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Fri, Sep 01


Zoom-Fri 11:00amEST/8:00amPST-13 Weeks

The Telomere Effect with Sia Hurst

Coauthored by the Nobel Prize winner who discovered telomerase and telomeres' role in the aging process and the health psychologist who has done original research into how specific lifestyle and psychological habits can protect telomeres, slowing disease and improving life.

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The Telomere Effect with Sia Hurst
The Telomere Effect with Sia Hurst

Time & Location

Sep 01, 2023, 6:00 PM GMT+3 – Nov 24, 2023, 6:00 PM GMT+2

Zoom-Fri 11:00amEST/8:00amPST-13 Weeks


About the event

Our 6D Book Club for The Telomere Effect will meet every week on Fridays - beginning on 1 September. This book exploration will run for thirteen weeks. All meetings take place at 11:00EST/10:00CST/9:00MT/8:00PST. 

Though participants are not required to attend meetings each week, due to limited spaces in each group, please ensure the meeting day/time chosen suits your schedule. We would ask that all participants be able to attend most of the meetings, thank you.

After completing this registration process, you will receive a confirmation email that your place in the group chosen is reserved. One week prior to our first meeting you will receive an email from with all necessary information, links and connections. Our reading schedule is simple to remember - one chapter per week!

About our book!

Have you wondered why some sixty-year-olds look and feel like forty-year-olds and why some forty-year-olds look and feel like sixty-year-olds? While many factors contribute to aging and illness, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn discovered a biological indicator called telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes telomeres, which protect our genetic heritage. Dr. Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel's research shows that the length and health of one's telomeres are a biological underpinning of the long-hypothesized mind-body connection. They and other scientists have found that changes we can make to our daily habits can protect our telomeres and increase our health spans (the number of years we remain healthy, active, and disease-free). 

The Telomere Effect reveals how Blackburn and Epel's findings, together with research from colleagues around the world, cumulatively show that sleep quality, exercise, aspects of diet, and even certain chemicals profoundly affect our telomeres, and that chronic stress, negative thoughts, strained relationships, and even the wrong neighborhoods can eat away at them. Drawing from this scientific body of knowledge, they share lists of foods and suggest amounts and types of exercise that are healthy for our telomeres, mind tricks you can use to protect yourself from stress, and information about how to protect your children against developing shorter telomeres, from pregnancy through adolescence. And they describe how we can improve our health spans at the community level, with neighborhoods characterized by trust, green spaces, and safe streets.   

The Telomere Effect will make you reassess how you live your life on a day-to-day basis. It is the first book to explain how we age at a cellular level and how we can make simple changes to keep our chromosomes and cells healthy, allowing us to stay disease-free longer and live more vital and meaningful lives.

About our Authors

Elizabeth Blackburn, in full Elizabeth Helen Blackburn, (born November 26, 1948, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia), Australian-born American molecular biologist and biochemist who was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, along with American molecular biologist Carol W. Greider and American biochemist and geneticist Jack W. Szostak, for her discoveries elucidating the genetic composition and function of telomeres (segments of DNA occurring at the ends of chromosomes) and for her contribution to the discovery of an enzyme called telomerase.

Elissa Epel, Ph.D. is an international expert on stress, well-being, and optimal aging and a best-selling author of The Telomere Effect, and now The Stress Prescription.  She is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, at The University of California, San Francisco, where she is Vice Chair of Psychology and directs the UCSF Aging Metabolism Emotions Center. She studies how psychosocial and behavioral factors, such as meditation and positive stress, can slow aging and focuses on climate wellness.

6D Book Club Connections

  • Weekly emails with topics for discussion, thoughts about our reading as well as links to relevant articles and videos
  • 6D Community meetings every Week via Zoom
  • 6D What's App Chat Group keep the discussion flowing over multiple time zones (open to all groups; the Whole of the 6D Book Club Community)

If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to prior to registering for a group, thank you. See our Terms & Conditions page for our credit policy.

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