We would like to invite you to the official launch of the Twins Research Node (TRN) at the Charles Perkins Centre in Sydney on Friday 30 October 2015. The launch will highlight some of Australia’s leading twin research studies with short presentations by top twin researchers and a panel of twins discussing their experiences with research.

The first of its kind in Australia, the TRN is a multidisciplinary collaboration between the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney and the Australian Twin Registry. Our aim is to encourage the growth and development of twin research within the NSW research community, facilitate new collaborations, and generate new research to address major health challenges worldwide. 

It is a rare opportunity for us to come together and share a significant twin research milestone.

Guest speakers include ATR Director, Professor John Hopper, and Danish researcher, Professor Jan Hartvigsen, an expert on spinal and musculoskeletal pain. Other topics include ageing and dementia, the neuroscience of resilience and wellbeing, and how twin studies are helping back pain and our understanding of epigenetics. 

You can download the twin seminar program here.

The event is free and includes a light lunch. Ticket numbers are limited, so please register at this link. Map details can be found here

We look forward to the opportunity to meet you and share this special day.



When:10am-12.30pm Friday, 30 October 2015
(followed by lunch)

Where:Level 6, Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney

Cost: Free

Bookings essential:    

Tickets available here

Further information:     

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Please note that due to safety requirements, children are not permitted in the venue



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2014 Conference #twins14

The first of its kind held in Australia, this conference will bring top international and national twin researchers together with the twin community to consider current child health issues. We will highlight the utility of twin research at the most formative time during development - from conception to adolescence. The conference will be highly relevant to all those working in the fields of fetal, child and adolescent health.

An open forum between researchers and twins will be held in the afternoon to discuss the needs and aspirations of both groups. A diverse range of child health topics will be covered to demonstrate the many uses of twin research. Twins and their families can learn more about how to register for the afternoon session here.

Twin Research

Twins enable powerful studies of how genetic and environmental factors affect the health and disease of the whole population. Research involving twins has led to major advances across a broad range of disciplines and is becoming even more important with the advent of the new ‘omics’ technologies.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Nancy Segal

Internationally renowned author and twin research expert. Read Professor Nancy Segal’s bio here.

Recommended for:

Twin researchers, researchers not currently working with twins, students, clinicians, twins and their families. 

The RANZCOG has approved this meeting to be included in Continuing Professional Development (CPD). A full days attendance is 8 CPD. To receive a certificate of attendance for use in the claiming of CPD points, delegates need to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The certificates will be sent shortly after the Conference to delegates' indicated email addresses. 


We welcome the opportunity to discuss our sponsorship options. Please email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Any queries can be directed to the conference coordinator Shaie O'Brien on 03 8344 0643 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Conference committee:

A/Prof. Jeff Craig (Murdoch Children's Research Institute and Deputy Director Australian Twin Registry).

Prof. John Hopper (Director Australian Twin Registry).

A/Prof. Mark Umstad (The Royal Women's Hospital).

Dr. Marc Seal (Murdoch Children's Research Institute and University of Melbourne).




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The Australian Twin Registry recently hosted a forum presented by Professor Tim Spector, discussing new ways of understanding environmental and genetic influences on complex traits and diseases. Professor Spector’s presentation examined the role of gene expression and plasticity, and how this might be utilized for the improvement of health outcomes world-wide.

A Q&A panel mediated by Professor John Hopper AM (Director of the Australian Twin Registry) and featuring Dr Jeff Craig (Murdoch Childrens Research Institute) and Professor Spector explored the value and changing shape of twin research for health and how twins can help answer your research questions.

This was a unique opportunity to update your knowledge and engage in the conversation about the evolution of epigenetics.

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International Network of Twin Registers

International collaboration between twin registries is making progress into research on rarer conditions, such as multiple sclerosis. The challenge is to find sufficient numbers of twin pairs, in which one or both have the disease, to enable meaningful studies.

No one twin registry can do this alone, so a new initiative instigated by the ATR is bringing the global twin research community together to develop an International Network of Twin Research. This will help researchers better understand how different environments across countries, and different genes across races, can impact on diseases.

The first meeting of the INTR (International Network of Twin Registers) was held in March of last year in Melbourne. All representatives from twin registries around the world are invited to the 2nd meeting of the INTR, to be held from 31st May to 1st June 2013 at the Seoul National University, Korea. The INTR is a working group under the ISTS (International Society for Twin Studies) and the meeting in Seoul will continue the initiative to develop harmonization activities to foster active international collaborations between twin registries.