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May 2017 Today (30/05/2017) will see the opening of our brand new state-of-the-art Translational Research Facility dedicated to research in Obesity and Metabolic diseases.


May 2017 We have been running a study involving healthy thin people - understanding the genes for thinness could pave the way for new treatments for obesity. A website for the study has just gone live - you can find it at


What happens when we find a gene?


Often the first news that a possible cause for your/your child’s weight problem has been found will come from your Consultant. You may be asked to go to your local hospital to discuss the results or the Consultant may ask if Professor Farooqi can contact you directly.

When Professor Farooqi contacts you, she will tell you about any results that we have and what they may mean to you and your family. She will want to ask you some questions about your family and whether they are also willing to be tested for the gene. This is because a problem with a gene often runs in the family. If you agree, we will send you some mouthswabs from which we can get DNA to look for the gene.

If we find that the faulty gene is very likely to be the cause of the weight problem, we usually invite you to come to Cambridge where we are able to explain everything in more detail and do some further tests to understand more about what this means to you and your family: What happens when I come to Cambridge?