We are researchers who work on the world's largest, in-depth nutritional research study called PREDICT to better understand and predict personalized responses to foods.
Hi Reddit! Dr. Sarah Berry, Prof. Tim Spector, Prof. Nicola Segata, Dr. Francesco Asnicar, Prof. Christopher Gardner here!
As part of PREDICT, the world’s largest in-depth study of diet and nutrition, we’ve uncovered a panel of bacteria that are closely positively or negatively tied to metabolic health and weight, as well as the foods that help them thrive.
These exciting new findings, published this week in the prestigious journal Nature Medicine, form the basis of our at-home test and ZOE gut health insights.
During this AMA we’re happy to answer all your questions about the gut microbiome and its link to your overall health, disease, food choices and the latest diet trends.
Please read our bios below for more information on our areas of expertise. We'll be here at 9AM EST and we will aim to answer any follow up questions over the next couple of days.
Dr. Sarah Berry is a researcher and reader in nutritional science at King's College London. Her research interests relate to the influence of dietary components on markers of cardiovascular disease risk, with a particular focus on the influence of food and fat structure on postprandial metabolism. [https://www.kcl.ac.uk/people/sarah-berry]
Tim Spector MD is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology, King’s College London, honorary physician at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital, the PI of the Covid Symptom Study app and scientific co-founder of health science company ZOE. He is a specialist in twin studies, genetics, epigenetics, and microbiome and diet. Spector's latest book, Spoon-Fed, is groundbreaking in that forces us to question every diet plan, official recommendation, miracle cure or food label we encounter, and encourages us to rethink our whole relationship with food. [https://www.kcl.ac.uk/people/professor-tim-spector]
Dr. Nicola Segata is an associate professor and principal investigator. His background is in metagenomics, machine learning, microbiome research, and microbial genomics. He started and is leading the Laboratory of Computational Metagenomics at the Centre for Integrative Biology (University of Trento). http://segatalab.cibio.unitn.it/people.html
Dr. Francesco Ascnicar's major research interests are the developing of computational tools for metagenomic and phylogenetic analyses.
UPDATE 4:30PM EST: Thank you all for making our first r/IAmA so enjoyable! We appreciated your questions so much that we've been glued to our screens all day trying answer everyone. We're going to sign off for now but we will log on later to finish responding to any questions we missed. In good health ~ see you later!