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The Telomere Effect: Living Healthier and Longer with Dr. Elissa Epel at Happiness & Its Causes 2019

Elissa describes “The Telomere Effect” at the Sydney, AU, 2019 Annual conference: Happiness and its Causes. 

DIET AND LIFESTYLE TIPS FROM UCSF EXPERTS

Throughout "The Skinny on Obesity" series, Barbara Laraia and Elissa Epel of UCSF's Center for Obesity Assessment, Study and Treatment (COAST) have made the case that sugar and changes in the modern lifestyle have led to the global obesity epidemic. But what do they recommend we do about it in our daily lives?

What stress does to your body (it isn’t always bad!)

Stressed out about coronavirus? Or everything else? Americans are some of the most stressed-out people in the world. But according to UCSF’s Dr. Elissa Epel, not all stress is the same. Hint: It’s all about *how* you react to the things that stress you out.

March 24, 2020

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Aging & Telomeres

"Aging Society: Influences, Interventions, Impacts" with Dr. Elissa Epel

Dr. Elissa Epel gives a 5 minute overview of mechanisms of chronic stress and aging biology, including intergenerational transmission at the National Academy of Science Health and Medicine Division. 

Oct 24, 2015

Emotions Stress and Rate of Telomere Shortening: Are Our Cells Listening to Us?

Does stress speed up the aging process at a genetic level? Our cells are constantly aging. When cell divide some telomere is lost but if it becomes too short, that cell can no longer replicate and eventual dies. Elissa Epel, UCSF department of psychiatry, explores the affects of stress and emotions on the process of telomere shortening.

Dr. Epel is introduced by Wendy Berry Mendes, the Sarlo/Ekman Associate Professor of Emotion in UCSF's Department of Psychiatry.

Nov 10, 2011

 

What Are Telomeres And Why Should I Care?

AME Researchers Janet Wojcicki and Elissa Epel, leading professors at the University of California, San Francisco, sit down with Jason Wachob on mindbodygreen to explore the fascinating research into telomeres, the protective cap at the end of our chromosomes. In this video, they explain how they can impact aging and inflammation in your body, and what you need to know about their relationship to stress.

2015

THE SCIENCE OF AGING

The Science of Aging by ASAP Science is an animated 2-minute story of how we age and the role of Telomeres. 

Mar 7, 2013

Dr. Elissa Epel on Telomeres and the Role of Stress Biology in Cellular Aging

Dr. Epel shares the latest research on telomeres and the role of stress biology in cellular aging as a guest on Found My Fitness with Dr. Rhonda Patrick. 

Jun 10, 2019

Cell Aging, Mindset, & Longevity

Don't worry, live longer: The UCSF researchers Dr. Elissa Epel and Dr. Calvin Harley show how psychological stress causes our cells to age by helping to shorten telomeres, the DNA at the very tips of our chromosomes at TedMed 2011. 

Jan 9, 2012

Dr. Elissa Epel on the Telomere Effect at the Global Wellness Summit

Dr. Elissa Epel gives a lecture about telomeres and how to live a healthier and longer life, at the 2017 Global Wellness Summit. 

Oct 31, 2017

Drs. Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel on The Telomere Effect

Dr. Elissa Epel and Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn discuss their book, The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, and the role that telomeres have in aging and what we can do to improve and lengthen our telomeres to keep us vital and disease-free at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center. 

Jan 13, 2017

The Telomere Effect: Living Healthier and Longer with Dr. Elissa Epel at Happiness & Its Causes 2019

Elissa describes “The Telomere Effect” at the Sydney, AU, 2019 Annual conference: Happiness and its Causes. 

Age Backwards by Hacking Your Telomeres with Stress

Dr. Elissa Epel studies how stress can impact our biological aging via the telomere/telomerase system, and how meditation modalities may buffer stress effects and boost physical and spiritual well-being. Also the co-author of New York Times best-seller, “The Telomere Effect,” Dr. Elissa discusses what developing healthy lifestyle habits and stress resistance does for your mitochondria, as well as the length of your telomeres in an interview with Bulletproof. 

Oct 6, 2017

When Does Aging Begin?

