November 2014

November 2014

Fight Aging Challenge Grant:  More than 1/3 of the way to the Goal

 

Everyone at SENS Research Foundation would like to thank all our contributors who have helped us reach $19,159 – well on the way to our $50,000 challenge goal. FightAging.org has pledged to us that for every $1 you give they will add $2 – tripling your donation.

 
The challenge goal is to reach $50,000 by December 31st. So please join the 325+ donors who have shown their support for SENS Research Foundation and our work. Go to www.sens.org/donate today.  
 
 
We are also looking for additional challenge grant sponsors. If you are interested in offering up a challenge please contact Jerri Barrrett, VP of Outreach at jerri.barrett@sens.org.
 

2015 Summer Scholars Program Applications Coming Soon

 

SENS Research Foundation invites all qualifying students to apply for the 2015 Summer Scholars Program. The online application will be available starting December 1, 2014. Completed applications will be accepted through February 2, 2015. If you are an undergraduate interested in rejuvenation biotech, this is your chance to gain valuable experience in the field.

 

Visit www.sens.org/2015-summer-scholars for details and updates. 

 

 

Click the thumbnail image to download the full-page, print-quality version of the flyer, which we encourage you to distribute.

 

2014 SRF Summer Scholar Video Profiles Now Available To Watch Online

 

The first in a series videos profiling the students who participated in the 2014 SRF Summer Scholars Program is now available for viewing on the SRF website.

 

This video features our 2014 scholars in action at the SRF Research Center (SRF-RC) Click here or on the screenshot to meet Christine Wu, Summer Wang, and Karina Liker and learn about their experiences in the program.

 

Stay tuned for more exclusive SRF Education video content to be announced in future newsletters.

 

 

For more details on all our Summer Scholars' backgrounds and research projects, visit the SRF Education Blog.

 

SRF In The Media

 

BioWatch has published a feature on the emerging rejuvenation biotech industry, noting SRF's contribution to energize the growth of this new industry. The full article is available on the SRF website.

 

- Dr. Aubrey de Grey comments in Factor magazine explaining "Why Longer Lives Won't Mean Overpopulation"

 
SRF-Sponsored Graduate Student Published in Nature Biotechnology Journal
 
SRF would like to congratulate SRF-sponsored Oxford student David Brindley and his colleagues MacKenna Roberts, Ivan Wall, Ian Bingham, Dominic Icely, Brock Reeve, and Anna French on their publication in the August 2014 issue of Nature Biotechnology.
 
Click the link to view the full text of their manuscript, entitled "The global intellectual property landscape of induced pluripotent stem cell technologies".

 

New Website Feature:

SRF Events Calendar

 

Keep current on all upcoming SRF-relevant happenings and speaking engagements by bookmarking and checking back frequently on our Events Calendar Page.

Upcoming Events

 

World Stem Cell Summit 2014

 

 

When: December 3-5, 2014

Where: Marriott RiverCenter, San Antonio, TX, USA.

SRF CSO Aubrey de Grey is scheduled to speak and moderate a panel.

 

Exponential Medicine

 

 

When: November 9-12, 2014

Where: San Diego, CA, USA

SRF CSO Aubrey de Grey will be speaking in two sessions.

Oxford University Biological Society

 

 

When: November 22, 2014, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Where: St. John's College Auditorium, Oxford, UK

SRF CSO Aubrey de Grey's presentation is entitled: Rejuvenation Biotechnology - Extending Regenerative Medicine To Defeat Aging

 

Question of the Month #7: What's Menopause Got To Do With It (Rejuvenation Biotechnology)?

 

Q: SENS Research Foundation Chief Science Officer Dr. Aubrey De Grey recently made a comment to the media suggesting that “rejuvenation biotechnology could eliminate menopause within twenty years.” How does intervening in the process of menopause fit in with SRF’s agenda to ameliorate age-related disease? 

 
A: SENS Research Foundation works to catalyze the development of rejuvenation biotechnology: a new class of medicines that will keep us young and healthy and forestall the disease and debility that currently accompany a long life, by targeting the root causes of age-related ill health.
 
Menopause shares much in common with major age-related health problems, inasmuch as they all result from the accumulation of cellular and molecular damage in our tissues over time. Because this damage takes our tissues' microscopic functional units offline, aging damage gradually degrades each tissue's capacity to carry out its normal function with time.
 
When enough of this damage accumulates in a particular tissue, specific diseases and disorders of aging characteristic of that tissue emerges, whether it's in the brain (Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease), or the heart and circulatory system (atherosclerosis and heart failure), or the machinery controlling cellular growth (cancer) — or the ovaries (menopause). The corollary of this is that by removing and repairing this damage, rejuvenation biotechnology will restore the proper structure of the cellular machinery that keeps our tissues functioning, restoring their ability to keep us alive and with the good health that most of us enjoy at earlier ages.
 
So maintaining a woman's fertility and postponing or eliminating menopausal symptoms comes down to a mixture of repairing and replacing damaged cells (notably egg cells) and tissues (follicles) whose age-related degradation leads to menopause in the first place, bringing the whole system back to its youthful, functional norm. Today, researchers are pursuing several “damage-repair” approaches to realize this goal, and that's what we'll discuss in this article (continued on our website).

 

The "Question of the Month" column is your opportunity to submit your research-related queries to SRF's expert science writer Michael Rae. Please send your questions to foundation@sens.org and they may be featured in a future newsletter.

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