Tim Spector is a Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at Kings College London and honorary consultant Physician at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals. He is also an expert in personalised medicine and the gut microbiome and started the famous UK Twin Registry in 1993. He is the lead researcher behind the world’s biggest citizen science health project – the Covid Symptom study app.
Ten years ago, he became hypertensive, experienced a ‘mini stroke’ and began developing pre-diabetes. This wake-up call encouraged him to loose weight and workout the best diet for himself.
He discusses his study of epigenetics (an area of science that looks at how genes can be switched on and off) in this recent video with Dr Rangan Chatterjee.
Personalised nutrition is at the heart of his research which looks at the components of foods 26,000 individual chemicals and their interaction with an individual’s unique microbiome rather than just the three main food groups of Fat, Carbs and Protein.