Episode 42

Lifting the Veil of ASD with Professor Robert Hendren

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About this Episode

In this episode, Nathan is joined by Dr Robert Hendren, a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science at the University of California, San Francisco and author of well over 100 scientific papers and five books. From the get-go, it is clear Hendren is deeply committed to his work, and as such, provides valuable insight into the complex pathology that is autism.

  • Hendren speaks of his first clinical trial, which launched him on his current career path (2:00)
  • Elucidating the etiology of ASD (6:00)
  • Factors influencing gene expression (8:00)
  • Looking to the mitochondria (11:00)
  • The infamous gut-brain axis - what role does it play in ASD? (17:30)
  • Environmental toxicity – do we treat it and if so, how? (26:00)
  • Sulforaphane holds promise (31:20)
  • Spotlight on metabolomics (34:00)
  • Functional testing (38:50)
  • Professor Hendren’s hopes for the treatment of ASD (43:50)