“When does aging begin?” is a fundamental question whose answers will help inform all aspects of research, clinical practice and healthcare policy. There is an emerging consensus on an answer that is broad but captures some of the uncertainty at present: Aging begins before we observe it or experience it. Investigators who study the life course of aging and from the emerging field of geroscience will make brief presentations of their hypotheses and then challenge or seek to modify each other’s proposals through a guided panel discussion. Importantly, there will be consideration of how the hypotheses could be supported experimentally. It is hoped that the outcomes might stimulate new understanding and insightful areas of research.

Telomeres, Telomerase, and Stress: Biological Aging

Dr. Elissa Epel gives speaks about stress and its effect on cellular aging and telomere length at TEDMED 2011. 

Jan 9, 2012

Elissa Epel Speaks at the Yale-National University of Singapore (NUS)

Dr. Elissa Epel gives a lecture about telomeres, the effect of stress on telomere length, and how to improve your healthy lifestyle.

Apr 11, 2018

Dr. Eli Puterman on Telomeres and the Immune System

Dr. Eli Puterman discusses the function of telomeres and chromosomes and how telomere length can be a marker for an aging immune system at the Osher Mini Med School for the Public. 

May 8, 2018

Caregiving

Coping with the daily stress of caregiving with AME's Dr. Alexandra Crosswell

Alexandra Crosswell, PhD is a psychological scientist in the UCSF's Center for Health and Community where she studies the effect of stress on health and aging. She is currently studying the effects of the experiences of adult caregivers, and what can help caregivers thrive in their difficult role. She shares her research and the latests findings here on BlogTalkRadio. 

2017

Family Caregiving as Fate but Also Opportunity: Views from Mind and Body

Dr. Elissa Epel, UCSF health psychologist, looks at social and psychobiological difficulties involved with caregiving and offers practical advice for managing stress, especially in women at the 2013 Osher Mini Medical School for the Public.

March 4, 2013

Diet and Nutrition

Elissa Epel at the National Academy of Sciences Food Forum, on Nutrition and Mental Health

Dr. Elissa Epel gave a talk at the National Academy of Sciences Food Forum, on Nutrition and Mental Health. This webinar explored the relationship between nutrition and dietary patterns and the aging brain. Speakers discussed an overview of the dimensions of cognitive health, nutrition and specific nutrients for cognitive function, and the relationship between nutrition and mental health in older adults.

The Face of Food Addiction: Living Through and Beyond

An increasing number of scientific studies suggest that food, like drugs or alcohol, can have addictive qualities. Food addiction is a disease which causes loss of control over the ability to stop eating certain foods. Dr. Ashley Mason gives a lecture about food addiction and three people share their personal experiences and how they came through at the COAST Lecture series "Science Behind Optimal Metabolic Health and Nutrition: Adding Years to Your Life and Life to Your Years."

March 13, 2018

Why we can't stop eating unhealthy foods

Sugar scientist and UCSF professor of health policy Laura Schmidt questions whether consumers really do have freedom of choice – and what policymakers can learn from corporations in nudging consumers toward healthier behaviors in her 2016 TEDMED Lecture. 

Jul 7, 2016

Learn the Facts about Sugar - How Sugar Impacts your Health

Sugar Science experts Laura A. Schmidt, PhD, MSW, MPH; Dean Schillinger, MD; and Cristin E. Kearns, DDS, MBA from UCSF share the latest research findings on sugar and its impact on health at the UCSF’s Living Well initiative. 

The speakers make up the team of SugarScience.org, an organization at UCSF made up of uniquely qualified scientists from a wide spectrum of medical research specialties in some of the nation's top universities, including UCSF, UC Davis and Emory University. 

May 6, 2015

Shunning Soda with Dr. Laura Schmidt

Laura Schmidt, a professor at UCSF School of Medicine, was a proponent of an initiative to sell only zero-calorie or non-sweetened beverages on the UCSF campus. What are the dangers of drinking too much soda? What changes do we see in public health when we adjust the culture around sodas? Dr. Schmidt shares the answers to these questions and more on an interview with the Predram Shojai on the Urban Monk. 

Feb 6, 2017

Exercise

Inside the Effects of Exercise: From Cellular to Psychological Benefits

Dr. Eli Puterman explores the health benefits of physical activity at the 2018 Osher Mini Medical School for the Public. 

