MitoSENS Fundraiser Successful
SENS RESEARCH FOUNDATION RAISES MORE THAN $45,000 FOR RESEARCH AIMED AT SLOWING DOWN THE AGING PROCESS
Funding Campaign Achieves 154% of Goal, Allowing Biologists to Double the Pace of Research on Restoring Lost Mitochondrial Function and Preventing Age-related Damage
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — November 3, 2015 — The SENS Research Foundation (SRF), a non-profit organization focused on transforming the way the world researches and treats age-related disease, is pleased to announce that its recent MitoSENS Mitochondrial Repair Project fundraising campaign raised $46,128, achieving 154 percent of its goal. The funds, generated through the longevity research focused crowdfunding platform Lifespan.io, will accelerate the project’s research efforts toward restoring lost mitochondrial function and preventing age-related damage.
SRF is in the early stages of creating an innovative system to repair mitochondrial mutations that occur in the body over time. Organisms which age more slowly consistently display lower rates of mitochondrial free radical damage. Reversing and/or preventing damage to mitochondrial DNA may therefore be a key factor in slowing the aging process.
“Successfully completing this project will mean that we have developed a groundbreaking method that will provide us with the capability to safeguard the mitochondrial genome,” said Matthew O’Connor, lead researcher for the project. “Our talented team of highly trained mitochondrial biologists has preliminary progress, but we have critical work yet to be done. Increasing our funding with this campaign will allow us to double the pace of our research and bring results to the public that much faster.”
“We are thrilled to have exceeded our goal for this campaign, and so grateful to everyone who donated at all levels,” said Jerri Barrett, vice president of outreach for SENS Research Foundation. “This is a great start to the fall giving season and we look forward to more fundraising efforts to support our mission of transforming the way the world researches and treats age-related diseases.”
For more information about the MitoSENS Mitochondrial Repair Project and to see a list of our donors, visit: http://www.sens.org/research/intramural/mitochondrial-mutations/mitochondrial-repair-project .
- FightAging.org $125,000 Challenge Grant: SRF has received a new year-end challenge grant from FightAging.org. Fight Aging! will match up to $125,000 in donations from supporters. To donate visit: http://www.sens.org/donate.
- Giving Tuesday: On December 1, SENS Research Foundation will join charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world, coming together for the common purpose of celebrating generosity and giving back. More information will be available at a later date.
Lifespan.io is a crowdfunding platform focused specifically on projects aimed at extending healthy human lifespan. By contributing to projects on Lifespan.io, the public can learn about longevity research, meet the people making it happen, and be directly involved in potentially life changing scientific breakthroughs. For more information visit http://www.lifespan.io.
About SENS Research Foundation (SRF)
SENS Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works to research, develop, and promote comprehensive regenerative medicine solutions for the diseases of aging. SRF is focused on a damage repair paradigm for treating the diseases of aging, which it advances through scientific research, advocacy, and education. SENS Research Foundation supports research projects at universities and institutes around the world with the goal of curing such age-related diseases as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Educating the public and training researchers to support a growing regenerative medicine field are also major endeavors of the organization that are being accomplished though advocacy campaigns and educational programs. For more information, visit www.sens.org.