• Challenges to Advancing Aging Research: Season 3 Finale

    Today's episode revisits every guest from season 3 of living healthy longer and their answers to the S3 standing question: Can you identify a major challenge in your field that must be overcome to see real improvements in healthspan or healthy aging research?


    Fill out the podcast feedback form! Your response will help our host plan future episodes.

    Sign up here to participate in healthy aging studies at CSU.

    Join CSU's Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging newsletter listserv.

    24m | Jul 11, 2023
  • The Dog Aging Project with Dr. Kate E. Creevy

    Dr. Kate E. Creevy is a board-certified small animal veterinary internist at Texas A&M University with a primary research interest in canine longevity and healthspan. Creevy – a founder of the Dog Aging Project – shares some interesting findings about diet, cognitive function and physical activity from the first data release of 27,000 pet dogs enrolled in DAP.

    37m | Jun 19, 2023
  • Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities with Dr. Ronica Rooks

    According to the CDC, health disparities are "preventable differences in the burden of disease...that are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations."

    Ronica Rooks, a professor of health and behavioral sciences at CU-Denver, joins to discuss racial and ethnic health disparities affecting older adults. Gentrification and social determinants of health are explored, as well as Rooks' studies on working and volunteering as strategies to stave off dementia risk.


    "Key Data on Health and Health Care by Race and Ethnicity" by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

    "Minority Population Profiles" from HHS Office of Minority Health.

    2023 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures from the AA.

    Learn about the 3-30-300 rule on Wild Ideas Worth Living.

    34m | Jun 6, 2023
  • Balance Fitness for Longer Healthspan with Dr. Ava Segal

    Ava Segal is the founder and CEO of Steadi Systems, a health-tech startup out of Golden, CO that is providing solutions for better balance health and awareness. In this episode, Segal discusses the importance of balance fitness and introduces us to Steadiplay: an engaging balance training tool she invented for her doctoral research at Colorado School of Mines.


    Find Segal on LinkedIn or email her at ava@steadisystems.com

    Watch Steadiplay in action here.

    36m | May 22, 2023
  • Muscle Strength and Alzheimer's Risk with Dr. Shelby Osburn

    Is it possible that researchers can find signs of future cognitive decline in muscles before the brain ever shows a deficit? Shelby Osburn, a postdoctoral researcher in CSU's Healthspan Biology Lab, thinks yes. In this episode, Osburn describes her recent proposal to examine the fascinating relationship between skeletal muscle and Alzheimer's disease.

    25m | May 9, 2023
  • From Virus to Virus with Dr. Greg Ebel

    Greg Ebel, a professor and director of CSU's Center for Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases, discusses his lab’s history of surveillance and prevention strategies for arboviruses (West Nile, dengue and Zika viruses), and how that work poised his team to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic early in 2020.

    33m | Apr 25, 2023
  • Nontuberculous Infection with Drs. Alan Schenkel and Ed Chan

    About five years ago, some patients in Denver were suffering from a stubborn lung disease that, despite ongoing treatments, was not responding to antibiotics. Patients' symptoms kept worsening, and Drs. Alan Schenkel and Ed Chan were curious.

    Tune in to hear them describe NTM infection, a lung disease that is becoming more common in adults over the age of 50. What are nontuberculous mycobacteria, and what is it about certain people’s immune responses that make them more susceptible to NTM infection than others?


    Read more about NTM from the American Lung Association.

    35m | Apr 10, 2023
  • Prions and Alzheimer's with Dr. Candace Mathiason

    Associate Professor of Pathobiology Candace Mathiason introduces us to the weird ways of prions and how they can be used as models for Alzheimer’s disease in humans. Mathiason describes her past research in retroviruses and the approach her lab is taking to develop tests that can detect Alzheimer’s earlier in the disease’s progression.


    Learn more about prions from the NIH and the CDC.

    Read about CSU's history in chronic wasting disease research from The Coloradoan.

    30m | Mar 27, 2023
  • Depression and Cognitive Decline with Dr. Stephen Aichele

    Dr. Stephen Aichele, a quantitative psychologist at CSU, describes the relationship between depression and cognitive decline, and how data science methods can be used to determine predictors of cognitive changes. We briefly discuss the effects of air pollution and lead exposure on cognitive development, and Aichele shares what his research reveals about three key predictors of depression risk following middle age: social isolation, poor health and mobility issues.

    33m | Mar 13, 2023
  • The Aging Heart with Dr. Zhijie Wang

    Zhijie Wang, an assistant professor in CSU’s School of Biomedical Engineering, discusses the anatomy of the heart and why the right ventricle has historically been viewed as the “forgotten chamber" in research. We also discuss tissue engineering as a therapy for heart failure and disease.


    Read about the world's first 3D-printed heart using human cells, created by Israeli scientists in 2019.

    Visit Wang's CardioVascular Biomechanics Laboratory.

