News Archive

Happy 100th birthday

01 August 2016

Fun, friendship and family are the keys to a long life, according to ATR members and identical twins, Mollie Woods and Trudy Hammond. And these twins should know as they’ve just celebrated their 100th birthdays.

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Next generation research

01 August 2016

Young early-career researcher, Shuai Li, believes twin research has a vital part to play in finding the cause of breast cancer.

Based at the University of Melbourne, Shuai is undertaking his PhD with the research team at the Australian Twins and Sisters Mammographic Study.

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Do twins run in your family?

01 August 2016

It has long been understood that inheritance is a factor in non-identical (DZ) twinning; however until recently researchers have been unsure exactly why.

The main factors involved in DZ twinning are believed to be ‘super-ovulation’ (the tendency to release multiple eggs during ovulation), maternal age and the role played by assisted reproductive technologies.

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Currently Recruiting Twin Studies

01 August 2016

The following studies are commencing around Australia. Please help research that benefits everyone at www.twins.org.au email twins-atr@unimelb.edu.au or freecall 1800-037-021.

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Share your research experience

31 July 2016

Identical twins Helen Bersten and Joan Rodd are one of 471 very special pairs who have so far participated in the Older Australian Twins Study (OATS). This study has provided researchers with substantial insight into the factors associated with brain ageing – and the links to the development of dementia, depression and cognitive decline.

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The Twins of Insight

01 April 2016

Twins hold much fascination for other twins and the general public alike, but not everyone is aware of what a valuable role they are playing in helping us understand more about health and disease. Tuesday the 15th and 22nd March 2015 saw the airing of a special two part series on SBS Insight, looking at what the latest research about twins can tell us about ourselves. Over 500,000 viewers tuned in, making it one of the most popular Insight programs to date.

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Low back pain hurts more than just your back

01 May 2015

Nearly 80 percent of the population have had, or will experience lower back pain, making it the most commonly suffered pain condition and the third most common long-term condition.

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Unlocking epilepsy

29 October 2014

Professors Sam Berkovic and Ingrid Scheffer have changed the way the world thinks about epilepsy.

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Twin research reveals our teachers are doing a better job

14 June 2014

It is often assumed that differences in teacher characteristics are the main source of variability in children’s educational achievements. Estimating and understanding teacher effects is important not only for gaining insight into individual student performance but for guiding investments in teacher training, career advancement and remuneration.

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New study reveals connection between fat taste and obesity

26 March 2014

Deakin University health researchers have found that people who do not taste fat in food are more likely to overeat, adding weight to the growing body of research that points to a connection between fat taste and obesity.

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Share in our best twin moments

02 January 2014

The ATR team extends to you and your family our best wishes for a safe and happy festive season, and we thank you for your contribution to an amazing year for the registry.

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Unmissable 2015 Australian Twins Plus Festival

02 January 2014

Experience the magic of joining thousands of other twins – and their families and friends – for an event like no other in Australia.

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Twin gifts especially for Christmas

02 January 2014

Identical and non-identical twins are urgently needed to join new health studies commencing around Australia. Please join in and help in research that benefits everyone at www.twins.org.au, email twins-atr@unimelb.edu.au or freecall 1800-037-021.

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ATR Christmas greetings 2013

25 December 2013

The ATR team extends to you and your family our best wishes for a safe and happy festive season, and we thank you for your contribution to an amazing year for the registry.

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Twin exploration into possible diabetes and dementia link

12 November 2013

ATR twins are helping researchers to investigate if there is a link between type 2 diabetes and risk of dementia in later life.

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New zygosity testing offer for ATR members

12 November 2013

We are frequently contacted by twins and parents who are keen to know if they/their children are identical or not. To assist our members, we have negotiated a special rate with DNA Solutions for a $20 discount on zygosity testing for all ATR members.

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Amazing diversity of twin studies

12 November 2013

Identical and non-identical twins are urgently needed to join new health studies commencing around Australia. Please join in and help in research that benefits everyone at www.twins.org.au or freecall 1800-037-021.

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Twin researcher Russell Keast: from chef to food scientist

12 November 2013

Twin researcher Russell Keast’s love of food led to a career as a chef and then a food scientist.

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The changing face of twin research

12 November 2013

The ATR is launching one of the biggest national initiatives in its 30-year history to streamline services to its key supporters – twin members and researchers.

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Getting by with the help of your friends

12 November 2013

The ATR could not get by without the wonderful support of its many friends!

Every day in little ways, and in big ways, friends of the ATR make our work possible.

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A royal introduction to Australian twin research

09 October 2013

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark toured twin studies in Sydney recently, marking her first official engagement in Australia as the ATR’s International Patron.

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New ATR patron generates world news

02 September 2013

ATR members shared in the excitement when Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark was recently announced as the new patron of the Australian Twin Registry and of the Danish Twin Registry.

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The princess and the platypus twins

02 September 2013

There could not have been a better representative from the ATR to meet our new patron, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, than our director, Professor John Hopper – a man who has dedicated the past 30 years of his life to twin research.

