Why Join?

Why Join?

Joining the MSUTR allows you to contribute to efforts aimed at better understanding the origins of behavior, medical disorders, and psychological adjustment, with the ultimate goal of informing treatment and prevention efforts for a variety of psychological and medical conditions.  Please note, even if you (or your twins) do not have any of the conditions being studied, your participation in this research is still invaluable!  In order to help determine why some people develop certain conditions and others do not, it is essential to compare results from those with and without the conditions being studied.

In addition to the potential benefits to society from your participation, many people have found participation in our research to be both rewarding and fun.  In fact, many participants ask us about other opportunities to get involved.

Joining the MSUTR is easy.  The easiest way to join is to complete our brief questionnaire, the Michigan Twins Project, and send it in via mail or online.  To thank you for your time, we’ll send you a gift card.  However, if you would like to join the MSUTR but are not interested in completing the Michigan Twins Project survey, you may also participate in any one of our other studies (all of our studies offer compensation for the time involved) or simply send your name, age, and contact information, as well as the twins’ names and ages (if they are younger than 18) to msutr@msu.edu.  For more information, please see the Joining the MSUTR and Current Studies pages.

If you join and indicate you would be interested in learning about future opportunities to participate, we may send you information from time to time on other studies for which you/your family may be eligible.  However, there is absolutely no obligation to participate in any of these studies, you may participate or decline as you see fit.  You may also ask to be removed from the mailing list at any time, if you no longer wish to receive information about our studies.

If you are a twin or a parent of twin children, we hope you will consider joining the MSUTR.  Due to the unique characteristics twins share, your participation can have a meaningful impact on efforts to improve the health and well-being of us all.