Journal article

Epigenetic Influences on Neurodevelopment at 11 Years of Age: Protocol for the Longitudinal Peri/Postnatal Epigenetic Twins Study at 11 Years of Age (PETS@11)

Pamela Leong, Yuk Jing Loke, Richard Saffery, Tim Silk, Alice Burnett, Elisha Josev, Katrina Scurrah, Christiane Theda, Anna Czajko, Emmanuel PK Pua, Marc L Seal, Jeffrey M Craig

Twin Research and Human Genetics | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2019

Abstract

Neurodevelopment is sensitive to genetic and pre/postnatal environmental influences. These effects are likely mediated by epigenetic factors, yet current knowledge is limited. Longitudinal twin studies can delineate the link between genetic and environmental factors, epigenetic state at birth and neurodevelopment later in childhood. Building upon our study of the Peri/postnatal Epigenetic Twin Study (PETS) from gestation to 6 years of age, here we describe the PETS 11-year follow-up in which we will use neuroimaging and cognitive testing to examine the relationship between early-life environment, epigenetics and neurocognitive outcomes in mid-childhood. Using a within-pair twin model, the pr..

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