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Twins Research Australia

Based at The University of Melbourne, Twins Research Australia (TRA) brings twins and researchers together Australia-wide for vital health research that benefits everyone. Twins and their families are at the heart of all their work.

Twins are special to research as they help us to tease apart the effects of nature (genetics) and nurture (environment) on our health. TRA studies look at medical conditions such as cancer and diabetes that can affect anyone as well as studies of specific concern to multiple-birth families such as premature birth, and twin social and educational development.

As well as undertaking research, TRA support twins to live happy and healthy lives. At Twins Research Australia you’ll find:

  • findings from the latest twin health studies
  • information about new twin studies commencing around Australia, and you are welcome to join in
  • access to practical and evidence-based free resources such as the Twin Pregnancy and Early Parenting Booklet
  • access to discounted zygosity (DNA) testing to know if your twins are identical or not – the link below explains why this is important
  • invites to special twin events like festivals, forums and workshops
  • social support and connection through our social media forums.

TRA services are open to all researchers and supported by their members – over 35,000 twin pairs, identical and non-identical, of all ages, who volunteer for research. Learn more about joining here as membership is free.

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Last reviewed: March 2017

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