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Researcher eNews, Spring 2018

In this edition:

Future grant applications 

Have you thought about including the twin design in your next grant applications?

Twin and family studies provide an extra level of evidence about the complex interactions between the genome and the environment by minimising the variation and amplifying the focus on the disease and exposures, in the most cost effective way. Twins Research Australia would like to assist researchers in exploring ways in which different twin designs could enhance their next grant application.  If you are planning to submit a grant and would like to discuss further with us please contact Kate Murphy (

Research career opportunities

1. New twin research project seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow/Experienced Research Assistant

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow or experienced Research Assistant to work on a longitudinal project focusing on identifying neuroscience predictors of resilience in twins led by Dr Justine Gatt. For more information click here. Applications close 28th September 2018.

2.  Unique position as Assistant Professor in Human Health and Lifespan at D-IAS

The Danish Institute for Advanced Study (D-IAS), University of Southern Denmark (SDU), seeks outstanding candidates to fill a position at Assistant Professor level. We are looking for candidates who have strong ambitions about making a difference and who have a good research idea. The research idea can be your own, or it can be inspired by others, but it is important for us that it has perspective to break new ground and improve the understanding of Human Health and Lifespan. See the full job advertisement, from which applications must be sent online here.  Applications close 4th November, 2018.

3.  Two postdocs in multi-disciplinary aging research (epidemiology and general practice)

The University of Southern Denmark invites applications for two positions as postdocs affiliated with the multidisciplinary Danish Aging Research Center (DARC). The overarching research theme is The last years of life - health, treatment, and well-being. One postdoc position will be anchored in an epidemiological group and one in a General Practice research group. The positions will run for a period of two years from February 1st, 2019, and may be extended. 

Epidemiology postdoc
Further information can be obtained from the Head of the Danish Aging Research Center, Professor Kaare Christensen, telephone +45 6550 3049, email

General Practice postdoc
Further information can be obtained from the Head of the Research Unit for General Practice, Professor Jens Søndergaard, telephone +45 65503691, email

See the full job advertisement online here. Applications close 21st October, 2018

Recent publications

Media releases:

Journal articles:

Do you have upcoming research to be published?

Just a reminder that when referring to Twins Research Australia during the course of your research please ensure you use our new name and logo. Also, a gentle reminder to use the following wording when acknowledging Twins Research Australia in your publications:

“This research was facilitated through access to Twins Research Australia, a national resource supported by a Centre of Research Excellence Grant (ID: 1079102), from the National Health and Medical Research Council.”

An electronic copy of all publications should be sent to

From our recent member eNews: What determines sensitivity to fat

With the help of TRA-member twins, new research has found a taste for fat is not driven by genetics, rather it’s all down to diet. The study at Deakin University found that a high-fat diet decreased a person’s sensitivity to the ‘taste’ of fat, irrespective of their body weight or genetics. People who have a lower sensitivity to fat taste, end up eating far more kilojoules from fat - because they need more to feel full – which can lead to weight gain. More details here.

Want your research featured in our member eNews?

We like to keep TRA members updated on study progress and findings through our member eNews, which is sent out to all members on the twins registry 3-4 times a year. Please send an email to if you would like your research featured in an upcoming member eNews. 


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