Complex Genetics

Genetic and Life-course Epidemiology

This interdisciplinary team has state-of-the art expertise combining both complex genetics and life-style epidemiology. It specialises in twin research disentangling nature and nurture, performing systematic reviews to summarise the ‘level of evidence’ of specific research fields and to translate these findings to market via Sport Potential and Health Potential.

Ongoing research projects

  • A world consortium of 67 studies on telomere length versus health (TELOMAAS)
  • Live a longer, healthier and happier life (Health Potential)
  • Fit4Life (Sport Potential)
  • East Flanders Prospective Twin Cohort Study (EFPTS)
  • Birmingham Twin and Heritability Study (BIRTHS)
  • TAMBA Heritability Study (TAMBAHS)
  • On the origin of healthy food consumption and physical activity: a consortium of international twin studies (FOODTWINS)

Team leader

To be announced

Last 5 publications

  1. Christou AI, Endo S, Wallis Y, Bair H, Zeegers MP, McCleery JP. Variation in serotonin transporter linked polymorphic region (5-HTTLPR) short/long genotype modulates resting frontal electroencephalography asymmetries in children. Dev Psychopathol 2016; 28(1): 239-50
  2. Bijnens EM, Derom C, Gielen M, et al. Small for gestational age and exposure to particulate air pollution in the early-life environment of twins. Environ Res 2016; 148: 39-45
  3. Kitchen MO, Bryan RT, et al. Quantitative genome-wide methylation analysis of high-grade non-muscle invasive bladder cancer. Epigenetics. 2016; 11(3):237-46
  4. Togneri FS, Ward DG, et al. Genomic complexity of urothelial bladder cancer revealed in urinary cfDNA. Eur J Hum Genet. 2016; 24(8):1167-74
  5. Christou AI, Wallis Y, Bair H, et al. BDNF Val(66)Met and 5-HTTLPR Genotype are Each Associated with Visual Scanning Patterns of Faces in Young Children. Front Behav Neurosci 2015; 9: 175