, Hong Kong, China

14.00 – 16.30

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 2: EARLY CAREER RESEARCHERS
Chairpersons: Bianka Forgó, Hungary; Kaushalya Jayaweera, Sri Lanka

Speakers:

Jane Loke
Namitha Mohandas
Ádám Tárnoki
Dávid Tárnoki
Jose Morosoli Garcia

14.00 – 16.30

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 3FETAL THERAPY IN MULTIPLE PREGNANCY
Chairpersons: Ruben Quintero, United States

Radiofrequency ablation: indications and techniques
Min Chen, China

Fetoscopic cord occlusion: indications and techniques
Seshadri Suresh, India

Fetoscopic laser surgery in TTTS: indications and techniques
Ruben Quintero, USA

Expectant management vs. laser therapy in stage 1 TTTS
Yves Ville, France

Intervention in selective intrauterine growth restriction
Valentina Tsibizova, Russia

Reduction in multiple pregnancy: counselling and techniques
Liona Poon, Hong Kong, China

TAPS: diagnostic challenges and when and how to intervene
Tuangsit Wataganara, Thailand

14.00 – 16.30

PRECONGRESS WORKSHOP 4SIMULATION: TWIN VAGINAL DELIVERY
Chairpersons: Jon Barrett, Canada; Sarah Rae Easter, United States

17.00 – 18.00

OPENING CEREMONY

Opening remarks
Huixia Yang, China, Host – Congress President

The hystory of TWINS congresses and our dear late friend Isaac Blickstein
Gian Carlo Di Renzo, Italy – Congress President       

The scientific topics
Liona Poon, Hong Kong, China – Chair of the Scientific Committee

The ISTS and the 17th World Congress
Jeff Craig, Australia –  ISTS and Congress President

Phenotypic difference in a scientifically studied pair of conjoined twins
Juliet Butler, United Kingdom
introduced by: Jeff Craig, Australia

Saturday, Jun 5

09.00 – 10.30

PARALLEL SESSION 1A: PERINATAL MORTALITY AND MORBIDITY IN MULTIPLE PREGNANCY
Chairpersons: Tak Yeung Leung, Hong Kong, China; Eftichia Kontopoulos, United States

  • Perinatal mortality in twins
    Gerard H. Visser, The Netherlands
  • The placenta in complicated twin pregnancy
    Jose Luis Bartha, Spain
  • FIGO guidelines on the management of twin pregnancy
    Asma Khalil, United Kingdom

09.00 – 10.00

PARALLEL SESSION 1B: EMERGING METHODS IN TWIN RESEARCH
Chairpersons: Brad Verhulst, USA

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

10.00 – 10.30

COFFEE BREAK – EXHIBITION AND POSTERS VISIT

10.30 – 11.00

KEYNOTE LECTURE OBG&YN

  • Great Obstetrical Syndromes and their consequences on the mother and the perinate
    Roberto Romero, USA
    Introduced by: Gian Carlo Di Renzo, Italy

11.00 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 2A: PERICONCEPTIONAL ASPECTS OF MULTIPLE PREGNANCY
Chairpersons: Huixia Yang, PR China

  • Do we need more biomedical and biophysical tests to follow a twin pregnancy?
    Yves Ville, France
  • Optimal nutrition in twin pregnancy
    Roland Devlieger, Belgium
  • Micronutrients and twin pregnancy
    Gian Carlo Di Renzo, Italy
  • Pitfalls in assessing chorio-amnionicity
    Tak Yeung Leung, Hong Kong, China
  • Twin pregnancy and glucose metabolism
    Huixia Yang, PR China

11.00 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 2B: TWIN-RELATED COMPLICATIONS
Chairpersons: Seshadri Suresh, India

  • Counselling in MFPR and selective termination
    Aris Antsaklis, Greece
  • Outcome of complicated twin pregnancy: how to counsel parents?
    Seshadri Suresh, India
  • The IUGR features in twins
    Luming Sun, China
  • Twins and neurodevelopmental outcomes: the effect of IVF, fetal growth restriction and preterm birth
    Mahesh Choolani, Singapore
  • All complicated twins should have long term follow-up
    Ruben Quintero, USA

11.00 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 2C: LARGE COLLABORATIVE STUDIES IN TWIN BIRTH COHORTS
Chairpersons: Karri Silventoinen, Finland; Jeffrey Craig, Australia, Hongbo Qi

  • GEMINI twin birth cohort: a UK twin birth cohort with focus on early childhood weight trajectories
    Andrea Smith, United Kingdom
  • Causes and consequences of birth size in an international context: the CODATwins project
    Karri Silventoinen, Finland
  • Environmental Risk (E-Risk) Longitudinal Twin Study of childhood behaviour disoders
    Chloe Wong, United Kingdom
  • Twin birth cohorts and Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD)
    Athula Sumathipala, Sri Lanka

