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Facts and Fantasy About Your Diet and Health

This event will explore how recent advances in the science of microbes change our understanding of health and disease, and give a revolutionary approach to losing weight and staying slim.


When most of us hear the word “genome” we think of human DNA, the material that was long seen as the blueprint of human health and disease. Today, we know that there are many more factors than our DNA that make us who we are, including our lifestyles, our emotions, our environments.

But there is another element that, as recent science shows, has a huge impact on us: micro-organisms. Trillions of microbes, bacteria and fungi inhabit our bodies, help to digest our food, keep us healthy, or make us sick. In fact only 10 percent of the cells in our bodies and one percent of our genes are human! This event will explore how recent advances in the science of microbes change our understanding of health and disease, and give a revolutionary approach to losing weight and staying slim.

Speakers:

Tim Spector is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London and Director of the TwinsUK Registry, which is one of the world’s richest data collections on 11,000 twins. He trained as a physician with a career in research, which since 1992 has demonstrated the genetic basis of a wide range of common diseases, worked on epigenetics and more recently the gut microbiome. He is the author of The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat (2015).

Barbara Prainsack is Professor of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s College London. Barbara’s work explores the societal, regulatory and ethical implications of biomedical innovation for our society.

Chair: Sue Nelson is an award-winning science journalist and broadcaster, editor of The Biologist and a producer/presenter of the Space Boffins and Planet Earth podcasts. A former BBC science and environment correspondent, Sue continues to present science programmes for Radio 4 and BBC World Service.


Speaker(s):

Professor Tim Spector | talks
Professor Barbara Prainsack | talks
Sue Nelson | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

9 July 2015 at 7:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

 

Venue:

Conway Hall
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
London
WC1R 4RL
0207 242 8034
http://www.conwayhall.org.uk/

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Tickets:

£5 - 10

Available from:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/facts-and-fantasy-about-your-diet-and-health-tickets-17259534733

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