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Way back in the 5th century BC, Herodotus wrote about a fountain with extraordinary powers: a fountain of youth. At Moses Znaimer's ideacity Conference, held this past June in Toronto, doctors and scientists talked about the very latest research into longevity. Forget healing waters, now it's all about genetics, stem cells and yes, what's on your plate.
Featured speakers in this episode:
Jack Andraka is a teenage American inventor, scientist and cancer researcher. He is known for his work in developing a rapid, inexpensive, and patent pending method to detect an increase of a protein that indicates the presence of pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer during their early stages.
Dr. Antonei Csoka is a biogerontologist who works on the molecular biology of aging. He's a proponent of life extension, cryonics and transhumanism. He is a scientific advisor to the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, and the Lifeboat Foundation.
Dr. David Jenkins is a professor in the department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. He's credited with developing the concept of the glycemic index as a way of explaining the way in which dietary carbohydrate impacts blood sugar. His present interest is the potential of diet to prevent and treat chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Dr. Olga Kavalchuk is a professor and biological sciences and epigenetics researcher at the University of Lethbridge, and has devoted her work to finding out what effect long-term exposure to radiation has on the body. Dr. Kovalchuk and her team are looking beyond inherited genetics and DNA to figure out how the external environment triggers illness or DNA damage.
Dr. Barry Merriman recent research is focused on solving for the genetic causes of human disease. Currently, at Human Longevity Inc., he is integrating state-of-the-art "omic", cellular and information technologies to prevent the common diseases of ageing.