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The Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research supports world-class research in rheumatology.

Original sign of the Mathilda and Terence Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology

Founded in 1965/1966 with a donation of £500,000 by Terence and Mathilda Kennedy, The Kennedy Trust and the Kennedy Institute were originally the same institution.

In 2000, the Institute's staff and research activities were incorporated into Imperial College as the 10th division of the newly formed Faculty of Medicine and the Institute changed its name to the Mathilda and Terence Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology Trust. In 2012, the name was changed to its current title to reflect the Trust's wider role in supporting research.

The Trust operates to this day as a separate registered charity focusing much of its efforts in supporting the work of the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology at the University of Oxford by means of a continuing programme of grant awards and a commitment to fund new research facilities.