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Issue 17, Spring 2017

In this edition:

Free public forum: better health for twins and multiples

Would you like to learn about the latest twin health findings from Australia’s leading twin researchers? And have your say about what twins and their families need from researchers, health professionals and government to live happy and healthy lives?

Don’t miss this free public forum at Twins Research Australia in Melbourne on Friday 13 October 2017. Learn more and book your tickets online.

Seeking twins Australia-wide for new studies

The impact of parent mental health on child mental health; factors in the development of autism spectrum disorder; insomnia and back pain; genetic and environmental influences on temperament; genetics of epilepsy; twins’ health and lifestyle – these are some of our diverse studies currently seeking twins.

Interested? Learn more about each study here.

Twins a catalyst for change

Thanks to the twins and researchers who joined a studio audience for ABC-TV’s popular national science show, Catalyst. The show is featuring a special episode exploring twin lives, and what can we learn about our own health from twins. The program looks at cutting-edge twin research and features many TRA researchers and members. It is being televised nationally in early 2018 and we’ll let you know the exact date and time when available.

World’s first twin pregnancy scans lead to better multiple-birth care

“It’s very likely that twins born in the future will be safer, receive superior care and will have a better start in life thanks to this incredible achievement.” Research funded by the twin community in the UK has led to the world’s first pregnancy scan using growth charts designed specifically for twins. According to experts, the charts mean twins can be accurately measured in the womb and monitored to ensure they are growing appropriately – with the potential to save hundreds of tiny lives through improved care. Learn more.

Annual appeal supports new twin research into mental health

Twins Research Australia is excited to launch its 2017 Annual Appeal to support mental health. Almost half of all Australians aged between 16-85, or 10.3 million people, experience mental health-related conditions in their lifetime.

TRA’s new mental health study has the potential to make a significant contribution to the quality of people’s lives. It aims to better understand the impact of parent mental health on child mental health, and genetic and environmental factors at play. If you are able to help as a study participant or with the gift of a donation, we thank you most sincerely.


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Copyright 2017: Twins Research Australia, Level 3, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton, Victoria 3010. TRA is a national resource supported by a Centre of Research Excellence Grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council and administered by the University of Melbourne.

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