Timothy Spector, Kings College London, UK
Eric Verdin

Tim Spector is a Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Director of the TwinsUK Registry and head of the Department of Twin Research at Kings College London. He trained originally in rheumatology and epidemiology. In 1992 he moved into genetics and founded the UK Twins Registry of 13,000 twins, which is the richest collection of genotypic and phenotypic information worldwide. He is past President of the International Society of Twin Studies, co-founded the European Twin Registry Consortium and collaborates with over 120 centres worldwide. He has demonstrated the genetic basis of a wide range of common complex traits, many previously thought to be mainly due to ageing and environment. His group have found over 500 novel gene loci in over 50 disease areas. He has published over 900 research articles and is ranked as being in the top 1% of the world’s most cited scientists by Thomson-Reuters. He held a prestigious European Research Council and NIHR (NHS) Senior Investigator award and has been elected Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences. His current work focuses on personalised medicine and the microbiome and directs the crowdfunded British Gut microbiome project. He is a prolific writer having published three popular science books – the last in 2015 was “The Diet Myth” has been published in over ten languages. He is a regular blogger, focusing most recently on the microbiome and diet with over 7 million recent downloads. He features regularly in the media

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