Twins Research Australia is administered through the University of Melbourne and managed by a Director, Professor John Hopper and a Deputy Director, Dr Jeff Craig.
TRA is guided by an independent Advisory Board, instituted in 2005, and chaired by one of our TRA twin members, and functions under an agreed charter. The board consists of at least six, and no more than ten, independent members. The main objectives of the board are to:
- bring a wide range of skills and expertise to TRA to enhance its ability to facilitate and support medical and scientific studies that involve the participation of twins and/or their relatives;
- protect and balance the interests of all stakeholders; and
- ensure that all Australian researchers have fair and equitable access to the facilities.
Learn more about our current Advisory Board members.
Expert Reference Group
The Expert Reference Group consists of at least ten, and no more than twenty, members, including the Director and Deputy Directors of the Registry.
The main objectives of the group are to:
- bring a wide range of research, clinical, scientific, and other skills and expertise to TRA to enhance its ability to facilitate and support current and future medical and scientific studies that involve the participation of twins and/or their relatives;
- promote use of the facilities of TRA by Australian researchers;
- promote the registration of volunteers with TRA;
- promote the use of the special characteristics of twins in medical and scientific studies;
- promote an informal network of Australian researchers interested in the use of the characteristics of twins in medical and scientific studies;
- provide mentoring to, and assist in the education and training of, Australian researchers wishing to use the special characteristics of twins in their medical and scientific studies; and
- review the applications of researchers, and provide recommendations to TRA, regarding use of the facilities.