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Episode 22: Dietary Nitrates for Health and Performance with Ravi Kumar

Episode 22: Dietary Nitrates for Health and Performance with Ravi Kumar

November 29, 2020

In episode 22 of the Science & Chill podcast, I have a conversation with one of my great friends and fantastic scientist, Ravi Kumar. 

 

Ravi is a PhD student in the department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of Florida (we share a building!). 

 

His lab focuses on the effects of dietary nitrate supplementation on muscle function and also conducts research in animal models of heart failure. Ravi recently published an article in the Journal of Physiology showing that nitrate supplementation improves respiratory muscle function in rodents, and we talk a bit about that paper in this podcast. 

 

In addition to talking about his research, we geek out on endurance sports, which is a frequent topic of conversation between Ravi and I. 

 

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Relevant links

Follow Ravi on Twitter: @RaviKumar1003

Read Ravi's Paper: Dietary Nitrate Supplementation Increases Diaphragm Peak Power in Old Mice

Paper we discuss in the podcast: Physiological Demands of Running at 2-hour Marathon Race Pace

 

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Episode 21:The Runner’s High (and Runner’s Low) with Jack Butler

Episode 21:The Runner’s High (and Runner’s Low) with Jack Butler

November 19, 2020

In episode 21 of Science & Chill, I have a conversation with my great friend, running partner, and lifetime "rival" Jack Butler. 

 

We talk about the runner's high, runner's low, and other important topics. 

 

This is the second time Jack has been on my podcast, also appearing on episode 9.

 

This episode was tailored for and released on Jack's own podcast, the Young Americans podcast. Check it out!

 

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Episode 20: Black in Cancer and Cancer Biology with Dr. Henry Henderson III

Episode 20: Black in Cancer and Cancer Biology with Dr. Henry Henderson III

October 19, 2020

In Episode 20 of Science & Chill, I speak with Dr. Henry Henderson. 

 

Dr. Henderson is a post-doctoral fellow in the department of Hematology/Oncology. His research focuses on understanding non-small cell lung cancer and improving therapeutic strategies targeting oncogenic mutations in Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase domain with a particular focus on mechanisms of sensitivity and resistance to agents used in clinical practice.

 

Dr. Henderson is also the co-founder of Black in Cancer, an organization that began this year with the goal of "Strengthening Networks and Highlighting Black Excellence in Cancer Research and Medicine."

 

We talk about issues regarding race in academia, medicine, and health disparities. We also talk about Dr. Henderson's research on cancer biology and some exciting projects he's working on. I had a great time speaking with him and I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation.

 

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Follow Black in Cancer on Twitter

BlackinCancer.com

Dr. Henderson's VUMC profile page

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Episode19 (Re-release!): Blood Pressure, Nutrition, and Exercise Performance with Dr. Austin Robinson

Episode19 (Re-release!): Blood Pressure, Nutrition, and Exercise Performance with Dr. Austin Robinson

October 15, 2020

To recognize the ongoing #BlackinPhysiology week (October 12-16, 2020), I'm re-releasing this interview with Dr. Austin Robinson.

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In this episode of Science & Chill, my guest is Dr. Austin Robinson from Auburn University. 

Dr. Robinson is an expert in blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and exercise. His main research interest focus on how blood pressure is influenced by lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, and even race. We share a common research interest in the fact that Austin is also interested in studying blood vessel function, a topic we cover in detail during this episode. 

Along with these topics, we discuss endurance exercise performance and review a study he was a lead author on that profiled a 70-year old marathoner who holds the world record for his age group! 

I was really excited to have Austin on, and hope you enjoy this wide-ranging conversation with a fantastic scientist and human being. 

 

Relevant links:

Follow Austin on Twitter: @AusRob_PhD

Austin's publications: Google Scholar

Auburn University Neurovascular Physiology Lab

Link to NEJM paper on 70-year old marathon WR holder: "Record Breaking Performance in a 70-Year Old Marathoner"

Episode 18: (Re-release!) A Conversation on Race in Academia with Dr. NiCole Keith

Episode 18: (Re-release!) A Conversation on Race in Academia with Dr. NiCole Keith

October 13, 2020

This episode was originally released on June 15, 2020, but I've decided to repost it in honor of "Black in Physiology" week (October 12-16, 2020).

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In episode 13 of Science and Chill, I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. NiCole Keith, who recently took over as the 64th president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) -- becoming the first African American leader of the organization. 

In addition to her role as president, Dr. Keith is a professor in the department of kinesiology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis -- or IUPUI. She also holds positions as the associate dean of faculty affairs in the school of health and human sciences at IUPUI and is actively involved in research roles at the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and an investigator at the Regenstrief Institute -- a research organization centered around finding innovative strategies to improve human health and end disease. 

Dr. Keith’s research focuses on physical activity and health promotion. Specifically, she is interested in community-based physical activity research participation, health equity, and developing and implementing physical fitness standards for children, adult, and patient populations.

 

Relevant links:

Follow Dr. Keith on Twitter

Link to ACSM Website

Register for the ACSM virtual experience

Learn more about the Regenstrief Institute

 

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Episode 17: COVID-19, Mental Health, and Life in the Emergency Room with Shivam Shah

Episode 17: COVID-19, Mental Health, and Life in the Emergency Room with Shivam Shah

September 12, 2020

In this episode of Science & Chill, I have a conversation with my good friend Shivam Shah. Shivam and I graduated high school together back in 2012, and this was a great opportunity to catch up with him and learn about all of the awesome work he is involved in. 

