There's a great deal of news these days about potential developments to increase healthy longevity. How can we decide which are the most promising initiatives? What can we do to support faster development and deployment of new treatments? If we want to enable significant increases in healthy longevity for ourselves and our loved ones, what steps should we be taking?
This London Futurists meetup gathers a panel of experts and researchers in the field of healthy longevity. We'll be hearing a number of TED-style talks, followed by extended audience Q&A and discussion.
The speakers are Phil Micans, Tuvi Orbach, and Avi Roy.
** About the speakers:
++Phil Micans is Founder and Vice President of International Antiaging Systems and Assistant Director at the British Longevity Society.
The third international conference “Genetics of aging and longevity” will take place in Sochi, Russia from 6th till 10th of April, 2014. The event is held by “Science for Life Extension” foundation and Institute of Biology of Ural department of Russian Academy of Science.
With this conference being held once in two years, it is the fourth time for it to happen and the third time to be international. As a result of the previous conference in 2012, this event has become the central discussing board of longevity and aging issues in Russia, uniting the field’s leading scientists from all over the world. Having received wide international recognition, it has become a must-see point in longevity science agenda.
Back in 2012, more than 700 people visited the conference in four days of its work, including genetics scientists, bio-informatics specialists, biologists, doctors, journalists, entrepreneurs and investors.
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Long for This World, a new 3D documentary from MPI fellows David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg, explores the science and philosophy of the Life Extension movement. A thought-provoking, engaging film, Long for This World features scientists and economists who share their thoughts on human longevity and the possibility of extending life beyond what we think is possible.
The quest for human immortality is ongoing in science labs around the world, and the possibility is now closer to science fact than fiction, claims Bova, a veteran and prolific author of science books.
Bova admits that few scientists would agree with that claim but that scientists “are usually not the best predictors of their own futures.” Again Bova lives up to his reputation of writing straightforward, understandable prose to explain recent scientific advances.
We are entering the fourth era of medicine, he observes, one in which science is working on solving the riddle of aging. He leads readers through a tautological compendium of the mechanics of cellular life and death.
Why do certain bacteria and cancer cells apparently live forever, when those trillions that make up the human body are subject to senescence and death? Is aging caused by entropy, the genetic damage that accumulates daily until our genes are unable to repair themselves?
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THE SURVIVORS CLUB
Each second of the day, someone in America faces a crisis, whether it's a car accident, violent crime, serious illness, or financial trouble. Given the inevitability of adversity, we all wonder: Who beats the odds and who surrenders? Why do some people bound back and others give up? How can I become the kind of person who survives and thrives?
The fascinating, hopeful answers to these questions are found in THE SURVIVORS CLUB. In the tradition of Freakonomics and The Tipping Point, this book reveals the hidden side of survival by combining astonishing true stories, gripping scientific research, and the author's adventures inside the U.S. military's elite survival schools and the government's airplane crash evacuation course.
Fukuyama (The End of History and the Last Man; Trust) is no stranger to controversial theses, and here he advances two: that there are sound nonreligious reasons to put limits on biotechnology, and that such limits can be enforced. Fukuyama argues that “the most significant threat” from biotechnology is “the possibility that it will alter human nature and thereby move us into a ‘posthuman’ stage of history.” The most obvious way that might happen is through the achievement of genetically engineered “designer babies,” but he presents other, imminent routes as well: research on the genetic basis of behavior; neuropharmacology, which has already begun to reshape human behavior through drugs like Prozac and Ritalin; and the prolongation of life, to the extent that society might come “to resemble a giant nursing home.” Fukuyama then draws on Aristotle and the concept of “natural right” to argue against unfettered development of biotechnology. His claim is that a substantive human nature exists, that basic ethical principles and political rights such as equality are based on judgments about that nature, and therefore that human dignity itself could be lost if human nature is altered.
With a baby boomer turning sixty every ten seconds, we are rapidly becoming an aging society. But cutting edge research on the connection between age and disease shows us that many of the preconceptions we had about how to grow old need a second look. This groundbreaking book is full of take-away prescriptive advice which the nearly seventy-five million boomers in this nation will value. Top gerontologist and Stanford medical school professor Dr. Walter Bortz and co-author Randall Stickrod draw on new science and a thirty-year longitudinal study of centenarians to show that:
• Genetics plays a smaller role in aging than previously thought
• Senility, dementia, and other diseases of the elderly, are largely preventable and not an inevitable consequence of aging
• Engagement, through sexual relationships, social interaction, and professional activity, is a key factor in long, healthy lives
• Physical fitness can recover at least 30 years of aging
Filled with in-depth insight and practical advice, The Roadmap to 100 gives you the power to control your own destiny and live well beyond 100.
SELECTBIO Clinical Translation of Stem Cells 2014 brings together basic scientists, clinician-scientists, as well as medical practitioners/surgeons focusing on studying, characterizing, and deploying various classes of stem cells for therapeutic utility.
In addition to top-tier presentations during this conference, SELECTBIO has also partnered with surgeons and surgery centers in the Palm Springs area to offer conference delegates a “hands-on” Clinical Practicum providing conference delegates the ability to observe in real-time adipose tissue extraction and processing ex vivo. This “hands-on” demonstration led by leading surgeons in the field is in full compliance with applicable laws and regulations and performed by board-certified surgeons.
This conference therefore provides valuable learning and networking experiences for both basic researchers and clinicians alike seeking the most up-to-date information, protocols, and products in this emerging field.
All delegates are automatically registered to the Clinical Practicum which will be conducted in the evening after the conclusion of the conference presentations.
What are the most important ongoing projects to accelerate radical healthy longevity?
This "London Futurists Hangout on Air" will feature a live discussion between several leading life extension activists - Franco Cortese, Ilia Stambler, Maria Konovalenko, and Aubrey de Grey.
The panellists will be sharing news and views on:
• Projects they (or their organisations) have recently completed
• Projects they are working on and/or planning to do next
• Any issues that are blocking them from doing more.
The panellists will also discuss ways in which a wider community of people can usefully become involved in activities to accelerate radical healthy longevity.
Viewers of the live broadcast on YouTube will be able to vote in real time on questions and suggestions to be discussed by the panellists as the Hangout proceeds.
Some time ago the idea was raised to celebrate a special day by the longevity movement – the Longevity Day.
Now an excellent opportunity to do this is coming – the 1st of October, the official UN International Day of Older Persons http://www.un.org/en/events/olderpersonsday/
Let us make the Longevity Day on that day – the 1st of October this year!
Let us hold meetings and other events globally!
So far, people in about 30 countries have expressed their willingness to hold dedicated meetings and other events on that day.
The day is especially significant as, on that day, we have an excellent opportunity to link in the public mind the issue of AGING with the issue of ANTI-AGING research that is probably the only means to truly address and ameliorate the problem of aging.
Nowadays, the issues of aging and anti-aging are often considered separately. We can change this pattern of thought and say on that day:
DETERIORATIVE AGING is a PROBLEM, and ANTI-AGING RESEARCH for HEALTHY LONGEVITY can provide the SOLUTION!
On that day you can do several things: