Reaching Balance

nature vs nurture

Friday | March 11th 2022

Reaching Balance

Every day, life is about maintaining balance, and health is no exception.
Our bodies, wisely designed, are a perfect machine, complex and singular, that need to have every variable to be completely adjusted in order to secure its harmonious functioning.
In a constantly changing external environment, all of our vital mechanisms, although quite different from each other, have a primary function of ensuring body homeostasis.
The rational search for the stability of life is, after all, also organic. It’s an adverse and oscillating path but, in the end, after the dynamic and harmonious action of several interconnected physiological processes, it is definitely rewarding.

Giles Yeo

Giles Yeo, PhD

Geneticist and Principal Research Associate at MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit

Scientific Director of the Genomics and Transcriptomics Core at the University of Cambridge

British Dietetic Association’s honorary president

Geneticist and Principal Researcher, Giles Yeo main investigation focus is the connection between genetics, obesity and appetite management. His research team is particularly interested in studying brain control of body-weight and how these mechanisms may be dysregulated in obese people. One of their main goals is to identify new players in the hypothalamic control of energy balance, as a way of developing new therapies in the future that can help manage obesity. Author of two books, Gene Eating: The story of human appetite (2018) and Why calories don’t count (2021), Giles Yeo also presented three documentaries on BBC Horizon: Why are we getting so fat (2016), Clean Eating: The Dirty Truth (2017), and Vitamin Pills: Miracle or Myth? (2018).

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Ted Dinan

Ted Dinan, MD, PhD

Geneticist and Principal Research Associate at MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit

Scientific Director of the Genomics and Transcriptomics Core at the University of Cambridge

British Dietetic Association’s honorary president.

Before being a Professor of Psychiatrist and Researcher at University College Cork, Professor Ted Dinan was Chair of Clinical Neurosciences and Professor of Psycological Medicine at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London and was also a Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin. Professor Dinan’s main research interest is the role of the gut microbiota in influencing brain function and development, particulary in regard to Depression and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. In 1995 he was awarded the Melvin Ramsey Prize for his research into the biology of stress. He has published over 450 papers and numerous books on the pharmacology and neurobiology of affective disorders.

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