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Tim Spector

Author and Professor of Genetic Epidemiology

Tim Spector is a Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Director of the TwinsUK Registry at Kings College, London and has recently been elected to the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He trained originally in rheumatology and epidemiology. In 1992 he moved into genetic epidemiology 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, directs the European Twin Registry Consortium (Discotwin) 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.

He is a prolific writer with several popular science books and a regular blog, focusing on genetics, epigenetics and most recently microbiome and diet (Spoon-Fed, The Diet Myth). He is in demand as a public speaker and features regularly in the media.

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See also: Academia King's College London - Public research university

Tim Spector Creations

Spoon-Fed: Why Almost Everything We’ve Been Told About Food is Wrong


A book about food and nutrition written by Tim Spector

The Diet Myth


The Real Science Behind What We Eat by Professor Tim Spector

Tim Spector News

Technology Networks interviews Prof Tim Spector on nutrition and genetics

Technology Networks - 01-Nov-2019

Suggests that response to food is modifiable and has inter-individual variation


Studies failed to prove breakfast as the most important meal of the day

The Conversation (UK) - 31-Jan-2019

Skipping breakfast can help in losing weight, at least for some people