Welcome to CDRF

The CDRF has funded a number of successful projects at the Department of Twin Research, a major Department within King’s College, based at St Thomas’ Hospital. Through the use of clinical, questionnaire and genetic data gathered from over 12,000 ‘TwinsUK’ volunteers over 20 years, scientists have identified the contribution of genetic and environmental factors to many chronic diseases.


Genes associated with diseases such as arthritis, migraine and heart disease have also been discovered. The success of these projects proves that the use of identical and non-identical twins is one of the most effective techniques used to understand the causes of diseases associated with the ageing process.

Dr Tim Spector 

Meet our personnel  

Prof. Tim Spector

Medical Director

Daniel Simon

Chairman of the Trustees

Mike Benaim


Nick Pike


Dr Jess Buxton


Dr Elena Bochukova


Dr Ted Stonehill


Robyn Fitzgerald


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© Chronic Disease Research Foundation 2020

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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: 140 Brompton Road London SW3 1HY