Future Salon LA - Defeating Aging
Sunday, February 12, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)
Los Angeles, United States
Come join our fun and useful discussions on key trends, innovations, problems, sustainability, and social responsibility. Work with and on new tools, practices, ideas and projects. See the future and seize the present. Grow your network of supportive, future-oriented friends. Mini potluck & meet-and-greet starts at 5:00 PM - please bring snacks and drinks to share!
The presentation will start around 6:00 PM.
After the presentation we'll share interesting articles we've seen in the news in the last few days/weeks. Please gather a few to share.
Presentation: Defeating aging with regenerative medicine by Dr. Aubrey de Grey. It may seem premature to be discussing the medical control of human aging when so little progress has yet been made in even postponing it. However, two facts undermine this assessment. The first is that aging happens throughout our lives but only causes ill-health after middle age: this shows that we can postpone that ill-health without knowing how to prevent aging completely, but instead by molecular and cellular repair. The second is that regenerative medicine is now advancing from a futuristic twinkle in a few visionaries' eyes to a realistic strategy for addressing numerous medical conditions. In this talk I will explain why therapies that can add 30 healthy years to the remaining lifespan of typical 60-year-olds may well arrive within the next few decades.
Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Cambridge, UK, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Foundation, a California-based 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to combating the aging process. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, the world’s highest-impact peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging. He received his BA and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1985 and 2000 respectively. His original field was computer science, and he did research in the private sector for six years in the area of software verification before switching to biogerontology in the mid-1990s. His research interests encompass the characterisation of all the accumulating and eventually pathogenic molecular and cellular side-effects of metabolism (“damage”) that constitute mammalian aging and the design of interventions to repair and/or obviate that damage. He has developed a possibly comprehensive plan for such repair, termed Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS), which breaks aging down into seven major classes of damage and identifies detailed approaches to addressing each one. http://sens.org/
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Future Salons are monthly educational, activist, and social events, focused on existing or emerging scientific, technological, entrepreneurial, or social change topics and projects worthy of your help and attention. We also cover critical-thinking, management, and personal change topics, and occasionally longer-term scientific and philosophical topics. Our goal is to make our rapidly changing world more fascinating, manageable, profitable, and positive-sum for all of us. We strive to be both doing-action-project oriented, and thinking-idea-prioritizing oriented. About the Future Salon Network initiated by John Smart: http://www.accelerating.org/futuresalon.html
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Future Salon LA
Future Salons are produced by SeaLight Enterprises. They are monthly educational and networking events, focused on existing, emerging and futuristic scientific, technological, entrepreneurial, or social topics and projects worthy of your attention and support. We also cover critical-thinking, sustainability, social issues and occasionally longer-term scientific and philosophical topics. For more information on Futurism please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futurist.
We bring expert speakers from around the world and open discussion around their topic. Our goal is to make our rapidly changing world more fascinating, manageable, profitable, understandable, and positive for all. We strive to be both doing-action-project oriented, and thinking-idea-prioritizing oriented.
Come join our fun and useful discussions on key trends, innovations, and challenges. Work with and on new tools, practices, ideas and projects. See the future and seize the present. Grow your network of supportive, future-oriented friends.
The Future Salon Network was initiated by John Smart: http://www.accelerating.org/futuresalon.html