The Chronic Disease Research Centre (CDRC) was founded by the School of Clinical Medicine and Research, UWI, Cave Hill Campus, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Government of Barbados, in response to the epidemic of chronic diseases (hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer and their complications) in the Caribbean. The foundation years (1992 – 1999) were funded by donations raised by appeals and grants through Professor Henry Fraser. Oversight was provided by an Advisory Committee comprising national and UWI stakeholders.
On 1 August 2000, the CDRC was formally incorporated into the trans-national Tropical Medicine Research Institute (TMRI), now the Caribbean Institute for Health Research, based out of UWI Centre in Mona, Kingston, Jamaica. The GACDRC reports to the UWI Vice Chancellor through the Director, CAIHR and to the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies and Research. It also maintains a functional collaboration with the School of Clinical Medicine and Research at Cave Hill, Barbados.