 

Shivam is a 4th year medical student at the University of Toledo. He's involved in several projects focused on mental health of medical residents during COVID-19 along with multiple other clinical trials, which we talk about extensively in this episode. We discuss our nation's response to COVID and what we can learn from our current pandemic. Shivam also shares some powerful stories about his time working in the ER. 

 

Relevant links

Shivam has given 2 TED Talks:

A Lesson in Classical Music 

How to Go from Failure to Success

Follow Shivam on Twitter @shivamsshah

 

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Episode 16: Plant-based Diets and Heart Health with Dr. Monica Aggarwal

Episode 16: Plant-based Diets and Heart Health with Dr. Monica Aggarwal

August 25, 2020

In this episode of Science & Chill, I speak with Dr. Monica Aggarwal. Dr. Aggarwal is a cardiologist at the University of Florida, where she focuses on using lifestyle-based strategies, in particular plant-based diets, to improve patient health. She is a strong advocate for improving the quality of menus inside hospitals and is involved in several nationwide efforts to implement healthier food into our medical system.

Whether you're plant-based or omnivorous, you'll love this episode. 

 

Relevant links

- Follow Dr. Aggarwal on Twitter

- Dr. Aggarwal's personal website

- UF's plant-based menu video (ft. Dr. Aggarwal)

- Dr. Aggarwal's book "Body on Fire" on Amazon

- Dr. Aggarwal's publications

 

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Episode 15: Protein Myths and Sports Supplements with Dr. Jose Antonio

Episode 15: Protein Myths and Sports Supplements with Dr. Jose Antonio

August 8, 2020

In this episode of Science & Chill, I speak with Dr. Jose Antonio.

Dr. Antonio is The CEO of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), which he founded in 2003. The ISSN is a non-profit academic society dedicated to promoting the science and application of evidence-based sports nutrition and supplementation. They are the world lead in science-based sports nutrition and supplement information, hosting annual conferences and publishing the latest science in the foundation’s very own peer-reviewed journal: the journal of the international society of sports nutrition (JISSN).

 

Dr. Antonio is also the program director and  associate professor of exercise and sport science and Nova Southeastern University, where his areas of research focus on the role of sports nutrition in relation to athletic performance and body composition, the role of high-protein diets in health and body composition in bodybuilders and other athletes and more recently, how training and nutrition can affect performance in stand-up paddling athletes. 

 

Our conversation covers the history of the sports supplement industry, why science is so important to sports supplements, and bust some widely-believed myths about high-protein diets. We also discuss reasons for the "runners" high  and why coffee and rice are his go-to food choices. 

 

Relevant links:

- Follow Dr. Antonio on Twitter 

- The ISSN on Instagram and Facebook

- International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) web site

- Dr. Antonio's faculty page at Nova Southeastern

- Dr. Antonio's publications (Google Scholar)

- Link to High-Protein Diet study in bodybuilders that we discuss in this episode

- Dr. Antonio talking about "protein myths" and "fitness myths" with Bodybuilding.com

 

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Episode 14: Harvard Neurobiologists on Why Sleep Deprivation is Lethal

Episode 14: Harvard Neurobiologists on Why Sleep Deprivation is Lethal

June 29, 2020

In this episode of Science & Chill, I speak with three researchers from Harvard University -- Dr. Dragana Rogulja, Dr. Alexandra Vaccaro, and Dr. Yosef Kaplan Dor -- on the evolutionary origins of sleep, what the function of sleep is, and how a lack of sleep can be fatal (at least in flies and mice). 

Their lab just published a study showing that sleep deprivation causes flies and mice to die after about 5-10 days, and provides a mechanism as to how this happens (hint...it involves the gut!). 

I was excited to have this conversation and learned so much, and I know you will too.

 

 

Relevant links:

Rogulja lab website

Link to study: "Sleep loss can cause death through accumulation of reactive oxygen species in the gut"

Study free full text

 

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Episode 13: A Conversation on Race in Academia with ACSM President Dr. NiCole Keith

Episode 13: A Conversation on Race in Academia with ACSM President Dr. NiCole Keith

June 15, 2020

In episode 13 of Science and Chill, I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. NiCole Keith, who recently took over as the 64th president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) -- becoming the first African American leader of the organization. 

In addition to her role as president, Dr. Keith is a professor in the department of kinesiology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis -- or IUPUI. She also holds positions as the associate dean of faculty affairs in the school of health and human sciences at IUPUI and is actively involved in research roles at the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and an investigator at the Regenstrief Institute -- a research organization centered around finding innovative strategies to improve human health and end disease. 

Dr. Keith’s research focuses on physical activity and health promotion. Specifically, she is interested in community-based physical activity research participation, health equity, and developing and implementing physical fitness standards for children, adult, and patient populations.

 

Relevant links:

Follow Dr. Keith on Twitter

Link to ACSM Website

Register for the ACSM virtual experience

Learn more about the Regenstrief Institute

 

Podcast links:

Watch this podcast and previous episodes on YouTube

Support Science & Chill on Patreon

Follow Science & Chill on Twitter

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