Aubrey de Grey's SAGE Crossroads Trading Card

Biomedical gerontologist Aubrey de Grey is now one of the SAGE Experts honored with a trading card at SAGE Crossroads. I recall being sorry to see that he wasn't included in the first batch put up online, but there he is now, large as life. You can send the cards to friends via email - pick from a list of 50 gerontologists and other researchers in the field - so I'm sure you folks will be having fun with that feature. Yes, it's gimmicky, but I think it could serve as a good educational and introductory tool for certain demographics, such as younger students or journalists. It's certainly the case that public understanding of - and familiarity with - the names and deeds of aging and longevity research could be greatly improved.

While you're over there, feel free to pester the SAGE Crossroads staff on getting the transcript uploaded for the Genetics of Longevity webcast ... we've been waiting a while for that one.

UPDATE: I find myself in the set of demographics that would benefit from perusing the cards - so I think we'll have to add "advocates and pundits" to the list. It's quite helpful to frame the past few years of reading around the field by looking at sets of micro-CVs of the people involved.

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Oh this was a long time coming. I emailed them shortly after the first batch suggesting Aubrey be included and then waited months with no response. It may be a coincidence but about three weeks ago I emailed again suggesting that Aubrey be one of the individuals to be honored on their page as being a visionary in the field of biogerontology, no response this time either. I'm gratified to see that he has been rightfully placed amongst his peers.

Posted by: Kevin Perrott at September 17th, 2005 12:11 PM

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