The Australian Twin Registry
Multiples are good for your health!
We all know that multiples are special but many don’t realise the significant contribution they can make in the worldwide fight against many medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease – and just how easy it is for multiples (and their parents) to be involved and to make a real difference.
What is the ATR?
The Australian Twin Registry (ATR) was established in 1981 to serve as a link between researchers and twins and multiples who are interested in getting involved in research projects. With over 66,000 members, the ATR has become one of the largest volunteer registries of multiples in the world. Nevertheless, this still only represents about 17% of twins in Australia, therefore we always welcome new members.
The ATR is open to twins and HOMs of all ages, identical and non-identical, males and females and in any state of health.
Children (including newborn babies) can join but must be registered by their parents.
Why are twins and multiples so important?
Twins and multiples are unique because they share the same environment from conception. By comparing the similarities and differences between identical and non-identical twins; including those from higher order multiple births, researchers can get a better understanding of how our genes and environment determine who we are, what we do and our future health and happiness. In addition, by studying boy/girl twin pairs, researchers can discover important information about gender differences in certain diseases and characteristics.
What does being a member involve?
Multiples who register with the ATR are placed on our database and from time to time they may be invited to participate in an ethically approved study.
Common activities include filling in questionnaires and health and lifestyle checks. We always have new studies coming up, you may be interested in some and not others and that’s fine – you always have a choice on whether to participate or not.
How do you benefit?
Some of the benefits are:
How can I find out more information?
Phone: Freecall 1800 037 021
Visit our website www.twins.org.au
To register online: http://www.twins.org.au/twins-and-twin-families/join-now
You can request a free booklet for women pregnant with twins or for families with newborn twins.
View frequently asked questions relating to twins and multiples.