    36m | Feb 20, 2023
  • Everything About Sleep with Dr. Josiane Broussard

    Josiane Broussard – an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science and the director of the Sleep and Metabolism Lab at CSU – explains the importance of sleep and why this essential behavior is key to every process in the body. How do our sleeping patterns change with age, and what can you do to build a better sleep schedule?


    Find tips for healthy sleep from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society.

    36m | Feb 6, 2023
  • Your Brain on Nature with Dr. Sara LoTemplio

    Sara LoTemplio – a new assistant professor in CSU’s Human Dimensions of Natural Resources department – is here to talk about the restorative effects of nature on the brain. From indigenous teachings, to how the heart and brain respond to being outdoors, LoTemplio shares her preliminary ideas on how interactions with nature might slow cognitive decline in older adults and boost mood and attention span.


    Find the RAAIN Lab here.

    Read "Braiding Sweetgrass" by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

    Learn about the University of Washington's Indigenous Wellness Research Institute here.

    35m | Jan 23, 2023
  • An Exciting Future for Aging Research: Season 2 Finale

    Today's episode revisits every guest from Season 2 of living healthy longer and what makes them most excited for the future of aging studies. Where is aging research going and what makes CHA affiliate faculty hopeful?

    Our show will return for Season 3 in January 2023! Sign up for our newsletter at healthyaging.colostate.edu for updates in the meantime.

    36m | Jan 9, 2023
  • Women Leaders in STEM with Drs. Nicole Ehrhart and Lise Youngblade

    Today's show is a special two-part episode with the Health and Human Science Matters podcast, hosted by the College of Health and Human Sciences' Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Matt Hickey, and the college’s Digital Media Strategist, Avery Martin.

    We teamed up to speak with Dean Lise Youngblade and Dr. Nicole Ehrhart, the former interim and current directors of the Center for Healthy Aging, to have a conversation about women as leaders in science.

    Listen to part 1 over at the HHSM podcast, where Ehrhart and Youngblade discuss their trajectories, hobbies, and roles as female leaders in STEM.

    Then, come back here for part 2 to learn why CSU is uniquely positioned to study models of aging because of its land-grant mission. Dr. Ehrhart describes the Center’s Longitudinal COVID-19 Screening Study in Nursing Facilities, and Dean Youngblade shares about CSU’s role in responding to the mental health crisis in Colorado, both locally and in rural areas across the state.


    40m | Dec 19, 2022
  • Connecting Through Dance with Lisa Morgan

    Lisa Morgan, an instructor in CSU’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, discusses how it feels physically and emotionally to connect with others through the art of dance. Morgan shares the cognitive benefits of movement through dance and introduces her Moving Through Parkinson's program, a dance class for people living with Parkinson's disease.

    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    33m | Dec 5, 2022
  • Yoga and Brain Injury with Drs. Jaclyn Stephens and Arlene Schmid

    Jaclyn Stephens and Arlene Schmid, faculty in CSU’s Department of Occupational Therapy, join to share an update about a study that aims to build support for yoga therapy as a treatment for disability and chronic brain injury.

    Read more on CSU's SOURCE or from the Boettcher Foundation.

    37m | Jun 27, 2022
  • The Bio-Aging Study with Dr. Tom LaRocca

    Assistant Professor Tom LaRocca from CSU's Department of Health and Exercise Science is back to tell us about a new study from his lab that is investigating repetitive elements in the genome as biomarkers for aging.

    40m | Jun 14, 2022
  • Lifespan Technology Use with Dr. Adela Chen

    Associate Professor Adela Chen from CSU’s Department of Computer Information Systems describes how social media use relates to early childhood experiences, and how the boundaries between our professional and personal lives are blurred by the use of technology at work and at home.

    40m | May 31, 2022
  • Aging Policy in Colorado with Jodi Waterhouse

    Jodi Waterhouse is the director of outreach programs at the University of Colorado Anschutz Multidisciplinary Center on Aging. Beyond creating programs for the Center, Jodi is also an advocate at the state capitol for issues facing older Coloradans. Here we talk with Jodi about two bills that aim to increase the number of medical providers for older adults in Colorado.

    Read more about SB21-158: Loan Forgiveness for Geriatric-Trained Clinicians, and visit here to apply for loan forgiveness.

    Read more about SB22-189: the Colorado Geriatric Provider Pipeline Program.

    35m | May 17, 2022
  • Regenerative Medicine 2.0 with Dr. Nicole Ehrhart

    CHA director, Dr. Nicole Ehrhart, joins us to discuss regenerative medicine, a line of research that helps to repair or regrow damaged tissue and organs. Ehrhart discusses stem cell therapy as a foundation for regenerative medicine, and then explains a new, cutting-edge approach to addressing age-related diseases: extracellular vesicle therapy for sarcopenia.

    39m | May 2, 2022
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