I hope you are all having a fantastic summer. A friend just forwarded this free event (see below) next Friday at UCLA. There will be a number of good speakers and very forward-thinking attendees there, so if you can make it, please do (I will be out of town unfortunately). If you go, I would love to read your comments about your experience at the conference and how what the speakers talked about will impact your life.
On Friday June 27th at UCLA, the Methuselah Foundation is hosting Aging: The Disease, The Cure, The Implications, a panel discussion featuring leading scientists and advocates of stem cell and regenerative medicine research, including Dr. Aubrey de Grey, the Foundation’s Chairman and Chief Science Officer.
Panelists will discuss the scientific progress and implications of eliminating age-related disease and disability, as well as public policy as it pertains to relevant scientific research legislation, including the passing of Prop 71 that led to establishing the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine and allocating $3 billion over 10 years to fund stem cell research.
Aging 2008 is free, with advance registration required at http://www.mfoundation.org/Aging2008/.
Dr. Aubrey de Grey, chairman and chief science of?cer of the Methuselah Foundation, said “Our organization has raised over $10 million to crack open the logjams in longevity science. With the two-armed strategy of direct investments into key research projects, and a competitive prize to spur on scientists racing to break rejuvenation and longevity records in lab mice, the Foundation is actively accelerating the drive toward a future free of age-related degeneration.” The Methuselah Foundation has been covered by 60 Minutes, Popular Science, The Wall Street Journal, and other top-?ight media outlets.
The speakers at Aging 2008 will argue that the near-term consequences of intense research into regenerative medicine could be the development of therapies that extend healthy human life by decades, even if the therapies are applied in middle age. Peter Thiel, president of Clarium Capital, initial investor in Facebook, and lead sponsor of Aging 2008, said, “The time has come to challenge the inevitability of aging. This forum will provide an excellent opportunity to look at the scienti?c barriers that must be over-come to substantially extend healthy human life, as well as the ethical implications of doing so.”
Admission to Aging 2008 is free, with advance registration required at www.mfoundation.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Complimentary Reception – 4:00pm
Panel Discussion – 5:00pm
Dinner w/ Speakers – 8:00pm
Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr., UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Presented by the Methuselah Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to extending the healthy human lifespan. Founded in 2002 by entrepreneur David Gobel and biogerontologist Dr. Aubrey de Grey, the Methuselah Foundation funds two major programs: the Mprize, a multimillion dollar research prize, and SENS, a detailed engineering plan to repair aging-related damage. For more information, visit www.mfoundation.
* Dr. Aubrey de Grey – Chairman and Chief Science Officer, Methuselah Foundation
* Dr. Bruce Ames – Professor of Biochemistry, UC Berkeley
* Dr. William Haseltine – Chairman, Haseltine Global Health
* Daniel Perry – Executive Director, Alliance for Aging Research
* Bernard Siegel – Executive Director, Genetics Policy Institute
* Dr. Gregory Stock – Director, UCLA Program on Medicine, Technology and Society
* Dr. Michael West – Founder, Geron and Advanced Cell Technology
See Dr. de Grey’s speech at the TED conference.
See a lecture from Dr. Ames and the Stein Institute.
See Dr. Haseltine in a guest appearance on Charlie Rose, minute starting at 35.24