Dear friends and colleagues,
It is with honor that I welcome you to the "2nd World Congress on Twin Pregnancy - The biology,genetics, clinical challenges and uniqueness of twin gestations", which will be held in conjuction with the 14th Congress of the International Society of Twin Studies (ISTS) in the magnificient venue of Florence, Italy on April 1-4, 2012. The 2nd World Congress follows the first edition held in Venice, Italy, on April 16-18, 2009. Three years after the success of that first experience, and this time in a joint effort with our colleagues of the International Society of Twin Studies, we decided to propose a high profile programme, appealing to anyone interested in the field of research of multiple pregnancies, which comprises a broad spectrum of medical specialties interested to study twins as an evolutionary and epigenetic model and to understand the genesis of many pathologies, specially neurological and oncological.
The programme prepared in agreement with the International and National Scientific Committees and our colleagues of the International Society of Twin Studies, aims to offer a comprehensive view of all these aspects, in a multidisciplinary approach. As you might notice, topics are particularly challenging and the International Faculty is represented by world-wide known experts in the field. A scientific programme of this level could not find a better venue to be held in than the cradle of Humanistic culture: Florence, where besides the exchange of scientific knowledge, participants will be guided in a cultural tour of key historical places and will enjoy social activities which only Florence can offer.
I am delighted that you will take part to this important event, to exchange knowledge, meet experts in the field, and share with friends a unforgettable experience in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
WIth best personal regards,
Gian Carlo Di Renzo
Co-Chairman of the Congress
Welcome to our 14th International Congress on Twin Studies which this year takes place in the beautiful city of Florence.
It has been a pleasure to help organize a joint meeting with our clinical colleagues aiming to provide a global forum to facilitate research and collaborative work through the Twin Research community.
Feedback from past meetings, encourages us to continue providing a forum FOR ANYONE with a multidisciplinary interest in twin pregnancy and multiple births .The program this year will focus on the latest developments in epidemiology, pre and peri-natal factors, genetics and linking many of these topics the new area of epigenetics –covering a wide range of normal traits and diseases.
We have an excellent program with prestigious international speakers looking forward to share their latest research. We look forward to welcoming you at the meeting and hope that it continues to be an un-missable biannual date in your scientific Twin calendar.
Tim Spector President ISTS ACCEPTED ABSTRACTS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR TWIN STUDIES: www.ists.qimr.edu.au