The Telomere Effect
With Elissa Epel
Microbiologist and Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn is best known for her pioneering study of the nature of telomeres, the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes, which are linked to a host of age-related illnesses, from cancer to heart disease. Join her and leading health psychologist Elissa Epel for a fascinating discussion about The Telomere Effect: The New Science of Living Younger, their new book that explores the role of telomeres in the aging process, and what we can do to improve and lengthen our telomeres to keep us vital and disease-free.
Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn discovered the unique nature of telomeres and telomerase. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009 with two colleagues for their discovery of telomeres and their role in the aging process. Dr. Blackburn is currently president of the Salk Institute.
Dr. Elissa Epel is a leading health psychologist and founder and director of UCSF's Center on Obesity Assessment, Study, and Treatment (COAST).