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In this edition:

  1. Twins Research Australia Workshop: Introduction to Statistical Analysis of Data from Twins 
  2. Travel grants, round two now open–deadline August 29th
  3. Twins Research Australia strengthens links with Brazil
  4. Early-career Researchers step up engagement with the new TRA ECR Group
  5. Twins Research Australia staffing changes

Upcoming events:

Twin Statistical Methodology and Analysis Workshop
Tuesday 26th September, 9am – 5pm
Lecture Theatre 3, Room 121, Alan Gilbert Building, University of Melbourne
More details and RSVP here

Twins and Multiples Community Forum
Friday 13th October, 11.30 - 3pm
University of Melbourne

More details to be announced soon

TWINS 2017 - International Society of Twin Studies Congress
16-18th November
Madrid, Spain

Find more details here

Twins Research Australia Workshop: Introduction to Statistical Analysis of Data from Twins

This workshop will cover exploration, analysis and interpretation of data from twin studies. The workshop will focus on understanding when and why particular statistical models and tests are appropriate, the assumptions underlying these, how these can be tested and what the results of the models mean in the context of specific research questions. The methods will be illustrated using real studies.
Please click
here to view the full program and to register. Please note spaces are limited.  

Travel grants, round two now open–deadline August 29th

Round two of the Travel Grant Scheme will focus on the TRA Twin Statistical Methodology and Analysis workshop and Madrid ISTS meeting. The Travel Grant Scheme aims to encourage the growth and development of twin research in Australia by:
  • Supporting the training and development of Australian researchers in the methodology and practice of studies involving twins.
  • Presenting and promoting twin research studies at scientific conferences.
The Travel Grant Scheme awards partial funding for relevant travel to successful applicants ($300-$700). Please click here to read further details and view the application form.

Twins Research Australia strengthens links with Brazil

TRA representatives, Paulo Ferreira (TRA Senior Researcher) and Lucas Ferreira (TRA PhD Student), travelled to Brazil in June for a number of training activities, presentations and meetings aimed at building capacity and forging new collaborations in twin research with Brazilian researchers. Visits to key federal universities in the states of Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo were part of the schedule. From this visit further discussions regarding the potential for a large collaborative musculoskeletal grant application are underway.
Paulo and Lucas are also coordinators of the Brazilian Twin Registry, which was established in 2013 in partnership with Twins Research Australia. The collaboration is funded by an IRRTF grant from the University of Melbourne. For further details, please contact Lucas Ferreira.

Early-career Researchers step up engagement with the new TRA ECR Group

A group of early-career researchers involved with twin research in Australia has recently established the Twins Research Australia Early Career Research Group, aimed at facilitating collective learning in various aspects of conducting twin studies. These researchers, who participated in the group’s second meeting in July, work in a diverse range of health science domains using the twin methodology to improve the health and wellbeing of the population.
The group includes Masters, PhD and Post-doc students from Australian universities and institutions such as the University of Melbourne, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), University of Sydney, University of Western Australia and Monash University.
To join the group or to learn more about the initiative, please email the group’s chair Namitha Mohandas.

Twins Research Australia staffing changes

Twins Research Australia would like to welcome Sarah Stevenson as our new Research Liaison and Study Coordinator. Sarah will be the main contact for all researchers working with us and can be contacted at info@twins.org.au or +61 3 8344 9551.
We would also like to say good bye and thank you to long time staff member Shaie O’Brien (far left of photo). As TRA’s Project and Communications Officer Shaie was the voice and face of the organisation for many. Over the last nine years Shaie has made a significant and lasting contribution to TRA with her dedication, enthusiasm and knowledge.  
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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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