RESOURCES ON AGING & TELOMERES

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF MEDICINE ANNUAL MEETING “AGING SOCIETY: INFLUENCES, INTERVENTIONS, IMPACTS.”

Dr. Elissa Epel gives a 5 minute overview of mechanisms of chronic stress and aging biology, including intergenerational transmission

EMOTIONS, STRESS, AND RATE OF TELOMERE SHORTENING: ARE OUR CELLS LISTENING TO US?

Lecture by Elissa Epel to the UCSF Mini Medical School, 2012 -Introduced by Wendy Berry Mendes, the Sarlo/Ekman Associate Professor of Emotion in UCSF's Department of Psychiatry.

AME Researchers Janet Wojcicki and Elissa Epel, leading professors at the University of California, San Francisco, sit down with Jason Wachob 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.

AME Researchers Janet Wojcicki and Elissa Epel, leading professors at the University of California, San Francisco, sit down with Jason Wachob 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.

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


RESOURCES ON SLEEP

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.


RESOURCES ON OBESITY

Click here for THE SKINNY ON OBESITY: AME Researchers are highlighted in this this 7-part UCTV 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.


RESOURCES ON STRESS, ANXIETY & MINDFULNESS

 

APS 2014 PRESIDENTIAL SYMPOSIUM

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.

THE MINDFUL GENOME: HOW OUR MINDSET SHAPES OUR GENE EXPRESSION. 

Presented at Wisdom 2.0, 2013. With Dr. Elissa Epel, UCSF Department of Psychiatry, and Dr. Steve Cole, UCLA School of Medicine and HopeLab, at Wisdom 2.0 2013. http://www.wisdom2conference.com.
 

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. 

ShareCare Lecture Series: 

Follow AME Director Dr. Elissa Epel on SHARECARE where she gives short answers about the fundamentals of stress. Browse over 15 videos on topics like:

 

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RESOURCES ON PARENTING STRESS

FAMILY CAREGIVING AS FATE BUT ALSO OPPORTUNITY: VIEWS FROM MIND AND BODY.

This was part of the UCSF Osher Mini Medical School series on “Healthy Mind, Healthy Body: A Woman's Guide To Wellness In Today's Challenging World.” There is a also 10 minute introduction to the women’s health series by Dr. Margaret Chesney, Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.

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RESOURCES ON MEDITATION

Start Meditating Now! Try this app recommended by AME Experts. This video describes what Headspace is and how to get the most out of it.

The Science of Meditation - can it really change you? From infamous criminals, to powerful corporations, to some of the world's most successful athletes, meditation has never been so popular. But can it really make you smarter, happier and healthier? Documentary by Claire Smith of ABC TV in Australia. A wide ranging 25-minute documentary that includes a brief piece on cellular aging.

Meditation Research and Practice Centers:

  • Upaya Zen Center: Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico offers daily Zen meditation, weekly dharma talks, and programs on Buddhist teachings, art, neuroscience, and social engagement
  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center: The practice of mindful awareness, called Insight Meditation, is at the heart of all the activities at Spirit Rock. They provide silent meditation retreats, as well as classes, trainings, and Dharma study opportunities for new and experienced students from diverse backgrounds with a willingness to develop their own practice
  • Mind and Life Institute: The Mind & Life Institute is a non-profit organization committed to building a scientific understanding of the mind as a way to help reduce suffering and promote human flourishing