Join a current study

Are you a twin or triplet? A very precious gift that only you can give is the donation of your time to a twin study. By participating in twin studies, you'll be helping researchers to better understand what contributes to our health and happiness.

Below are our latest studies seeking twins and triplets. You'll find there are many ways to get involved - and often it is as simple as completing a questionnaire but this can be invaluable to research.

If you are interested in any, please click on the individual study link. We'll get back to you with further details. If you'd like to be alerted when a new study begins, please contact us. TRA and our researchers appreciate your time and interest.

Children of Twins Study

This project aims to explore the impact of parental mental health on child mental health outcomes. Twins Research Australia members and their biological children will be invited to participate in this... Read more >

Autism study (juniors)

Commencing recruitment shortly; we welcome expressions of interest. Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are a group of developmental health conditions in which children experience difficulties with socia... Read more >

TANDEM study (juniors)

This project is investigating how temperament develops over time, with a particular focus on the period of late childhood through to mid-adolescence. It aims to investigate temperament by looking at w... Read more >

Older Australian twins study: amyloid imaging (adults)

A known predictor in brain ageing is 'plaques' which contain the amyloid protein. It is not known however what causes these plaques or who is at risk of developing them. This study aims to take brain... Read more >

Breast cancer (adults)

This project aims to understand better the roles of childhood, adolescence and epigenetics in the risk of breast cancer. Epigenetics refers to changes in the way genes operate due to environmental cha... Read more >

Atrial Fibrillation (all ages)

It is believed that inherited heart defects can predispose sufferers to AF but what genes are involved and the way in which changes in these genes can lead to AF are not well understood. The researche... Read more >

Menopause and bone health (adults)

The purpose of the study is to understand how bone structure changes during menopause and how hormonal factors contribute to bone loss and bone fragility. What is involved? A short questionnaire ove... Read more >

Diabetes and memory (adults)

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is associated with a two-fold increased risk of dementia. The reasons for this are unclear and require investigation. This study aims to examine glucose use in the brai... Read more >

Genetics of epilepsy (all ages)

This research study is investigating the role of epigenetics in epilepsy. Although our genes are very important in making us who we are, they are only a part of the picture - as our genes are influenc... Read more >

Epilepsy (all ages)

Epilepsy affects at least 5% of the population at some time in their lives. In many twin pairs, both have experienced a seizure, while in others, only one may have suffered an episode. By studying tw... Read more >

Epilepsy and bone health (juniors)

Previous studies with adults have shown that people taking anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) are possibly at risk of lower bone mineral density (BMD). This increases their risk of broken bones with a simple... Read more >

A twin study of the Naplan (juniors)

In this study the researchers are using the results of twins, other multiples, and siblings to help identify the genetic and environmental factors that influence how well a child performs in these tes... Read more >

Genetics of speech disorders (juniors)

In an exciting new development, researchers from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and the University of Melbourne have identified a single gene specific to speech and language di... Read more >

Sleep trial study; low back pain (adults)

This project will investigate the value of a sleep quality program in people with low back pain and insomnia. What is involved? An initial screening questionnaire to assess eligibility. Eligible par... Read more >

Health and Lifestyle Questionnaire (all ages)

The Health and Lifestyle Questionnaire will be used to help research. It is a questionnaire developed for TRA members and asks about a range of topics including members’ background, health ... Read more >

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