The Hungarian Twin Registry

Twin Res Hum Genet. 2013 Feb;16(1):185-9. doi: 10.1017/thg.2012.76. Epub 2012 Oct 19.


The first Hungarian Twin Registry was established in Budapest in 1970 through the mandatory reporting of multiple-births. In the 1980s a second, volunteer adult registry was also founded. Unfortunately, both registries ceased to exist in the 1990s. Efforts started in 2006 to revive a Hungarian twin registry. The team spearheading this effort reports here on this progress. Currently, the voluntary Hungarian Twin Registry consists of 310 adult twin pairs and multiplets. Current research focuses on cardiovascular and respiratory health and yielded multiple awards and publications. Efforts are on the way to expand into social, psychological, and obesity studies.

Publication types

  • Twin Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cohort Studies
  • Diseases in Twins / epidemiology
  • Diseases in Twins / genetics*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hungary / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Registries*
  • Twins / genetics*