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.Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
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?Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
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!Read more >