Monday, May 11, 2009

News from the 'Science for Life Extension' Foundation: Aging -- not a destiny!

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Recently the 'Science for Life Extension' Foundation has published an interesting news announcement at its website here:

For your convenience this Russian text is translated into English below:

Aging -- not a destiny!

Charity evening meeting, April 17, 2009, Moscow.
At this charity event the presentation was made, describing the work of the 'Science for Life Extension' Foundation and its objectives.

Aging -- not a destiny! This was the title of a charitable meeting of the Foundation 'Science for Life Extension', which took place in a comfortable informal environment of the Tsurtsum Cafe at the Winery place (Moscow, Russia). It is this environment, which provided an opportunity for guests to absorb the vast amount of knowledge about human aging, and about the opportunities offered, and to be offered by science to combat it.

The purpose of the meeting - to allow guests (which were people of many different professions - politicians, businessmen, designers, representatives of the various foundations) to learn as much about aging as possible, and to learn that aging could be defeated in the foreseeable future. Knowledge leads to action, and therefore the second goal of the Foundation 'Science for Life Extension' was to get as many supporters and partners as possible.

The chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation, Michael Batin shared with guests his plans, and the most important of them - the development of an integrated interdisciplinary program 'Science against aging', which the Foundation is being developing for a year already, inviting contributions from leading researchers in Russia and abroad. Among the guests of the meeting were the Foundation's experts, internationally recognized scientists: Leonid Gavrilov and Natalia Gavrilova, Alexei Olovnikov, Vladimir Skulachev and Maxim Skulachev.

The program is a set of research tasks for different scientific disciplines in the study of mechanisms of aging and life extension. This work unprecedented in world science has already been highly evaluated by international scientific community. The second working version of the program was published in February 2009, the next version will be released in May and it will be presented at the International Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) in Paris.

Still this is only the beginning of the work, which will transform the program into a comprehensive document that would serve as both a guide and a tool not only for scientists but also for politicians, policy makers, and national governments, to ensure that the fight against aging follows a coherent strategic plan. Michael Batin announced the budget expenses, which are necessary to complete the first phase of program creation: ten million Russian rubles, of which three million - are the funds of the Foundation itself and seven million - the requested support from investors.

To see short version of the Presentation click here.

Download the full version of the Presentation
in Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 format (6,5 Mb)

See Photos from the Charity meeting

Also you are cordially invited to participate in discussion of this new 'Science Against Aging' Research Plan:
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Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the 'Science for Life Extension' Foundation, Michael Batin, shared his ambitious plans with the guests (see below).


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Anonymous AgeVivo said...

Imminst discussion about "Science Against Aging":
Main topics: Congratulations, lists of researchers
2ndary topics: links with SENS, importance of tests in science against aging, funding tool.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you!
The Methuselah Foundation has republished this important information here:

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Longevity Meme said...

The Longevity Meme has published some excerpts of this interesting story too:

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Editor said...

Well, this looks like an interesting research program. However it seems ironic that it is developed in a country with the shortest male lifespan in the world (among all other developed countries), and yet this outrageous tragedy seems to be largely ignored by this 'Science for Life Extension' Foundation !

This is particularly puzzling, because Russia has some really good experts in mortality studies, who could help to save this country from catastrophic extinction. For example, read this book and take action:

' Reversed Epidemiologic Transition in Russia '
by Dr. Victoria Semyonova, Ph.D.


8:40 PM  
Blogger Dr. Leonid Gavrilov, Ph.D. said...

Dear 'Editor',

Thank you for your thoughtful comments! Yes, the demographic situation in Russia is alarming, and Russian mortality crisis is well described in the book you have mentioned:

' Обратный Эпидемиологический Переход в России'

I can only add that recently there was an interesting broadcast at Russian TV on this very topic, with participation of the author of this book ( Dr. Victoria Semyonova, Ph.D ):


3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The tragedy is not ignored. It's just that you can't fight for two causes at once. You need to focus. Furthermore, Science Against Aging is an international project, not just a Russian one.

2:09 AM  
Anonymous Scientist said...

Yes, it would be nice to see Russia and USA to become allies again, this time in the war on aging, as they were allies in WWII in the past.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Mathematician said...

First you have to define what aging is. If aging is just growing older (increase in age), then aging IS a destiny. This is because you can not stop the passage of time.

On the other hand, if aging is what makes us more vulnerable with age, then theoretically it could be possible that aging (age-related degradation) could be opposed through some 'anti-aging' interventions in the future.

8:25 PM  
Blogger JLL said...

I think we can agree at this point that aging is not merely the passage of time, but rather the entire process of biological maturation and decay.

The degradation, which is eventually followed by death, is not a destiny we should cherish by any means. I'm glad progress is being made in Russia.

Is their plan in any way related to the seven types of aging damage as identified in the SENS program?

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: )

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Very informative project, i think that aubry de gray will jump from happiness if he hear about this project, but i think that science still have some time to achieve such project

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