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Understanding the Behaviour of Mitochondria – Martin Picard #565

Understanding the Behaviour of Mitochondria – Martin Picard #565

Martin Picard, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Medicine in Psychiatry and Neurology at Columbia University. For over a decade, Martin has been studying mitochondria and has worked closely with leading experts in the field of mitochondrial research.

In 2015, he joined the faculty at Columbia University where he established the Mitochondrial Signaling Laboratory. He’s currently investigating mechanisms of mind-body interactions, specifically regarding novel principles that underlie mitochondrial responses to stressors, the maintenance of human health, and the influence of mitochondrial defects on complex cellular and physiological processes including aging.

In this episode, we talk about the exciting research happening in his lab and what mitochondria tell us about our health.

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Understanding the Behaviour of Mitochondria – Martin Picard #565

Links/Resources

Websites:

Published Research: picardlab.org/publications.html

Dr. Picard’s publication co-authored with Dr. Elissa Epel: “An energetic view of stress: Focus on mitochondria

YouTube: Dr. Picard’s 2018 Kaufman Repage Lecture at Wagner College, “An Energetic View of the Brain-Body Connection,”

Show Notes

  • The reason we are alive and the reason we breathe is from energy (Mitochondria) 00:07:25
  • Mitochondria as Xi 00:16:55
  • Mitochondria is the interface between psyche and Soma 00:22:25
  • Why Martin doesn’t use any mitochondria enhancers (except tea) 00:27:30
  • Bigger Ideas:
  • What does Martin do for his mitochondria? 00:18:00
  • Mitochondria do the opposite of what plants do 00:24:20
  • Mitochondrial function and depression 00:28:45
  • Antibiotics, helpful or harmful? 00:31:30
  • Antidepressants and mitochondria health 00:33:05
  • The network behaviour of a system 00:41:20
  • Mitochondria’s role in hormones 00:43:50
  • How evolution depends on mitochondria 00:51:00

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