Snapshot of 2022 studies

Latest news - 29-11-2022
Thanks to all of our TRA members who participated in studies in 2022! Like to know more about how they are progressing? Find out below….. ... Read more >

New TV show casting call

Latest news - 06-07-2022
A TV production company is producing an exciting, new network show and they are inviting twins of all ages to take part. The show is offering twins a chance to tell their unique and interesting s... Read more >

Princess Mary thanks Australian twins and researchers

Latest news - 16-12-2021
Twins Research Australia celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2021. TRA's International Patron, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, recorded this special message for the occasion. ... Read more >

TwinsFest photo competition, raffle and silent auction winners

Latest news - 19-11-2021
Congratulations to winners of the University of Melbourne - Twins Research Australia's photo competition, raffle and silent auction for TwinsFest Australia 2021. ... Read more >

Join in TwinsFest Australia!

Latest news - 04-11-2021
The first-ever Virtual TwinsFest Australia is happening 7.30pm-9.00pm Thursday 18 November 2021. Enjoy a memorable evening of fun, entertainment and inspiration live-streamed into your home. ... Read more >

New discoveries into the origins of identical twins

Latest news - 30-09-2021
An international group of researchers has made ground-breaking discoveries into the origins of identical twins. ... Read more >

Identical twins aged 107 confirmed as world's oldest

Latest news - 22-09-2021
Japanese sisters aged 107 are confirmed as the world's oldest identical twins. ... Read more >

TRA Director and Researcher release Twin and Family Studies of Epigenetics book

Latest news - 02-09-2021
Congratulations to TRA Director Prof John Hopper and TRA researcher Dr Shuai Li who have edited a new volume in the Translational Epigenetics series: Twin and Family Studies of Epigenetics. ... Read more >

What can epigenetics tell us about twin development?

Latest news - 20-04-2021
As you would expect, 11-year-old identical twins, Marcos and Gabriel have a great deal in common. They love playing outside, riding on their bikes and playing board games. ... Read more >

Discoveries revealed over 20 years of children's literacy and numeracy research

Latest news - 03-04-2021
Twin researchers, Professor Brian Byrne and Dr Will Coventry, explain what 20 years of studying children's literacy and numeracy - thanks to over 3000 volunteers twins, triplets and their families - h... Read more >

Identical twins aren't 100% genetically identical after all, study finds

Latest news - 14-01-2021
Identical twins form from the same egg and get the same genetic material from their parents — but that doesn't mean they're genetically identical by the time they're born. ... Read more >

New mammogram measures of breast cancer risk could revolutionise screening

Latest news - 13-01-2021
TRA researchers and twin members have contributed to landmark research into world-first techniques for predicting breast cancer risk from mammograms. These could revolutionise breast screening by allo... Read more >

TRA researcher recognised in Victorian Premier’s Awards

Latest news - 20-12-2020
Congratulations to TRA researcher Dr Shuai Li who was announced as a finalist in the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research. ... Read more >

Resilience, wellbeing and our genes

Blog - 23-11-2020
A new paper - a collaboration between Neuroscience Research Australia, University of New South Wales and Stanford University - explores what measures are most useful and effective for research into th... Read more >

Twin study shows pandemic impact on families

Latest news - 04-11-2020
TRA's first Parents of Junior Twins/HOMs COVID-19 Survey  shows that juggling remote learning and work commitments has been a particular challenge for many Australian families during the pandemic... Read more >

Twins share breast cancer journey for new study

Latest news - 30-09-2020
Melbourne identical twins Raie Moss and Judy Kohn are sharing their breast cancer journey to encourage other twins to join a major new Australian study aiming to identify factors in early life that ma... Read more >

Twin researcher recognised for pain research

Latest news - 18-07-2020
Eminent twin researcher, Associate Professor David Champion, has received the 2020 Australian Pain Society’s Distinguished Member Award for his outstanding contribution to better understanding of di... Read more >

Caesarean twin births triple over past 30 years

Blog - 18-07-2020
The proportion of twins born by caesarean delivery increased three-fold in Victoria between 1983-2015 – and this trend is mirrored around Australia and overseas, according to a new study. ... Read more >

