Episode 24

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24th Jan 2022

Grey Hair, Don't Care

Hair greying is thought to be an irreversible event related to life stress, but the process has never been extensively studied. For the first time, researchers at Columbia University use novel techniques with hair imaging and a daily diary to demonstrate that hair greying is not only associated with stressful life events, but that the process is reversible and correlated with metabolic changes in mitochondria. Better understanding this process may give us more information on how our bodies biologically respond to psychological stressors and opens new roads to potentially reversing hair greying.

Rosenberg et al. Quantitative mapping of human hair greying and reversal in relation to life stress. eLife, June 2021. DOI: 10.7554/eLife.67437

The information presented here is not medical advice. Consult your physician on any questions regarding your personal health.

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Hey science nerds! Welcome to Beyond the Abstract, a science podcast dedicated to discussion of the coolest cutting edge, basic science research papers in a way that just about anyone can understand. We're your hosts, Derek and Ellen, two MD/PhD students at the University of Pennsylvania who are passionate about science communication and bridging the gap between science and medicine.

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Derek Sung, PhD

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Derek is a 6th year MD/PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania interested in developmental and vascular biology with plans to apply into Obstetrics & Gynecology. He received his PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology in 2022. He is the founder, co-developer, and co-host of Beyond the Abstract.

In his spare time, he likes to listen to All Star by Smash Mouth on repeat, smile too big for photos, pretend to be a sommelier, and throw epic Halloween parties with his roommate.

Ellen White

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Ellen is a 3rd year MD/PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania interested in microbiome research with the hopes of specializing in GI medicine. She is a co-developer and co-host of Beyond the Abstract. You can find her listening to Work by Rihanna (feat. Drake) on repeat, getting too invested in college basketball games, or shamelessly watching Real Housewives.

Dan Weiner

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Dan is a 4th year MD/PhD student at Harvard Medical School interested in genomics and neuropsychiatric disease research. He is co-host of Beyond the Abstract.

In his spare time you can find him watching every suggested YouTube video (mostly Colbert and cooking clips) and looking forward to watching the Red Sox at Fenway after the pandemic is over.