As gleefully noted at the Methuselah Foundation blog, the latest award from the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research brings their support for the Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS) into the six figure range:
We here at the Methuselah Foundation are pleased to announce our receipt of a Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging: a further $50,000 towards the presently ongoing SENS research aimed at extending healthy human longevity, and funded by our generous donors.
As for all SENS research contributions, this award is matched by $25,000 from the $3 million fund set up by Peter Thiel in late 2006. It will help to extend Foundation research into bioremediation of damaging age-related byproducts in tissue, the protection of fragile mitochondrial DNA and future programs for other aspects of SENS, each tackling one form of age-related biochemical and cellular damage.
This latest award brings contributions from the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research to $120,000, more than $100,000 of that in the last year. Many thanks from all of us for this aid in our efforts to repair the damage that causes aging. We've set a fine pace of growth in the past twelve months, and we fully intend to keep it up!
We can all help the Foundation continue its growth and expand its success in raising funds for SENS research by continuing to donate. Even small amounts serve to illustrate the breadth of support for the scientific quest to reverse aging, and thereby make more large donations possible. Those folk who manage large sources of funding for research like to see just that sort of support from the public: it's an important validation, and that validation is exactly how the Methuselah Foundation obtained its first large donations just a few short years ago.
How things have grown - and no slowing the pace yet. You should all take a moment to think about those folk who are working hard to help you live a much longer, healthier life. What's that worth to you?