COVID-19 findings: Strong close relationships are vital

Latest news - 10-07-2020
A new study of twins and triplets shows how our close social relationships are vital in how we cope with the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more >

Double boost to Australia’s influenza tracking efforts

Latest news - 05-06-2020
Tracking the spread of influenza in Australia is about to receive a double boost. ... Read more >

Study shows how our experiences shape who we trust

Latest news - 21-05-2020
A study by researchers at University of Western Australia and University of Aberdeen in Scotland has examined the basis of trust and what makes some of us trust more readily than others. ... Read more >

Twins Plus TRACKERR Covid-19 study

Latest news - 08-04-2020
Researchers are mobilising twins and higher order multiples across Australia to join a world-first study to rapidly measure the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Australians and their families. ... Read more >

Twins Research Australia: Statement on Coronavirus

Latest news - 25-03-2020
Dear TRA members, partners and supporters As a member of the TRA community, we wanted to keep you updated about how we are responding to the fast-evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. ... Read more >

Twins help us to understand factors in resilience

Blog - 16-03-2020
The researchers and twins may be 10-years-older but are excited to be joining forces again for the second phase of a landmark study to better understand the factors in resilience. Researcher Justine G... Read more >

More flexible parental leave to benefit multiple-birth families

Latest news - 06-03-2020
Twins Research Australia welcomes the Federal Government's move to improve flexibility of parental leave arrangements.  ... Read more >

Identical twins with ASD may suffer varying symptoms

Latest news - 06-03-2020
Identical twins with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may experience large differences in symptom severity even though they share the same genes, according to a new study. ... Read more >

Caesarean twin births triple over the last 30 years

Latest news - 06-03-2020
The proportion of twins born by caesarean delivery in Victoria increased threefold, from 24% to 71% of all twin births, during 1983–2015, despite high-level evidence that routine caesarean delivery ... Read more >

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Workshop - Better health for families of multiples

Latest news - 05-12-2019
TRA hosted an inaugural workshop recently focusing on developing national priorities and next steps to improve health outcomes for multiple-birth babies and their families. Over 30 participants attend... Read more >

Perth mum to give birth to twins each in a separate womb

Blog - 23-10-2019
Perth mum, Alicia Cant, is expecting twins through a very rare type of twin pregnancy. She has a condition called uterus didelphys, or double uterus, and is pregnant with one twin to each uterus - due... Read more >

Top 10 research priorities for multiple-birth families

Latest news - 10-10-2019
Multiple-birth experts from around the world have identified where urgent research is needed to improve health outcomes for twins, triplets and higher-order multiples. ... Read more >

SBS-TV insight: the challenges of parenting quads and quins

Latest news - 06-08-2019
They're often heralded as 'miracle babies' that get heaped with attention and adoration - but what is parenting quadruplets and quintuplets really like. SBS-TV's Insight program investigates. ... Read more >

Owning a dog is influenced by our genetic makeup

Latest news - 05-08-2019
A novel study involving twins has found choosing to own a dog is heavily influenced by our genetic makeup. ... Read more >

Support needed for multiple-birth families to improve outcomes

Latest news - 26-05-2019
Having multiple-birth babies can be a time of wonder and excitement. But according to a first-ever international collaborative report released today, these babies and their families can also face seri... Read more >

Identical genes, unique environments: why identical twins can differ in their school progress

Blog - 05-05-2019
Submitted by Professor Brian Byrne, School of Psychology, The University of New Engalnd Are your identical twins quite different when it comes to their progress in reading, writing, and numeracy at s... Read more >

Twins helping to understand restless legs syndrome

Blog - 04-05-2019
Submitted by Associate Professor David Champion, Sydney Children's Hospital This major twins’ study is seeking to better understand the causes of restless legs syndrome and a similar condition, chi... Read more >

Your genetic makeup has little impact on your dental health

Latest news - 02-05-2019
A new twin study has found genetic makeup does not predispose people to tooth decay, however the research did find that children with overweight mothers are more likely to have cavities. ... Read more >

Twin study probes if nature or nurture makes us sick

Latest news - 11-04-2019
Data from a private insurance company has given scientists a new way to study whether nature or nurture matters more when it comes to staying healthy in the face of disease. Though the answer isn’t ... Read more >

