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Twin Aoife set to take part in research project

May 22 2012

A student has been inspired by her own experiences to conduct research in to the development of diseases in twins.

Aoife Marsh, a psychology student at Glyndŵr University, is about to depart for London to take part in a project at the Department of Twin Research at King’s College London.

As a twin herself Aoife, from Shrewsbury, said she was particularly drawn to the two-month project.

She said: “The TwinsUK group is exploring the biological basis of twins in relation to the causes of diseases. In my role as an intern there, I will be involved in inputting data generated from the experiments carried out. I will also help in interpreting the results.”

Aoife, 18, grew up with sister Ceara and has plans to expand her studies of what it means to be a twin and the impact it can have in the future.

She said: “Studying psychology at Glyndŵr University has shown me the importance of research. I would hope to continue my studies to PhD level here, exploring the more psychological basis of twinship.

“I would like to thank the university’s Dr Emyr Williams for helping me get up to speed with data inputting and data clearing, and Phill de Prez for encouraging me to apply for this post.”

Lecturer Dr Williams said: “Aoife will gain valuable practical experience from this project which will make excellent use of important skills she has gained and demonstrated at Glyndŵr University.”

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