Keynote speaker Tim Spector OBE is a Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Director of the TwinsUK Registry at Kings College, London. Tim lead the initiative in creating the COVID Symptom Tracker App This supports the NHS and slow the spread of COVID-19. He did this together with doctors and scientists at Kings College London and with ZOE Global. As a result Tim has been awarded his OBE in 2021 for leading this work over the covid crisis. In addition he is ranked as being in the top 1% of the world’s most cited scientists by Thomson-Reuters.
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Prof Tim Spector OBE trained originally in rheumatology and epidemiology. In 1992 he moved into genetic epidemiology and founded the UK Twins Registry. This has records 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). The directory collaborates with over 120 centres worldwide.
Professor Tim Spector OBE’s other work
Tim has demonstrated the genetic basis of a wide range of common complex traits, many previously thought to be mainly due to ageing and environment.
Through genetic association studies (GWAS), his group have found over 500 novel gene loci in over 50 disease areas. Furthermore, he has published over 800 research articles.
A prolific writer with several popular science books Tim has a regular blog, focusing on genetics, epigenetics and most recently microbiome and diet (The Diet Myth).
This is designed to help scientists identify how fast the virus is spreading in specific areas, high-risk areas in the UK and who is most at risk, by better understanding symptoms linked to underlying health conditions. The app has now reached over 4.4 million and counting citizens in the UK.