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Researcher eNews, Christmas 2021

In this edition:

TRA's livestream TwinsFest 2021 showcases our 40th year

We were delighted with the response to our recent 40th anniversary major event, TwinsFest Australia. Over a thousand of our members, researchers and supporters joined in the celebrations of TRA’s first ever online livestream whether entering a photo competition, buying a raffle ticket or bidding in the silent auction, or attending this special event. A focus of the event was raising awareness of our research, and we thank the researchers who appeared as special guests. All the entertainers, special guests, and businesses generously donated their time, products and services for free. This enabled us to raise nearly $13,000 for TRA research. 

A special message from Princess Mary of Denmark 

HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, herself a mother of twins, has been the International Patron of Twins Research Australia since 2012. Her admiration for the work of TRA is reflected in this  special video message to members, researchers and supporters of Twins Research Australia for our 40th anniversary. As HRH expresses: “There are many health and disease challenges ahead for the world, and I’m pleased to be able to support and encourage this unique area of medical research…. I thank each and every one of you for your incredible contribution - whether a twin or triplet, parent of twins or triplets, staff member, researcher or partner, past or present. And I’m very excited about working with you to achieve even more in the years ahead.” View HRH’s full video message here

Study highlights 2021

The above infographic was created to illustrate TRA’s 2021 research highlights and to thank our study volunteers and TRA members for their efforts. As we shared with them: “What an incredible  contribution the multiple-birth community has made to health research through participation in our studies over the past 40 years - and continue to do so.” We hope you too find the infographic of interest. 

Do you have new publications in 2021?

A reminder to please send electronic copies of all publications to

If you have upcoming publications, remember when referring to Twins Research Australia during the course of your research, to please ensure you use our current name and logo. Also, a 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.”

Best wishes for the holiday season

Like many workplaces around Australia, the TRA team hasn’t met in-person for some time. So we were very happy to gather for our Christmas get-together recently as shown in this image below. From all of us, we thank you for your ongoing support and wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2022.

Please note, TRA will be closing for the Christmas/New Year holiday period, from 5.00pm Friday 17 December until Friday 14th January 2022. We will return on Monday 17 January 2022, and thank you for your patience while we respond to any queries.

Caption (back row, from left) - Alison Wright (Project and Administrative Support), Shuai Li (researcher), John Hopper (TRA Director), Lucas Ferreira (researcher), Jodie Lipman (Member Support and Administration); (front row, from left) - Jess Tyler (Research Coordinator), Vivienne Esser (PhD student), Sue Malta (TRA Manager), Lynette Walker (Marketing Communications), Angie Clover (Event Support).

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