June, 2018

Meditation & Mindfulness

Conversations on Compassion with Dr. Elissa Epel

Dr. Elissa Epel discusses the AME Center's current ongoing studies in regards to stress, telomeres, mindfulness and meditation with Dave Simpson at Stanford University, hosted by The Center for Compassion and Aulturism Research and Education (CCARE). 

Nov 15, 2018

Could Breathing Techniques be the Key to Aging Slower?

While more people have been meditating, exercising and sleeping to promote life longevity, an upcoming trial at University of California, San Francisco is looking at how different breathing techniques may actually slow aging. Megyn Kelly TODAY talks with Elissa Epel and Aric Prather, two of the three scientists leading the study, about submitting their research to be considered for the Palo Alto Longevity Prize, worth $1 million.

Oct 19, 2018

The Mindful Genome: How Our Mindset Shapes our Gene Expression

Drs. Elissa Epel and Steven Cole of UCLA School of Medicine and HopeLab discuss telomeres, stress and cellular aging and how mindfulness and meditation may improve adverse gene expression at Wisdom 2.0 in 2013. 

Mar 28, 2013

Obesity and Weight Management

The Social Exposome

Dr. Aric Prather discusses how social stressors and relationships can act like environmental toxins, a concept called the "social exposome."

Five Minute Summary of the Exposome & Metabolic Health Symposium by Elissa Epel

Dr. Elissa Epel gives a five minute summary of the topics and research discussed in the 2018 SSEW Exposome and Metabolic Health Symposium 

The Weight of the Nation

An HBO/IOM/CDC sponsored 4-part Documentary addressing the obesity epidemic featuring many researchers, including Yale's Rudd Center (Kelly Brownell, Marlene Schwartz, Rebecca Puhl) and the UCSF study on mindful eating (Episode 2). Premiered May 14th and 15th, 2012. You can now watch it online.

Food Addiction

Dr.Elissa Epel and other experts speak on Food Addiction at the Commonwealth Club of California.

Stess and Obesity

Barbara Laraia, PhD, UC Berkeley, reveals why neighborhoods and stress have a major impact on obesity and pregnancy.

Food Insecurity, Stress and Nutrition

Expert panel explores the relation of food insecurity, stress and nutrition. Panelists: Janet Tomiyama, UCLA – The Stigma of Obesity; Deborah Cohen, RAND Corporation – Stress and Built Environments; Barbara Laraia, UC Berkeley – Food Insecurity.

Can Interventions Help? - Stress Obesity and Pregnancy: The Next Generation

Barbara Laraia, PhD, discusses the future of interventions relating to stress, obesity, and pregnancy.

THE SKINNY ON OBESITY

AME Researchers are highlighted in this 7-part series on the obesity epidemic and the dire threat it poses to global public health.

THE COMPLETE SKINNY ON OBESITY

Millions have watched Dr. Robert Lustig's YouTube videos on the role sugar plays in obesity. In this compilation of the popular YouTube series "The Skinny on Obesity," Dr. Lustig and his UCSF colleagues dig deeper into the root causes of the obesity epidemic.

CHILDHOOD STRESS PREGNANCY WEIGHT AND TRANSMISSION OF WEIGHT

Barbara Abrams DrPH, RD. Professor of Epidemiology, Maternal and Child Health, and Public Health Nutrition; Head, Epidemiology/Biostatistics Program, UC Berkeley. Recorded on 05/20/2014. Series: "UCSF Center for Obesity Assessment, Study and Treatment" [Health and Medicine] [Professional Medical Education] [Show ID: 28517]

DIET AND LIFESTYLE TIPS FROM UCSF EXPERTS

Throughout "The Skinny on Obesity" series, Barbara Laraia and Elissa Epel of UCSF's Center for Obesity Assessment, Study and Treatment (COAST) have made the case that sugar and changes in the modern lifestyle have led to the global obesity epidemic. But what do they recommend we do about it in our daily lives?

A FAST PACED, FAST FOOD LIFE

The pace of modern life is a key contributor to today's obesity epidemic. UCSF's Elissa Epel and Barbara Laraia explain the stress connection and offer practical and effective solutions that don't involve dieting and exercise.

Sleep

Aric Prather on Learnskin

Is it really possible to make up for lost sleep? Watch AME co-director Aric Prather on the LearnSkin podcast as he explains sleep debt many more questions on how sleep influences our health and well being.

