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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 common diseases such as arthritis, back pain, migraine, asthma, dementia and heart disease. 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.

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The CDRF is supporting critical COVID-19 research with the COVID Symptom Study app. The app does not have any contact tracing function. It is designed to be entirely voluntary so that people can share information about how they are feeling in a way that safeguards their privacy. This is a non-profit research initiative by King’s College London and TwinsUK with support from health science start-up ZOE. It is the largest community-powered COVID-19 research project in the world with 3 million contributors. The aim of this critical study is to slow the spread of COVID-19 by advancing science and supporting the NHS to identify those at risk sooner.


Without further funding, it cannot continue its important work to save lives and help the UK get out of lockdown safely. Please help us to keep this study going through your participation and donations. 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.  Funds no longer needed for this project will be used for other research grants into chronic diseases.

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.

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Registered charity number 1186102.   Registered company number 1266787. 

The Chronic Disease Research Foundation is a charity and company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales.

Registered address: 4 Bedford Row London WC1R 4DF.