Hosted by EIC Mikael Angelo Francisco, Ask Theory shines the spotlight on Pinoy scientific brilliance, in a fun and entertaining “kwentuhan” format. Each episode of Ask Theory features a Pinoy scientist from one of the various scientific disciplines. In a very casual conversation, guests explain what they do in simple terms, as well as share their fascinating stories: how they got into science, the challenges they face, what motivates them to pursue their fields, what future scientists from the Philippines can look forward to, and so much more.
Episode 42: “Forever Chemicals” sa Katawan: Paano Ba Maiiwasan?
This episode features Dr. Michael C. Velarde, a professor at the Institute of Biology, University of the Philippines Diliman. He has a strong background in the study of female reproduction, aging, and related diseases. One of his research projects involves studying how environmental chemicals influence disease development and progression.
We talked about PFAS and the health risks associated with them, the gaps in Philippine research regarding women’s health, how Filipinos are affected by PFAS, the dangers of immediately drawing conclusions from limited scientific data, involving young Pinoy students and scientists in health and environment research, and more.
[0:00] A quotable quote from Dr. Michael Velarde.
[1:13] Introducing Dr. Michael.
[2:49] More information about Dr. Michael.
[6:48] Dr. Michael’s mission as a scientist.
[11:19] The state of research on women’s health in the Philippines.
[13:58] Understanding PFAS: What they are, and the dangers associated with them.
[16:12] Why PFAS stay in the body after consumption.
[17:41] How Filipinos are affected by PFAS.
[20:49] Why we should be cautious when interpreting new scientific data.
[25:07] How to limit PFAS exposure – and if it’s possible to expel PFAS from the body.
[32:08] How Dr. Michael involves students and young scientists in research related to the environment and health.
[35:50] The best way to reach out to Dr. Michael.
[36:28] Dr. Michael’s advice to aspiring Filipino scientists.
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Author: Mikael Angelo Francisco
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