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Issue 25, December 2019

In this edition:

Best wishes for the festive season and 2020

Best wishes to our members and supporters for a happy and festive holiday season. Nearly 2000 families and over 4000 individuals participated in our research studies in 2019 – and we thank you most sincerely.  Our Christmas infographic shares other study highlights from the year including a sneak peek at what’s coming in 2020. 

If your contact details have changed, please update here to ensure you receive invites to relevant upcoming studies. A special call-out for twins aged 18-25 – we have new studies open to you in 2020. Or if you are a parent or friend of twins in this age group, please let them know to register here or check we have their latest contact details

Top 10 global research priorities for multiple-birth families

You may recall not long ago we asked our supporters what questions they most wanted answered by researchers. We, along with our global partners, received an astounding 2891 questions from 31 countries! We then undertook a rigorous process to narrow these down to the top 10 priorities/questions. Find out what they are, how we arrived at them, and next steps here

Inaugural workshop advocates for multiple-birth families

TRA recently hosted an inaugural workshop focusing on developing national priorities and next steps to improve health outcomes for multiple-birth babies and their families. Over 30 participants attended and affirmed their commitment to working together to elevate awareness and action in several high-priority areas. Learn more about who is involved and what the aims are here

Twins to be born in separate wombs

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 in each uterus – due in early 2020. The likelihood of this type of twin pregnancy is one in 50 million. She explains the condition, what it means for her twin pregnancy and how her babies will be born here

Don’t blame the teacher: more to student results

A major Australian-led study of over 4500 twin pairs suggests teachers have less to do with why kids differ in their school progress than previously thought.  Learn more here

Prestigious award for twin research leader 

Congratulations to TRA Director, Prof John Hopper, who has received one of La Trobe University's highest honours. In this video, he explains what has most inspired him in his career: "The most important thing about our research is: can it, does it, will it make a difference? Are we saving lives?" View here

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