12.30 – 13.00

LUNCH BREAK  – EXHIBITION AND POSTERS VISIT

13.00 – 14.30

PARALLEL SESSION 3A: OBSTETRICAL ISSUES IN TWIN PREGNANCY: PRENATAL SCREENING AND DIAGNOSIS
Chairpersons: Katia Bilardo, The Netherlands; Jose Luis Bartha, Spain; Jingmei Ma, China

  • NIPT in twin pregnancy
    Maria del Mar Gil Mira, Spain
  • First trimester prediction in twins
    Katia Bilardo, the Netherlands
  • MCDA twins with discordant genotypes
    Richard Choy, Hong Kong, China
  • Functional and acquired cardiovascular anomalies in monochorionic twins
    Hye Sung Won, South Korea
  • Prediction and prevention of major obstetrical syndromes in twin pregnancy
    Liona Poon, Hong Kong, China

13.00 – 14.30

PARALLEL SESSION 3B: GENOMIC STUDIES OF COMPLEX TRAITS: THE VALUE OF TWINS
Chairpersons: Gonneke Willemsen, The Netherlands;

  • Inferring the causal relationships between cognitive impairment and psychiatric disorders by twin, family and genomic approaches
    Pak Sham, China
  • The Augmented Classical Twin Design: Incorporating Genome-wide Identity by Descen Sharing into Twin Studies in Order to Model Violations of the Equal Environments Assumption
    David Evans, Australia
  • Genomics and Epigenomics of Obesity and Obesity-related Traits in Chinese Twins’
    Weijing Wang, China
  • The genetics of thrombin generation
    Gonneke Willemsen, the Netherlands

14.30 – 15.00

LUNCH BREAK  – EXHIBITION AND POSTERS VISIT

15.00 – 16.30

PARALLEL SESSION 4A: PRETERM BIRTH AND PREMATURITY IN TWINS PREIS School Academy Session
Chaipersons: Roberto Romero, USA; Gian Carlo Di Renzo, Italy

  • Progesterone for the prevention of preterm birth in twins
    Eduardo Fonseca, Brazil
  • Cerclage or pessary for the prevention of preterm birth in twins?
    Vincenzo Berghella, USA
  • Corticosteroids and magnesium sulphate in twins: where is the evidence?
    Gerry Visser, the Netherlands
  • The different outcome of twins according to chorionicity
    Gerry Visser, the Netherlands
  • Problem of preterm twin newborns and how to cope with them
    Simon Lam, Hong Kong, China
  • The role of micronized progesterone and Arabin pessary in the prevention of early preterm birth for multiple pregnancies
    Sergey Barinov, Russia

15.00 – 16.30

PARALLEL SESSION 4B: ‘OMICS’ TWIN STUDIES
Chairpersons: Joohon Sung, South Korea; Jie Yan, China

  • Genetic and environmental effect on the microbiome
    Joohon Sung, South Korea
  • Causes of variation in DNA methylation measures across the lifespan
    Shuai Li, Australia
  • Epigenetic and forensic determination of identity in MZ twins
    Shujin Li, China
  • Twin metabolomics: the key to unlocking complex phenotypes in nutrition research
    Aifric O’Sullivan, Ireland

16.30 – 17.15

ORAL PRESENTATIONS 

  • Application of intraoral scanner to identify monozygotic twins
    Botond Simon
  • Being a father of twins
    Kristiina Heinonen
  • Evaluation of the new expert consensus-based definition of selective fetal growth restriction in monochorionic pregnancies
    Dominique Badr
  • Changes in structural brain development on neonatal cerebral ultrasound after selective fetal growth restriction in monochorionic twins.
    Sophie  Groene
  • Equivalent DNA methylation variation between monozygotic co-twins and unrelated individuals reveals the basis for universal epigenetic identity
    Athina Vidaki
  • Profile of multiple pregnancies in Brazil in the last decade: quantitative analysis of geographic area and delivery route
    Ana Maria Faria Esteves
  • Perinatal mortality risk for dizygotic twins remains consistent through artificial reproductive technology
    Noriko Kato
  • Twins Classroom Dilemma: practices of Brazilian twins’ mothers
    Isabella Ferreira
  • Correlation between clinical chorionicity and SNP-based cfDNA zygosity assignment in 38,808 twin pregnancies
    Anna  Wojas
  • Environmental factors related to within-pair difference of adiponectin in Japanese monozygotic twins
    Mika Hasegawa
  • Cerebro-placental and umbilico-cerebral ratio in uncomplicated monochorionic twins: longitudinal references from 16 to 37 weeks gestation
    Daniela Casati
  • Evaluation of markers of local infectious and inflammatory process in women with preterm birth in multiple pregnancies.
    Kristina Oganian
Sunday, Jun 6

