On March 24th we celebrated our 3000th twin visit in the state-of-the-art government-funded Clinical Research Facility in the Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London. The BRC is dedicated to ‘translating scientific discoveries into improvements in treatment which will benefit patients at the earliest opportunity’. The current research programme with volunteers from the TwinsUK registry aims to understand better how our genes interact with the environment resulting in disease, and to develop new drugs and treatments. We are making excellent progress to this end, having met our target of 1000 twins a year for 3 years. We are especially pleased to have increased recruitment of people of a wide range of ethnicities, and especially from the boroughs local to Guys and St Thomas’, and look forward to recruiting another 2000 twins over the next two years.
Professor Tim Spector (Director of the Department of Twin Research) and Professor Graham Lord (Director of the BRC) presented our milestone twins, Wendy and Gaye, with flowers and enjoyed talking with them. The twins also celebrated over lunch with the clinical research team. Thank you to all the 3000 twins who have had a TwinsUK/ BRC visit since March 2012 and have helped make our research programme such a success.
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