Science for Health
13 July 2012
The Francis Crick Institute community newsletter features an interview with Alex Gould.
The Francis Crick Institute issues a community newsletter, for people who live or work in the area near to the new Institute. It has information about the progress of construction and news about the various partners in the Crick Institute, including NIMR.
Alex Gould (pictured) is Head of the Division of Physiology and Metabolism at NIMR. He manages a ten-strong team of scientists who are researching the genetics of growth and metabolism. The team’s current research focuses on how poor nutrition before birth can lead to health problems such as diabetes in later life.
In the interview, on page 3 of the June 2012 issue of the newsletter, Alex explains how he became interested in biology, what his research is about and the type of "fusion" science he hopes to see at the Crick.
We’re interested in the way diet affects a number of important biological processes such as growth and metabolism, and in turn how this influences our health and wellbeing. Most of our research is aimed at discovering new genes involved in growth and metabolism - the first of several essential steps along the road to a safe and useful disease treatment for metabolic disease or cancer. We also hope to be able to work out the best ways of treating small babies so that their chances of developing health problems later in adult life are minimised.
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