09.00 – 10.00

PARALLEL SESSION 5A: CARE IN PREGNANCY AND LABOUR
Chairpersons: Vincenzo Berghella, United States; Diogo Ayres do Campos, Portugal

  • Fetal growth restriction in twin pregnancy
    Nir Melamed, Canada
  • Intrapartum monitoring in twins
    Eftichia Kontopoulos, United States
  • Intrapartum care in twins
    Diogo Ayres de Campos, Portugal

09.00 – 10.00

PARALLEL SESSION 5B: PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDIES OF TWINS
Chairpersons: Nancy Segal, United States; Corrado Fagnani, Italy; Linda Booij, the Netherlands

  • The Twin Model: a silent success story in brain, cognition and behaviour research.A special issue of neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews
    Corrado Fagnani, Italy
  • The psychology of twins: a glimpse into the hearts and minds of our twin research subjects
    Joan Friedman, United States
  • Twin studies and the developmental origins of physical aggression: A bio-psycho-social perspective.
    Linda Booij, the Netherlands
  • Comparative study of social closeness in monozygotic and dizygotic twin families: aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews
    Nancy Segal, United States

10.00 – 10.30

COFFEE BREAK – EXHIBITION AND POSTERS VISIT

10.30 – 11.00

KEYNOTE LECTURE ISTS

  • Phenotypic difference in a scientifically studied pair of conjoined twins
    Juliet Butler, United Kingdom
    introduced by: Jeff Craig, Australia

10.30 – 11.00

KEYNOTE LECTURE OBGYN

  • Rh Disease still a burden:  FIGO guidelines and call for action
    Gerard Visser, the Netherlands
    introduced by: Gian Carlo Di Renzo, Italy

11.00 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 6A: SPECIAL ISSUES: US DOPPLER ANOMALIES, TTTS, TAPS, MCMA
Chairpersons: Tak Yeung Leung, Hong kong, China; Seshadri Suresh, India

  • Management of MCMA twins
    Ruben Quintero, USA
  • The management of TAPS
    Yves Ville, France
  • TTTS in triplets
    Seshadri Suresh, India
  • Risks of Solomon technique for TTTS
    Haruhiko Sago, Japan
  • Fetal heart diastolic function in complicated twin pregnancy
    Valentina Tsibizova, Russia
  • Selective intrauterine growth restriction (SIUGR) Type IIa versus IIb
    Ramen Chmait, USA

11.00 – 12.30

PARALLEL SESSION 6B: IMAGING TWIN STUDIES

  • Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain in twins and brain ageing
    Vibeke Catts, Australia
  • Multimodality imaging in twin studies
    Adam Domonkos Tarnoki, Hungary
  • Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain in twins and links to mental wellbeing and resilience.
    Justine M Gatt, Australia
  • Genetic and environmental influences on magnetic resonance imaging quality and quantity
    Michelle Achterberg, the Netherlands
  • Genetic determination and omics investigation of the sarcopenia related phenotypes, as assessed by DXA and other methods
    Gregory Livshits, Israel

12.30 – 13.00

The priority choice for preventing Hemorrhage: A Whole New Heat Stable Carbetocin

Speaker: Yali Hu, China
Chairperson: Huixia Yang, China

12.30 – 13.00

LUNCH BREAK – EXHIBITION AND POSTERS VISIT

13.00 – 14.30

PARALLEL SESSION 7A: DELIVERY OF TWINS: CESAREAN DELIVERY, PPH
Chairpersons: Jon Barrett, Canada; Gerry H Visser, The Netherlands

  • Optimal timing of delivery of twins
    Tak Yeung Leung, Hong Kong, China
  • Induction of labour in twins
    Jon Barrett, Canada
  • Management of PPH
    Anton Mikhailov, Russia
  • Anomalies of placentation and their management
    Huixia Yang, PR China
  • Mode of delivery for monochorionic twins: should have all CS?
    Eftichia Kontopoulos, USA

13.00 – 14.30

PARALLEL SESSION 7B: COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN TWINS AND RESEARCHERS
Chairpersons: Monica Rankin, Australia; Jeffrey Craig, Australia

  • Research for twins & families
    Carolyn Lister, New Zealand
  • The priority setting partnership for twin research
    Asma Khalil, United Kingdom
  • Genetic counseling in monozygotic twins
    Petra Zwijnenburg, The Netherlands
  • Twins, their families and researchers: Celebrating a 40-year partnership in Australia
    Lucas Calais-Ferreira, Australia
  • Discussion – All twins should be offered zygosity testing

14.30

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

Nancy Segal
United States

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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