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The Sri Lankan twin registry biobank: South Asia's first twin biobank

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Kaushalya Jayaweera, Lakshan Warnakula, Lasith Dissanayake, Anushka Adikari, Sisira Siribaddana, Helena M.S. Zavos, Fruhling Rijsdijk, Patricia A. Zunszain, Carmine M. Pariante, Nick Glozier, Matthew Hotopf, Athula Sumathipala

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere5
Pages (from-to)e5
JournalGlobal Health, Epidemiology and Genomics
Accepted/In press2020

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Introduction: Biobanks are a valuable resource for creating advancements in science through cutting-edge omics research. Twin research methods allow us to understand the degree to which genetics and environmental factors contribute to health outcomes. Methods: The Sri Lankan Twin Registry biobank (SLTR-b) was established in 2015 as part of Colombo Twin and Singleton Follow-up Study. Venous blood and urine were collected from twins and comparative sample of singletons for clinical investigations and biobanking. Results: The SLTR-b currently houses 3369 DNA and serum samples. Biobank specimens are linked to longitudinal questionnaire data, clinical investigations, anthropometric measurements, and other data. Discussion: The SLTR-b aims to address gaps in health and genetics research. It will provide opportunities for academic collaborations, local and international, and capacity building of future research leaders in twin and omics research. This paper provides a cohort profile of the SLTR-b and its linked data, and an overview of the strategies used for biobanking.

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