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Jul 2017 A new paper has been published, following our study which shows that the hormone oxytocin modulates how our brain responds to food pictures.


Jul 2017 In a study just published in the journal Scientific Reports we looked at a large number of genes in over 4000 children with severe obesity from the GOOS cohort.


Who We Are


Our team is led by Professor Farooqi and includes doctors, nurses, scientists and research staff working together to understand why some people put on weight more easily than others.


Our co-ordination and clinical team work closely with doctors from across the UK and worldwide who contact us about patients who are very heavy from a young age. Doctors will usually have excluded some of the known medical causes for severe obesity before they ask us to look into genes that may be contributing to a person’s weight problem.

Our scientists are able to look at a person’s genes by examining DNA from a blood or saliva sample.

Our clinical team undertake studies to find out how genes may affect the way the body handles the food that we eat, hormone levels and metabolism. For this work we invite patients, families and volunteers to Cambridge to take part.


We invite you to meet the team and find out more about what we do