Future of scientific discovery shines bright thanks to twins

Latest news - 20-12-2018
The future of scientific discovery looks bright with a first-ever global survey finding twins and their families world-wide suppport the fundamental role they play in research. ... Read more >

TRA's 2018 studies by the numbers

Latest news - 03-12-2018
Our 2018 studies by the numbers - this infographic shows the impact of one of TRA's busiest years for research studies.  ... Read more >

Australian twins feature in global campaign

Latest news - 27-11-2018
Two Australian multiple-birth families share their very different experiences for this year’s International Multiple Birth Awareness Week and its theme: research with multiples benefits everyone. ... Read more >

Twins, especially male identical twins, live longer

Latest news - 26-11-2018
Twins not only have a bestie from birth — they also live longer than singletons. And those two factors may be related, according to University of Washington research. ... Read more >

The benefits of multiples in research

Blog - 23-11-2018
Submitted by Associate Professor Jeff Craig, Deputy Director, Twins Research Australia, and President of the International Society of Twin Studies Research with multiples has provided unparalleled i... Read more >

Twins at school: together or separate?

Blog - 21-11-2018
Submitted by Professor Brian Byrne, School of Psychology, The University of New England Multiple-birth parents say it is one of most difficult decisions that they face: whether to separate or keep th... Read more >

We are Twins Research Australia: Insights into twin lives

Blog - 16-11-2018
Submitted by Lynette Walker, Marketing Communications Coordinator, Twins Research Australia, The University of Melbourne What is it like to be a twin or twin parent? In these 17 different short stori... Read more >

Have your say on the future of twin research

Latest news - 17-10-2018
What are the top health research priorities for twins & multiples? Are you a twin, higher-number multiple, parent, or health professional supporting multiple-birth families? A new global research... Read more >

Twin ambitions

Latest news - 10-09-2018
Melbourne's Herald Sun reports on a $1 million world-first study that will scan the brains of 300 fraternal twins - now aged 11 and who have been followed since they were in the womb - with the aim of... Read more >

Can you judge a book by its cover: twins needed for study

Latest news - 04-09-2018
Researchers at The University of Western Australia are recruiting twins for a study to determine whether genetics play a part in trusting someone based on first impressions. ... Read more >

Myths and realities: Twin children’s language and social development

Blog - 09-08-2018
Submitted by Professor Karen Thorpe, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland Professor Karen Thorpe dissects the myths and realities of twin children’s lives …. Are tw... Read more >

Twin, family and public events

Events and training - 17-04-2018
We hold social events, educational forums and media events from time to time to which twins and their families are invited to attend. Currently there are no scheduled events but be alerted to future e... Read more >

What you eat, not your genes, determines sensitivity to fat

Latest news - 15-04-2018
A taste for fat is not driven by genetics, rather it’s all down to diet, a new Deakin University study of Australian twins has found. ... Read more >

The psychology of raising twins and multiples

Blog - 15-04-2018
Submitted by Dr Katie Wood, a Senior Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist at Swinburne University of Technology who specialises in twin and family relationships My interest in twins has spanned my whol... Read more >

World first study tunes in on singing twins

Latest news - 11-04-2018
Are golden tonsils born or made? A major international twin study hopes to investigate the relative roles of genetic and environmental influences on singing ability. ... Read more >

The fascinating and diverse world of twin pregnancy

Blog - 07-03-2018
Submitted by Associate Professor Jeff Craig, Deputy Director of Twins Research Australia. From Apollo and Artemis to Beyoncé’s twins Rumi and Sir Carter, we have always been fascinated by twins. B... Read more >

Become a citizen researcher into Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome

Latest news - 07-03-2018
A new global research collaboration is seeking to improve outcomes for the twin pregnancy condition, Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome. This research is open to Australian parents and carers with experie... Read more >

Meet the power couple of back pain research

Latest news - 01-02-2018
Drugs may not work for back pain but video games might, say experts Paulo and Manuela Ferreira. The couple are former physiotherapists and now University of Sydney back pain researchers. ... Read more >

Researcher training and events

Events and training - 25-11-2016
TRA regularly offers workshops, conferences and resources for researchers to build their expertise in twin research methods and to encourage collaborations. Register at to be advised... Read more >

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