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Issue 21, Christmas 2018

In this edition:

Best wishes for the festive season & 2019 

Best wishes to our members and supporters for a happy and festive holiday season. This year was one of our busiest ever with 15,506 invites issued for studies and 3,449 multiples and their families joining in our research. We thank you most sincerely for making our life-changing research possible. This fun infographic shows how your support has made a difference in 2018, current studies open to twins, and what exciting new studies are coming  in 2019.

Twins steer future direction of research

Twins Research Australia has joined a global collaboration seeking to identify the most pressing multiple-birth health issues needing research. An initial survey sought views from twins, parents and health-care professionals on what research questions they’d most like answered. A second-wave survey next year will ask them to rank the top 10 research questions identified in the first survey. Learn more about this world-first partnership and its aims here.

To separate twins in school or not?

Multiple-birth parents say it is one of most difficult decisions that they face: whether to separate or keep their twins together at school. The University of New England’s Professor Brian Byrne investigates the many factors in a parent’s decision and seeks to answer the central question: will my twins prosper more when they are together or apart? Learn more here.

Coming new discoveries in twin research

There are so many medical discoveries world-wide we can thank twins for – and many more are just around the corner. Our Deputy Director, Dr Jeff Craig, explores how twins are contributing to new areas of health research from epigenetics (the way that our genes can be changed by environment), microbiota (communities of bugs that influence everything from bowel to brain function) to stem cell technology. This story coincided with the launch recently of International Multiple Birth Awareness Week with the 2018 theme: Research with multiples benefits everyone. Read more

Twins live longer

Did you know that twins – both identical and fraternal – have a better chance of living longer than the rest of us? Research has found their close social bonds protect against risky behaviours and provide emotional support during stressful times. Read more here.

We are TRA: Insights into twin lives

What is it like to be a twin or twin parent? We thank our members who’ve shared their most memorable, challenging and special experiences for our recent awareness-raising campaign called We are: Twins Research Australia. You can read each of the 17 heart-warming stories as they are released on our Facebook  Instagram or Twitter. Or you can enjoy a compilation of all of the stories here.

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