Saturday, July 21, 2007

Back in the U.S.A.

Greetings,

We have just returned to United States after a wonderful three-week trip to Russia in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

It looks like Russia is on the raise, on the road to economic recovery and better opportunities for scientific research. We are very much impressed by the VI European Congress of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, which took place in St. Petersburg, Russia this July. This was a spectacular meeting, both in terms of a highly stimulating scientific program, and also a splendid cultural entertainment provided to the Congress participants in St. Petersburg.

Genuine anti-aging drugs are currently under development in Russia with very good research funding from rich private Russian investors. Some parts of these studies are still kept confidential because of the patent restrictions, however the open fragments, reported at the VI European Congress of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics in St. Petersburg, are really breathtaking. In particular, keep an eye on the studies by Professor Vladimir Skulachev, the member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Director of the A. N. Belozersky Institute of Physico-Chemical Biology at Moscow State University, Moscow.

In short, Professor Vladimir Skulachev has developed a new anti-aging drug -- a catalytic antioxidant specifically accumulated in mitochondria.

Interestingly, in contrast to USA, there is no unnecessary fighting between anti-aging practitioners and gerontologists in Russia -- instead both groups are working together, which helps a lot.

By the way, here is the Power-Point Presentation of our invited talk, given at the VI European Congress of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics in St. Petersburg, Russia this July:

"Biodemographic Reliability Theory of Ageing and Longevity"
http://longevity-science.org/Reliability-Theory-2007.ppt

Hope it helps,

Also if you are interested to know more about demographic evidence that earlier in life there are "useful" health span factors, extending life span, please take a look at our recent NAAJ Paper .

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