Despite the changes, our vital work Australia-wide to find cures faster through twin research has remained the same.
Formed in 1981, our institute was originally called the Australian NHMRC Twin Registry in recognition of its funding by the National Health and Medical Research Council. Our name evolved to the Australian Twin Registry in 1999 then to Twins Research Australia in 2017. Our logo has changed too – see below.
Why the change of name? We have grown to become much more than a twin research register. We are now a driving force in conducting our own innovative studies and educating medical researchers Australia-wide about the power of twin research.
We are also taking an increasing role in advocating for the twin community. Our research includes studies into the unique health concerns of twins and their families. We also develop evidence-based educational resources to support them in living happy and healthy lives.
Our name today reflects the increasing diversity and depth of our work, and distinguishes our unique contribution to Australian medical research.
Our proud heritage continues to shine through in our logo – our blue and yellow 'signature' colours of over 40 years. The 'entwined' twins form a heart, representing health; the twin bond that makes our research possible; and the diversity of our twin members. They are all ages, gender, races, identical and non-identical.