How a healthy gut will boost your performance

Wednesday 9th May - 16:40-17:10

You may be surprised to hear it, but the health of your gut is directly linked to everything from immunity, through energy levels, to your mood.

This session will explore the growing body of scientific research and evidence which demonstrates how gut health is linked to wider health and performance benefits. It will also reveal how to achieve optimal gut health.

Chair:
Professor Robert Thomas, Consultant Oncologist, Professor of Exercise Science at Bedford and Addenbrooke's Cambridge University Hospitals, Coventry University

Day 1: 16:40-17:10 Performance

Professor Robert Thomas MRCP MD FRCR trained at the Royal Marsden Hospital London and is now a Consultant Oncologist at the Primrose Oncology Unit, Bedford and Addenbrooke’s, Cambridge University Hospital Trusts specialising in Breast and Prostate cancer. He is a visiting Professor at Cranfield, Bedfordshire and Coventry Universities and senior Clinical tutor Cambridge University. He is author of the book “Lifestyle after Cancer” and editor of the lifestyle and cancer website Cancernet.co.uk.

Although still embracing mainstream oncology research and treatments, he has now has an academic interest in the evaluation of nutritional, lifestyle and self help strategies after cancer.He had designed and conducted numerous UK randomised controlled trials including the worlds largest evaluation of a polyphenol rich nutritional supplement in men with early prostate cancer (Pomi-T study). He has published extensively in the national literature and gives numerous international invited talks on the evidence for survivorship issues after cancer.

He chaired the 2015 NCRI conference on “Exercise a panacea after cancer” and has designed the UK’s first government approved course for a qualification in cancer rehabilitation for exercise professionals, which is now been delivered nationally. In recognition of these achievements, in 2001 he was voted Hospital Doctor Magazine “Doctor of the Year” and in 2007 The British Oncology Association “Oncologist of the Year”, in 2014 given a National Institute of Clinical Excellence best practice award and the Frank Ellis medal from the Royal College of Radiologist for his work on exercise and cancer.


Speaker:
Professor Robert Thomas, Consultant Oncologist, Professor of Exercise Science at Bedford and Addenbrooke's Cambridge University Hospitals, Coventry University

Speaker:
Dr Samantha Gill, Research Associate, Department of Nutritional Sciences at King's College London