International Society for Twin Studies

International Society for Twin Studies
Formation 1974 (1974)
Founder Luigi Gedda
Founded at Rome, Italy
Secretary General
Gonneke Willemsen
Jennifer Harris
Past President
Tim Spector
Nicholas Martin

The International Society for Twin Studies (ISTS) is an international, nonpolitical, nonprofit, multidisciplinary scientific organization.[1] The aim of the society is to advance research and knowledge in all fields of science related to twins and/or twin studies, for the benefit of both twins and their families as well as worldwide scientific communities.[2]

International Congress on Twin Studies

The International Congress on Twin Studies (ICTS) is a tri-ennial conference organised by the ISTS. Past locations include Budapest, Florence, Seoul, Ghent, Odense, London and others.[3]


Twin Research and Human Genetics is the official journal of the International Society for Twin Studies.[4]

James Shields Award

The James Shields Award for Lifetime Contributions to Twin Research is an award created in 1980 in honor of James Shields, a pioneering researcher in human behavior genetics.[5] No award was given out between 1986 and 2001. Winners usually receive the award at the International Congress on Twin Studies or at the annual meeting of the Behavior Genetics Association. Past winners include Lindon Eaves, Peter Propping, Nick Martin, Dorret Boomsma, Nancy Segal, Matt McGue, Robert Plomin, John K. Hewitt and others.[6]


  1. "International Society for Twin Studies". Acta geneticae medicae et gemellologiae: twin research. 32 (1): 91–95. 1983. doi:10.1017/S0001566000008187. ISSN 0001-5660.
  2. "International Society for Twin Studies". Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  3. "International Society for Twin Studies: Past Events". Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  4. "International Society for Twin Studies: Journal". Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  5. Gottesman, Irving I. (2001). "Redux: The James Shields Memorial Award for Twin Research". Twin Research. 4 (06): 484–485. doi:10.1375/twin.4.6.484. ISSN 1369-0523.
  6. "International Society for Twin Studies: Award winners". Retrieved October 25, 2015.

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