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Chronic Disease Research Foundation
The Chronic Disease Research Foundation (CDRF), founded in May 1996, is an independent medical research charity.
The CDRF funds a wide range of gene research programs that aim to discover the cause of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, long term COVID, arthritis, dementia, back pain, and migraine. The CDRF runs many successful projects at the Department of Twin Research at St Thomas' Hospital.
We hope that the results of this research will contribute to the development of future diagnostic tests and treatments.
We rely entirely on non-governmental donations and grants to conduct our research.
COVID Research Appeal 2021
Our society will feel the effects of the COVID-19 virus for decades, from mental traumas and bereavements to those experiencing long-term symptoms. The King’s Health Partners research team needs funds to support new and vital research into the long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Your donations will go directly to the Chronic Disease Research Foundation who will give grants to help support COVID-19 medical and scientific research at King's Health Partners.
The research will follow volunteers, with and without COVID-19, using whole-body imaging and other tests to assess how COVID infections damage vital body organs. Many questions are unanswered. We want to find explanations for critical concerns: Are there longer-term changes in the brain, lungs and heart of people who have had COVID? Do these changes explain long-COVID symptoms such as fatigue and breathlessness? How does Covid-19 change the ageing process, which influences many other diseases?
A generous donor has agreed to match every pound we raise to the amount of £4 million, effectively doubling your donation. By funding this unique, independent study, you are supporting efforts to reduce suffering, help our healthcare system, and understand the impact of COVID on long-term health and ageing.
Funds no longer needed for this project will be used for other research grants into chronic diseases and ageing.
Thank you from the Lead Researchers at King's College London.
Thank you to our donors
The CDRF would like to thank all the citizen scientists who’ve contributed to the Covid Symptom Study. By regularly recording your symptoms, you are providing valuable data for our researchers. Please continue to report your health daily, even if you are well, and share the app with friends and family.
For those who donated to our appeal, your donations will keep the COVID Symptom Study alive and prove invaluable as we enter the next phase of the fight against COVID-19. The CDRF is grateful for your generosity. The money raised will fund the team of over 50 researchers, data scientists, engineers and scientists working to support our health and the country’s future.
Keep up to date with the latest research from the project and the UK Covid data.
Latest Research Update
Landmark study shows inflammation after meals varies dramatically among healthy adults
Researchers led by King’s College London and funded by the CDRF announced the first published results from PREDICT, the largest ongoing nutritional study of its kind.
The results, published in Nature Medicine and presented at the American Society of Nutrition 2020, showed a wide range of metabolic responses after eating in apparently healthy adults, and that inflammation triggered by the food we eat varies up to ten-fold.