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Hangout on Air: Projects to accelerate radical healthy longevity

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Google Hangout, SW1W 9TQ · London

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What are the most important ongoing projects to accelerate radical healthy longevity?

This "London Futurists Hangout on Air" will feature a live discussion between several leading life extension activists - Franco Cortese, Ilia Stambler, Maria Konovalenko, and Aubrey de Grey.

The panellists will be sharing news and views on:

• Projects they (or their organisations) have recently completed

• Projects they are working on and/or planning to do next

• Any issues that are blocking them from doing more.

The panellists will also discuss ways in which a wider community of people can usefully become involved in activities to accelerate radical healthy longevity.

Live questions

Viewers of the live broadcast on Google+ will be able to vote in real time on questions and suggestions to be discussed by the panellists as the Hangout proceeds.

(The use of the built-in 'Live Q&A' feature of Google Hangouts replaces previous plans to coordinate questions using the older tool Google Moderator.)

Marking Longevity Day

The London Futurists event is part of worldwide activities marking Longevity Day (, which occurs each year on October 1st.

Note: October 1st has previously been designated by the United Nations ( as "International Day of Older Persons". However, whereas "International Day of Older Persons" can be seen as anti-ageist, "Longevity Day" is better viewed as anti-aging.

About the panellists:

Ilia Stambler, PhD, is a researcher at Bar Ilan University, Israel, an affiliate scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), and an activist at the International Longevity Alliance (ILA).

Ilia worked as a scientific writer at the Biophysical Schottenstein Center for the Research and Technology of the Cellome, Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He studied biomedical engineering in Moscow Polytechnical Institute, biology at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and has an MA in English literature from Bar-Ilan University.

Ilia received his PhD degree at the Department of Science, Technology and Society, at BarIlan University. His thesis subject, and his main interest, is the History of Life-extensionism in the 20th Century ( ).

He is active in the Israeli chapter of the Humanity Plus ( ), the Israeli Society for the Biology of Aging ( ) and the International Longevity Alliance ( ).

Franco Cortese is a Futurist, Author and Editor. He’s an Affiliate Researcher at ELPIs Foundation for Indefinite Lifespans (a non-profit research organization located in Larnaca, Cyprus and London, U.K.), a Fellow at Brighter Brains Institute (a San-Fransisco Bay-Area Think-Tank and public policy & advocacy center), and a columnist for H+ Magazine and LongeCity.

Franco is also a regular contributor to the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, an Advisory Board Member for Lifeboat Foundation (on their Futurists Board and their Life Extension Scientific Advisory Board), and Executive Director of the Center for Transhumanity (a Canadian non-profit think-tank promoting the safe and ethical development of emerging technologies in general and Human Enhancement Technologies in particular).

Franco is the editor of the recently published book Longevitize!, which contains 160+ essays divided into 6 parts: Longevity's Possible Problems; Longevity Philosophy; The Politics of Longevity; The Art of Longevity; Longevity Pragmatics; and Longevity Popculture and Events.

Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Cambridge, UK and Mountain View, California, USA, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Research 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.

Aubrey 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.

A key aspect of SENS is that it can potentially extend healthy lifespan without limit, even though these repair processes will probably never be perfect, as the repair only needs to approach perfection rapidly enough to keep the overall level of damage below pathogenic levels. Dr. de Grey has termed this required rate of improvement of repair therapies “longevity escape velocity”. Aubrey is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organisations.

Aubrey is the author of the book Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime.

Maria Konovalenko is Vice President at the Science for Life Extension Foundation. The main goal of this Foundation is to make radical life extension a global initiative. The Foundation integrates efforts in order to increase funding for research in regenerative medicine, gerontology, genetics, neuroscience, systems biology, and related sciences aimed at studying the mechanisms of aging and searching for methods to increase human longevity.

Maria has a Masters degree in Molecular Biological Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University) (MIPT)

Maria is also an active supporter of the Longevity Party, described as follows (

• Longevity Party is an international union of people, who believe the main goal of each and everyone is development of scientific and technological progress, significant life extension and supporting unlimited enhancement of capabilities of a personality.

• Longevity Party is the party of common sense.

• Everyone has their own values in life – family, children, creativity, love, beauty, freedom, money, traveling, sex, power… But all these things can only make sense if the person is alive. The basic condition for existence and implementation of all values is life. Its significant extension by rational, scientifically proven methods is the wisest strategy for every one of us.

• Longevity Party strives to fairness and happiness.

• There is nothing more unfair than death. People don’t deserve death. Death, senility and diseases make a person unhappy. Fight for fairness and happiness for everyone is a fight against diseases, suffering, pain, aging and fighting for radical extension of human life...

Event logistics:

This event will take place between 7pm and 8.30pm UK time on Sunday 29th September. You can view the event:

• On Google+, via the page - where you'll also be able to vote on questions to be submitted to the panellists

• Via YouTube (the URL will be published here 15 minutes prior to the start of the event).

There is no charge to participate in this discussion.

Note: there is no physical location for this meetup (despite the postcode given above - in compliance with something that the Meetup software seems to insist upon).