UCL Division of Medicine


UCL Medicine Case & Seminar: Dr Stephan Guyenet & Sam Dicken

16 July 2024, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm

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UCL Medicine Case & Seminar Series

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff | UCL students




Alison Kelly – Division of Medicine

'Nutrition misinformation: It’s pervasive, and probably more harmful than we think.'

Dr Stephan Guyenet
(attending remotely from the USA) &
Sam Dicken 

Hosts: Rayne Institute
Royal Free Hospital

Rayne Institute 2nd floor seminar room and broadcast live to theRoyal Free Upper 3rd Floor Seminar Room (ILDH)
Tea and coffee from 2.45pm

Stephan J. Guyenet.  
After earning a BS in biochemistry at the University of Virginia, I completed a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Washington, then went on to study the neuroscience of obesity and eating behavior as a postdoctoral fellow.  I’ve spent a total of 12 years in the neuroscience research world studying neurodegenerative disease and the neuroscience of body fatness.  My publications in scientific journals have been cited more than 3,600 times by my peers.

Today, I continue my mission to advance science and public health as a researcher, science consultant, and science communicator.  My book, The Hungry Brain, was released in February of 2017 and was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly and called “essential” by the New York Times Book Review.  I am a Senior Researcher at GiveWell and scientific reviewer for the Examine.com Research Digest.  Past clients include the Open Philanthropy Project.

I am the founder and director of Red Pen Reviews, which publishes the most informative, consistent, and unbiased popular health and nutrition book reviews available.  I am the primary designer of an innovative course-based body weight management program called the Ideal Weight Program, which is part of the HumanOS platform.  I periodically contribute to the scientific literature and I am a review editor at Frontiers in Nutrition.

Sam Dicken

Samuel James Dicken is a Medical Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership Phd student at UCL. Samuel has an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University (2016), specialising in physiology, development and neuroscience. He also has a master’s degree in clinical science from Newcastle University (2020), as part of his three-year Scientist Training Programme in the NHS. His three clinical years included training in vascular ultrasound, running clinic patient lists, conducting investigations and producing diagnostic reports to aid in patient care. Samuel’s research interests relate to how diet impacts on long-term health, metabolism and weight regulation.