April 24th 2017

April 24, 2017

SENS Research Foundation Announces New Research Program on Dysfunctional White Blood Cells with Buck Institute for Research on Aging

Campisi Lab to Host Research Program

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. —April 24, 2017 — SENS Research Foundation (SRF) has launched a new research program focused on dysfunctional white blood cells in collaboration with the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. Judith Campisi, PhD, a leading global expert on aging and age-related diseases, will be running the project in her lab at the Buck.

Various types of unwanted cells accumulate during aging and affect the function of many systems, including the immune system. Some of these cells are cleared by the immune system, but some are not, possibly leading to a vicious cycle of decline. It is therefore a priority to explore genetic techniques for eliminating these cells and rejuvenating the body, by forcing the unwanted cells to “commit suicide", and/or by augmenting the cell-killing function of healthy immune cells.

“One of our major goals is to find treatments to augment the aging immune system’s defenses against senescent cells. This collaboration with SRF will enable us to explore a range of hitherto neglected ways to do that,” said Dr. Campisi, a professor at the Buck Institute.  “Initiating the program will be Abhijit Kale, PhD, a Postdoctoral Fellow, who will bring his expertise in cell-cell interactions in both Drosophila and human cells.”

“We are extremely proud to be partnering once again with Judith Campisi’s lab and the Buck on this critical project,” said Dr. Aubrey de Grey, CSO, SENS Research Foundation. 

This research has been made possible through the generous support of the Forever Healthy Foundation and its founder Michael Greve, as well as the support of our other donors. The Forever Healthy Foundation is a private nonprofit initiative whose mission is to enable people to vastly extend their healthy lifespans and be part of the first generation to cure aging. In order to accelerate the development of therapies to bring aging under full medical control, the Forever Healthy Foundation directly supports cutting-edge research aimed at the molecular and cellular repair of damage caused by the aging process. 

 

SRF Research Center Hosts an Unexpected Guest

If there is one thing that unites SENS Research Foundation staff, it is a commitment to tackling challenges even when the odds seem skewed against success. So when a tiny, orphaned kitten was discovered lying in a puddle in the parking lot of our Research Center one rainy morning in late February, employees took immediate action to try and save him. He was soaking wet, freezing cold, and still had the umbilical cord attached -- in other words, his chances did not look good at first. But with a single movement of one paw, he made it clear that he had some life left in him -- accordingly, he was named Lazarus.

For the next few weeks, little Lazarus was bottle-fed and cared for day and night by a rotating cast of foster parents among the RC staff. One of three "moms" took him home every evening, and would bring him to the office again in the morning -- he never seemed to mind the rides, and was an excellent commuter cat! Still, we all knew this couldn't last forever, and as much as various staff members would have loved to keep him, everyone already had their pet quota at home. As luck would have it, though, a long-time friend of our VP of Outreach had been looking to adopt a kitten, so it all worked out wonderfully for everyone -- Lazarus especially! 

We miss having him around the administrative side of the Research Center here, but we are thrilled he found a great home, and he made for a delightful guest while he was here. He really did end up becoming a member of the SRF-RC family, and we wish him a long, happy, healthy life.

The SRF Research Center staff on Laz's last day

Where in the World is Aubrey de Grey?

Aubrey de Grey will be present at the following events:

Where: Bucharest
When: May 23, 2017

Bucharest Technology Week reunites tech enthusiasts and leaders for one week of gatherings across the city. The event places Bucharest on the international tech map and represents a great networking and learning platform for 15,000+ attendees looking for individual or business growth. Aubrey de Grey will be attending the Innovation summit.

What: Ideacity
Where: Toronto, Canada
When: June 14, 2017

From the ideacity website: "Now in its 18th year, the annual ideacity conference has rightly earned its reputation as Canada’s “Premier meeting of the minds.” Over the course of three days, media icon Moses Znaimer presents a dazzling line-up of some of the brightest minds on the planet. Ground breaking scientists, visionary entrepreneurs, artists, scholars, activists and agitators – if it’s new, if it’s hot, if it will challenge your thinking, it’s at ideacity." Dr. Aubrey de Grey will be speaking on the morning of Wednesday, June 14.

Where: San Diego, California, USA
When: June 26-27, 2017

The Festival of Genomics' mission is to help bring the benefits of genomics to patients faster. To achieve this, they work with the smartest people and organizations to produce a series of events and a free-to-access web portal & magazine for the genomics community.

 

 

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