The art and science of twins.

Meeting report in full

A joint meeting of the Section of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Forum on Maternity and the Newborn of the Royal Society of Medicine, Tuesday 20th March 2007.

Chair, morning session: Professor Lewis Spitz, President of the Section of Paediatrics & Child Health, RSM
Chair, afternoon session: Dr. Luke Zander, retired General Practitioner and teacher and founder of the Forum

SECTION 1 OF REPORT:

Twin registries and their value.
Dr Catherine Derom, Department of Human Genetics, Leuven

The fascination of twins.
Dr Lynn Cherkas, Twin Research Unit, King's College London, St Thomas' Hospital Campus

The importance of twin studies in research.
Caroline Edmonds (CE), Research Fellow, MRC Childhood Nutrition Research Centre, Institute of Child Health

SECTION 2 OF REPORT:

The work of the Multiple Births Foundation
Mrs Jane Denton, Director, The Multiple Births Foundation, Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea Hospital, London

Iatrogenic multiple pregnancy and its consequences.
Dr Alastair G Sutcliffe, Senior lecturer in child health, Institute of Child Health, University CollegeL, London

Bringing up twins - A parent's view.
Ms Clare Rees, Specialist registrar (Paediatric Surgery), formerly research fellow, Institute of Child Health, London

SECTION 3 OF REPORT:

Managing twin pregnancies.
Professor Kypros Nicolaides, Professor of fetal medicine, The Harris Birthright Centre for Fetal Medicine, King's College Hospital, London

Neuro-developmental outcomes in twins.
Professor Richard Cooke, Liverpool Women's Hospital

The death of a twin.
Ms Barbara Read, NNU Counsellor, Neonatal Unit St George's Hospital, London

NOT IN REPORT:

Separating conjoined twins.
Professor Lewis Spitz, President of the Section of Paediatrics & Child Health, RSM