Friday, August 17, 2007

International Conference on Aging & Longevity Studies

Greetings,

I am pleased to announce the upcoming International Conference on Aging & Longevity Studies, which brings together researchers from Russia and the United States at Moscow State University, this month.

This unusual, brain-storming Conference is organized 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.

Note that the term "phenoptosis" used in this conference program is a code word for "programmed death," and that the title of the conference (see below) may cause an excitement in the transhumanism movement. Frankly speaking, the conference is centered around this 'crazy' scientific idea:
Is aging an atavistic program that can be 'simply' switched off?


Scientific Conference
"From Homo sapiens to Homo sapiens discatenatus"

August 27-28, 2007, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Vorobievy Hills, Laboratory Korpus B, room 221


August 27
A. Introductory Lecture

Chairman: A.M. Olovnikov
10.00-11.00 a.m. -- Skulachev Vladimir P.
Are there genetic programs, beneficial for survival, diversity and expansion of genome, but deleterious for individual?
11.00-11.30 a.m. -- Discussion

B. Acute phenoptosis

1. 11.30-12.00 a.m. -- Lewis Kim
Department of Biology, Northeastern University, Boston, USA
Phenoptosis in Bacteria

12.00-12.30 a.m. -- Break

Chairman: K. Lewis
2. 12.30-13.00 -- Severin F.
Phenoptosis in Yeast

3. 13.00-13.30 -- Moshkin M.
Phenoptosis in Animals: death of males of marsupial mice after reproduction and other examples.

4. 13.30-14.00 -- Zorov D.
Anti-phenoptotic activity of SkQ in kidney ischemia and stroke.

14.00-16.00 -- Break


C. Aging as slow phenoptosis
Chairman: V.N. Anisimov
1. 16.00-16.30 -- Olovnikov A.M.
Is it possible to create a long living mouse? Genome and Paragenome. Paragenome -- the material substrate for a lifespan program.

2. 16.30-17.00 -- Golub B.
Winter hibernation and the rate of individual development.

3. 17.00-17.30 -- Gavrilova Natalia S.
Center on Aging, NORC at the University of Chicago, USA
Hibernation, Aging and Longevity

4. 17.30-18.00 -- Ryazanov Alexey G.
Department of Pharmacology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, USA.
eEF2-kinase: aging accelerating enzyme.

5. 18.00-18.30 -- Khrapko Konstantin
Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
Mitochondrial hypotheses of aging.


August 28
D. Pro and contra
Chairman: Chernyak B.V.

1. 10.00-10.30 -- Gavrilov Leonid A.
Center on Aging, NORC at the University of Chicago, USA
Aging: Reliability theory and the concept of phenoptosis

2. 10.30-11.00 -- Popov I.
The benefits and costs of evolution.

3. 11.00-11.30 -- Ryazanov Alexey G.
Department of Pharmacology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, USA.
Aging and apoptosis.

4. 11.30-12.00 -- Chumakov P.
Anti- and pro- oxidant properties of the P53 protein and its role in aging.

12.00 -12.30 -- Break

Chairman: Ryazanov A. G.
5. 12.30-13.00 -- Khohlov A.N.
Pro and contra for the programmed aging hypothesis.

6. 13.00-13.30 -- Anisimov V.N.
Hot topics of modern gerontology.

7. 13.30-14.00 -- Kondrashov Alexey S.
Life Sciences Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
(kondrash(at)umich.edu)
Could evolution create genetic programs deleterious for individual?

8. 14.00-15.00. General Discussion


The original text of the Conference Program in Russian language is available here.

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Mark H said...

"Is aging an atavistic program that can be 'simply' switched off?"

It is 'crazy' ideas like this that give anti-aging science a bad name. Check out www.SENS.org if you want to see a realistic strategy for life-extension that doesn't rely on false-hopes for silver bullets.

5:51 AM  
Blogger Dr. Leonid Gavrilov, Ph.D. said...

I am not sure that brain-storming discussions of 'crazy' scientific ideas should be suppressed for the fear of a "bad name."

The idea of "phenoptosis" (programmed organismal death) is routinely discussed in the scientific literature now -- there are 55 hits for this term in the Google Scholar, and 16 hits for peer-reviewed scientific articles listed in Medline/Pubmed. Frank scientific discussions are important in searching for a truth.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting the program of this interesting conference.
Particularly useful are the Power-Point Presentations linked to the titles of the talks there:

" Hibernation, Aging and Longevity"
http://longevity-science.org/Hibernation-2007.ppt

and

" Aging: Reliability theory and the concept of phenoptosis"
http://longevity-science.org/Phenoptosis-2007.ppt


Is it possible to make available all the Power-Point Presentations for the entire conference, please?
Thanks!

2:43 PM  
Blogger Dr. Leonid Gavrilov, Ph.D. said...

Thank you for your interest.
Per your request I have linked the Power-Point Presentation of Dr. Olovnikov to the title of his lecture:

Is it possible to create a long living mouse?
Genome and Paragenome. Paragenome -- the material substrate for a lifespan program
.
http://longevity-science.org/Olovnikov-2007.ppt

Hope it helps.
As time permits, I will contact other authors as well for their permissions to link their Power-Point Presentations here.
Kind regards,

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