On June 8th, 2003, the inaugural Methuselah Prize was awarded to Dr. Andrzej Bartke for the "Methuselah Mouse" that lived the equivalent of 180 human years. The Methuselah Foundation is offering prizes for specific achievements in the spirit of the Longitude Prize of 1714 for advancements in the healthy lifespan of both newborn and aged mice. The series of prizes will grow to include even more ambitious life extension competitions as progress is achieved.
The Methuselah Mouse Prize is designed to change the current research agenda, where there might be satisfaction with making small steps, forward to a broader perspective, explicit long-term vision, and methods to spark the participation, competition, investment and approaches for what may be achieved. Then, by drawing attention to researchers and the mice that have successfully turned back the clock, the Prize will increase public hope, enthusiasm and funding for such research.
In this presentation, I will discuss the psychology, economics, and history of prizes in the context of The Methuselah Mouse Prize and will announce the roster of distinguished scientists who have officially signed on to compete for the prize.