ONLINE TALK: How Data will beat COVID with Tim Spector

recorded on Wednesday 12 May 2021

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Author & Professor of genetics Tim Spector discusses how his Zoe COVID-19 Symptom Study app is transforming the way we tackle Coronavirus.

The COVID Symptom Study app is a not-for-profit initiative that was launched at the end of March 2020 to support vital COVID-19 research. The app was launched by health science company ZOE with scientific analysis provided by King’s College London. With over 4 million contributors globally, the Study is the world’s largest ongoing study of COVID-19 and is led by ZOE Co-Founder, Tim Spector.

The data generated is also being used to generate new scientific understanding of the very different symptoms the virus causes in different people. Tim is also studying the way that risks vary between individuals because of their own personal characteristics.

Tim will also discuss how nutrition can help us defeat Covid-19, including how his study has highlighted a clear correlation between poor-quality diet and increased risk of infection.

As a scientist, within the last few years, Tim has also focused on researching the microbiome, the large community of microbes that live in our gut, skin and body. Although the research is new and ongoing, we already know that these play a highly important role in our health and the current epidemics of obesity, diabetes, allergy and even depression.

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.