Professor Tim Spector

Prof Tim Spector

Author, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology, Director of the British Gut Microbiome Project and founder of Map My Gut

As a best-selling author and commentator, Tim is ranked in the top 1% of the world’s most cited scientists.  His 2015 book, The Diet Myth, draws on pioneering research into microbes, genetics and diet to reveal why the world is getting fatter and how our responses to food are driven by the individual characteristics and health of our microbiome.  In his day job Tim is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at Kings College London and directs the crowd funded British Gut Microbiome project, the UK’s largest open-source science project to understand the microbial diversity of the human gut.  In March 2016 he co-founded Map My Gut, a microbiome research company draws on research from the world leading Twins UK research project, which he leads.  Map My Gut is working with a range of pharmaceutical and food businesses including Danone.

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The world within us.  The microbiome and how to feed it.

The human body plays host to 100 trillion microbes that carry a vast range of genetic material known as the microbiome.  Professor Spector is dedicated to understanding what it does and it’s becoming clear that it controls some of the body’s most vital processes, is intrinsically linked to physical and mental health and is profoundly affected by the food we eat.  Introducing us to the world within our bodies Tim challenges us to consider the industry’s responsibility to create foods that nurture the microbiome rather than destroy it

  • Beyond ‘friendly bacteria’ – the impact of the microbiome on all-round human health, from the gut to the brain and everything in between
  • The link to obesity – how the industry’s drive towards processed foods has reduced gut bacteria diversity and made the world fat
  • State of the nation – latest research, what it tells us and why the food industry must listen
  • A consumer revolution? With early adopters leading the way will consumers call the industry to account?



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