Dr Giles Yeo

Dr Giles Yeo

Principal Research Associate, University of Cambridge & President, British Society for Neuroendocrinology

Giles is taking part in the Dragon's Den of Functional Foods session

What is this session ... What is the Value of Functional Foods and What Role do they Play in Helping People’s Lives.

Listen to our panellists pitch their view on functional foods and vote for your preferred scenario with a chance to discover, learn and celebrate all that is functional foods.

What Giles plans to discuss Certain foods, calorie for calorie, make you feel fuller than others, and this differs from person to person. Can we harness this information to design better personalize diets that people are actually more likely to stick to?

About Giles - A geneticist with nearly 20 years’ experience studying obesity and the brain control of food intake. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge in genetics in 1998 and has been there ever since.  He was in the initial vanguard that described a number of genes that when mutated, resulted in rare forms of severe obesity, thus uncovering key pathways in the brain that control food intake.  His current research focuses on understanding how these pathways differ between lean and obese people, and the influence of genes in our feeding behaviour.  Giles also presents science documentaries for the BBC.  His critically acclaimed investigative piece ‘Clean eating – The dirty truth’, for BBC Horizon, was screened in January 2017 and prompted an important national debate about dieting advice and evidence-based science. He has also just joined BBC2’s ‘Trust Me I’m a Doctor’ as one of the new ‘doctors’.

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