Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark joined Twins Research Australia as our International Patron in January 2013. She undertook her first official engagement in Australia as our Patron when she toured twin research studies at the Sydney Children’s Hospital later that year.
“I am proud to be the international patron of Twins Research Australia and the Danish Twin Registry, long established pioneers in twin medical research and world authorities in the field. Twins are special, as I now know as the mother of Vincent and Josephine. What is perhaps less well-known is the special contribution twins of all ages have made to medical and health research through the Australian, Danish and other twin registries across the world. Twin registries bring twins and researchers together to undertake vital research that is of benefit to everyone. Twin research has contributed to breakthroughs in the understanding of human development and ageing including many serious illnesses such as psychiatric diseases, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and birth defects. As a parent of twins, I look forward to contributing to awareness of the unique role that twins and their families can play in health research, and to encouraging other families with twins to support this important work.“