Lectures and seminars

SFO-Epi seminar: The Chinese National Twin Registry and the China Kadoorie Biobank

2018-06-1409:00 to 10:00 Lecture hall Petrén, Nobels väg 12B, Karolinska Institutet, SolnaCampus SolnaSfoEpi

We welcome you to attend the SFO-epi seminar "The Chinese National Twin Registry and the China Kadoorie Biobank"

Hosts: Nancy Pedersen and Zheng Chang, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics


This seminar will introduce two powerful and rich data resources for investigating the genetic and environmental causes of common chronic diseases in the Chinese population.

The Chinese National Twin Registry is the first national twin registry in China, and has now become the largest twin registry in Asia. So far, more than 80,000 twins have been recruited with extensive data collected on demographic, socioeconomic, dietary, lifestyle, medical and family information. Following large investments in the collection of biological samples in the past decade, CNTR has now established a disease-discordant twin pairs’ biobank with blood sample from more than 2000 twins, which has effectively transformed the registry into a powerful resource for molecular epidemiological studies.

The China Kadoorie Biobank is a large, well-established, study for investigating the main causes of many common chronic diseases in China. Over 510,000 adults were recruited from 10 geographically defined regions of China, with extensive data collection by questionnaire and physical measurements, and with long-term storage of blood samples for future study. It also includes follow-up information on cause-specific mortality and morbidity, and any hospital admission through linkages with national health insurance databases.

If you have any questions, please contact Zheng Chang (Zheng.Chang@ki.se)

Contact person: Zheng Chang
EpidemiologyTwin research