Gunnar Peterson talks with Dr. Aric Prather

Gunnar Peterson talks with Dr. Aric Prather, Assistant Professor at University of California San Francisco, about the importance of sleep. They address top questions from the MWI community. This is a community dialogue so please post or PM your questions, experiences, or insights about sleep to MWI's Facebook page.

The Science Is Extremely Clear: You Need to Prioritize Sleep

Sleep scientist Aric A. Prather, PhD, is challenged to explain the topic of sleep to 5 different people; a child, a teen, a college student, a grad student, and an expert.

Aric Prather, PhD—University of California, San Francisco Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Prather discusses the possible relationship between genetic changes and acute stressors, the potential heritability of stress behaviors, long-term impacts of early life trauma, and the surprising consistency of their findings in sleep research.

Sleep,Stress Aging,and Disease Understanding the Biological Pathways through which Health Behaviors Affect our Health—Aric Prather, PhD—University of California, San Francisco Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Aric Prather discusses biological affects of acute versus chronic stress, childhood trauma and long-term stress responses, and the possibility of heritable stress behaviors.

Sleep, Inflammation, and Metabolism: Sleep-worthy Connections!

Dr. Aric Prather explores the effect sleep loss has on our health and every day living. He looks at the relationship of sleep to metabolism and inflammatory disease.

Stress, Anxiety, & Depression

Elissa Epel and Rick Hanson: Strengthening Your Body Against Stress

Elissa Epel discusses the impacts of stress on your body and what you can do to protect, strengthen, and repair it.

Carter Lebares Introduction

Dr. Carter Lebares gives an introductory lesson on enhanced stress resilience training for physicians. 

Understanding perinatal depression

Dr. Jennifer Felder, PhD, presents her PTBi fellowship research during the July 2017 Transdisciplinary Fellowship Showcase on understanding and improving perinatal depression.

Food Insecurity and Stress: From the Inside Out

Dr. Cindy Leung explains the novel mechanism of stress in the relation between food insecurity and health.

Stress and Health: How to Remain Resilient

Dr. Alexandra Croswell describes how experiencing psychological stress impacts cognitive and physical health across the lifespan, and how to utilize "good stress" responses and other tools to build stress resilience.

Stress Network Dissemination

Dr. Alexandra Croswell discusses the Stress Measurement Network, its tools and goals for stress research. 

The Roots of Stress

Dr. Elissa Epel gives a lecture, at the 2014 APS Presidential Symposium, about chronic stress and cellular aging. 

The Science of Stress

A documentary by the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research focusing on 3 of our UCSF studies - SAGE, MAMAS, and SEED.

What stress does to your body (it isn’t always bad!)

Stressed out about coronavirus? Or everything else? Americans are some of the most stressed-out people in the world. But according to UCSF’s Dr. Elissa Epel, not all stress is the same. Hint: It’s all about *how* you react to the things that stress you out.

March 24, 2020

Sadness and the Cell: Is Depression All in Your Body or is it All in Your Mind?

Is stress just in your head or can its impact be physical? Owen M. Wolkowitz, MD examines how stress and depression can affect the body on a cellular level and shares treatment and lifestyle interventions that can help.

Coping with the Daily Stress of Caregiving with AME's Dr. Alexandra Crosswell

Alexandra Crosswell, PhD is a psychological scientist in the UCSF's Center for Health and Community where she studies the effect of stress on health and aging. She is currently studying the effects of the experiences of adult caregivers, and what can help caregivers thrive in their difficult role. She shares her research and the latests findings here on BlogTalkRadio. 

2017

2014 APS Presidential Symposium: Elissa S. Epel

The APS 2014 Presidential Symposium, hosted by President Liz Phelps, focused on stress mechanisms. More videos can be seen here. Everyday life is full of frustrations and demands that lead to stress. Stress results in a host of neurohormonal changes that can both enhance and impair adaptive function.

INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS

This mini documentary, made by Michanek Gunnar of Stockholm, is a fantastic introduction to mindfulness by Jon Kabat Zinn, with a little Swedish commentary, and a little on telomerase relations.

LOVE AND WISDOM IN A TIME OF STRESS

Jon Kabat Zinn and Elissa Epel talk to a group in Dallas, Texas about science, contemplative wisdom, and applications. Sponsored by Lynn Lectures and Momentus Institute. 

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