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Making Sense of Science features interviews with leading medical and scientific experts about the latest developments in health innovation and the big ethical and social questions they raise. The podcast is hosted by science journalist Matt Fuchs

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Making Sense of Science features interviews with leading medical and scientific experts about the latest developments in health innovation and the big ethical and social questions they raise. The podcast is hosted by science journalist Matt Fuchs

    Therapies for Healthy Aging with Dr. Alexandra Bause

    Therapies for Healthy Aging with Dr. Alexandra Bause

    My guest today is Dr. Alexandra Bause, a biologist who has dedicated her career to advancing health, medicine and healthier human lifespans. Dr. Bause co-founded a company called Apollo Health Ventures in 2017. She is currently a venture partner at Apollo and immersed in the exciting work going on in Apollo’s Venture Lab. The company is focused on assembling a team of investors to realize important scientific breakthroughs in the life sciences. Dr. Bause and Apollo Health Ventures say th...

    • 49 min
    How to Measure Your Stress with Dr. Rosalind Picard

    How to Measure Your Stress with Dr. Rosalind Picard

    Today’s podcast guest is Rosalind Picard, a researcher, inventor named on over 100 patents, entrepreneur, author, professor and engineer. When it comes to the science related to endowing computer software with emotional intelligence, she wrote the book. It’s published by MIT Press and called Affective Computing.Dr. Picard is founder and director of the MIT Media Lab’s Affective Computing Research Group. Her research and engineering contributions have been recognized internationally, for examp...

    • 34 min
    How to Use the Immune System Against Cancer and Alzheimer's, with Dr. Paul Song

    How to Use the Immune System Against Cancer and Alzheimer's, with Dr. Paul Song

    On today’s episode of Making Sense of Science, I’m honored to be joined by Dr. Paul Song, a physician, oncologist, progressive activist and biotech chief medical officer. Through his company, NKGen Biotech, Dr. Song is leveraging the power of patients’ own immune systems by supercharging the body’s natural killer cells to make new treatments for Alzheimer’s and cancer. Whereas other treatments for Alzheimer’s focus directly on reducing the build-up of proteins in the brain such as amyloi...

    • 58 min
    Leading XPRIZE Healthspan and Beating Negativity, with Dr. Peter Diamandis

    Leading XPRIZE Healthspan and Beating Negativity, with Dr. Peter Diamandis

    A new competition by the XPRIZE Foundation is offering $101 million to researchers if they discover therapies that allow seniors to perform like when they were 10 to 20 years younger. For today’s episode, I talked with Dr. Peter Diamandis, XPRIZE’s founder and executive chairman. Under Peter’s leadership, XPRIZE has launched 27 previous competitions with over $300 million in prize purses. The lastest contest aims to enhance healthspan, or the period of life when older people can pla...

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    New psychedelics that rewire the brain for more well-being, with Doug Drysdale

    New psychedelics that rewire the brain for more well-being, with Doug Drysdale

    A promising development in science in recent years has been the advance of technologies that take something natural and use technology to optimize it. This episode features a fascinating example: using tech to optimize psychedelic mushrooms.These mushrooms have been used for religious, spiritual and medicinal purposes for thousands of years but only in the past several decades have scientists brought psychedelics into the lab to enhance them and maximize their therapeutic value.Today’s podcas...

    • 36 min
    Fast for Longevity, with Less Hunger, with Dr. Valter Longo

    Fast for Longevity, with Less Hunger, with Dr. Valter Longo

    You’ve probably heard about intermittent fasting, where you don’t eat for about 16 hours each day and limit the window where you’re taking in food to the remaining 8 hours.But there’s another type of fasting, called fasting-mimicking diet, with studies pointing to important benefits for health and longevity. For today’s episode, I chatted with Dr. Valter Longo, a biogerontologist at the University of Southern California about all kinds of fasting, and particularly the fasting-mimicking diet, ...

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