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Twins urgently needed for new studies

02 September 2013

Identical and non-identical twins are urgently needed to join new health studies commencing around Australia. Please join in and help in research that benefits everyone at www.twins.org.au or freecall 1800-037-021.

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Twins give food for thought

02 September 2013

ATR twins are helping researchers to unlock why some people crave fatty food more than others, and the link to weight gain and obesity.

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Things you should know about your membership

02 September 2013

Have you ever wondered how the ATR uses your membership information and results from your study participation? 

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Twin teenager angst put to a good cause

02 September 2013

The promise of a half-day off school and the jealousy of teenage friends led to this twin pair joining the ATR. Twenty-years-later, identical twins Silvana Kelly and Daniela Ahimastos are still as committed as ever to twin research.

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Doubley warm wishes for the festive season

07 December 2012

It has been an amazing year for the Australian Twin Registry.

None of our achievements would have been possible without the wonderful support of our twin members. We share some of our 2012 highlights with you.

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Twin union for ACTU president

07 December 2012

Ged Kearney is a mother of four (including twins), with an extended family of eight siblings, a company director and the ACTU President. How could she possibly fit yet another thing into her already hectic schedule!

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Twin study helps to explain fainting

07 December 2012

Fainting has complex causes involving genetic predisposition and environmental triggers, a new study of twins led by the University of Melbourne and Austin Health has shown.

The research found that identical twins were nearly twice as likely to both faint compared to non identical twins.

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Twin rhythm of the heartbeat

07 December 2012

Twins are needed to join landmark research into how our genes affect the rhythm of the heartbeat.

If you’re a twin aged between 18-35, don’t smoke and are not on regular medications, you can make a difference. Identical and non-identical twins living in Sydney, same sex and opposite sex twins, all can join in.

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Give the gift of your time

07 December 2012

Help us this Christmas to help others. By participating in twin studies, you can help researchers to further our understanding of factors in health and wellbeing. Learn more about our current studies urgently needing twins.

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We answer your top questions

07 December 2012

At the Australian Twin Registry, we love to receive feedback from our members. We frequently receive queries on a wide range of topics and we try our best to answer them all.

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Double celebration for Australian Twin Registry as it announces HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark as its patron

28 November 2012

We wanted to share some amazing breaking news with our members!

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has agreed to become the international patron of the Australian Twin Registry as well as the Danish Twin Registry.

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Australia's biggest twins festival ever!

01 August 2012

People can be forgiven for seeing double – or even triple – vision when attending the 2012 Twins Plus Festival.

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Cancer tests the close bonds of identical twin brothers

01 August 2012

Identical twin brothers, Craig and Brenton Gurney, were inseparable as little boys and have remained very close into their adult lives. But these close bonds are now being tested with one of the pair battling an extremely rare form of cancer.

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Twins help solve the puzzle of growing pains 2012

01 August 2012

Growing pains have long been the subject of speculation and research, and this condition of childhood continues to puzzle. The Pain Research Unit at Sydney Children`s Hospital is unravelling some of the mystery of this condition with the help of nearly 3000 ATR families.

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The best place for sharing twin news

01 August 2012

Six months after its launch, the ATR’s Facebook page is attracting daily new followers, with nearly 1400 to date.

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Vale Robert Balderstone

01 August 2012

We were saddened to hear of the recent passing at the age of 90 of a great friend of the Australian Twin Registry, Mr Robert ‘Bob’ Balderstone.

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Twins double effort to reduce risk of broken bones

01 August 2012

Do you know of twins or triplets aged from five to 18 years, of the same gender, where one takes anti-epileptic medicine and the other doesn’t, and they live in Victoria?

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Twins help solve the puzzle of growing pains

12 July 2012

Growing pains have long been the subject of speculation and research, and this condition of childhood continues to puzzle. The Pain Research Unit at Sydney Children's Hospital is unravelling some of the mystery of this condition with the help of nearly 3000 TRA families.

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Join our 30/30 campaign

01 December 2011

As we celebrate our 30th birthday, we salute all current and past members of the Australian Twin Registry. Without you, there would be no registry today.

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Our loyal members – we need you!

01 December 2011

Does this sound like you?

You are a current ATR member and know about the registry’s work. You like to give back to the community. You like to do things with your twin e.g. getting involved in ATR studies.

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Birthday wishes come true for a bright future

01 December 2011

Everyone likes to look the best for their birthday and the ATR is no different. For our 30th birthday we are excited to launch an update of our public face with a new logo, website design and Facebook page.

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Don’t miss Australia’s only national twin festival

01 December 2011

If you are a twin, or a family with twins, make your travel plans now to visit Melbourne for an event like no other in Australia.

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Can’t place the face? Maybe it’s your genes

01 December 2011

Nearly 240 identical and non-identical twins from the ATR participated in a global study that has found the ability to recognise faces is strongly genetic. If you find it difficult to put a name to a face, just blame it on your parents!

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Join our new studies

01 December 2011

Celebrity twins, Emily and Laura Sayers, who starred in Channel 9’s The Block are downing their renovation tools, joining a twin study, and encouraging other twins to do the same.

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