Is Aging a Disease? Healthspan, Rapamycin, and The Dog Aging Project with Matt Kaeberlein, PhD

Matt Kaeberlien is one of the leading researchers on the science of aging. I was beyond honored to have him on the show to discuss this now almost clieche question: “Is aging a disease?” Although the FDA and other health professionals don’t want to categorizes it as such, aging has many of the similarities of a disease.

This being the case we can, if willing, combat aging in a pro-active manner as though we were fighting a disease.

Matt is one of the leading experts in the burgeoning field of healthspan sciences. It’s not enough we are living longer. We must find ways to live healthier longer.

Matt has been at the forefront of research on Rapamycin, which while not a panacea has shown to be a powerful deterrent of some of the symptoms of aging. This was such a fascinating conversation, and I feel so lucky to have been able to share this time with Matt. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.

Research Interests

Dr. Kaeberlein’s research interests are focused on biological mechanisms of aging in order to facilitate translational interventions that promote healthspan and improve quality of life.

Academic and Medical Appointments

Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2021-present

Adjunct Professor of Oral Health Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2016-present

Adjunct Professor of Genome Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2015-present

Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2015-2020

Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2011-2015

Adjunct Associate Professor of Genome Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 2014-2015

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2006-2011

Education and Training

Degrees

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2003-2006

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, Biology, Doctorate of Philosophy, 2002

Western Washington University, Seattle, WA, Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, 1994-1997

The Dog Aging Project

About the Project

The goal of the Dog Aging Project is to understand how genes, lifestyle, and environment influence aging. We want to use that information to help pets and people increase healthspan, the period of life spent free from disease.

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