Fundraising Success: $60,000 Raised for Rejuvenation Science, Another $15,000 Matching Grant Announced
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For the past month Fight Aging!, Jason Hope, and the Methuselah Foundation have been running a 3 to 1 match on up to $15,000 donated to the SENS Research Foundation before the end of the year. The Foundation is perhaps the only organization in the world presently working earnestly and seriously on the scientific foundations needed to produce actual, real, working rejuvenation therapies, piece by piece over the next few decades. The Foundation is very well connected in the research community, funds projects in labs around the world, and the scientific advisory board is made up of well-regarded names from numerous fields in the life sciences and medicine.

It is the grassroots that drives the growth of any organization: the more people that show support the easier it becomes to win large investments from conservative funding sources and philanthropists. Multi-million dollar donations for medical research only happen when thousands of people make it known that this cause is worth it by giving a little each. Thus more money raised and more supporters raising their voices at this comparatively early juncture will lead to accelerating progress over the years ahead, moving us towards the large-scale funding needed for the best practical rate of growth in this field of research. None of us are getting any younger, after all, and time is of the essence.

I'm very pleased to say that even after past months of generous donations to fund a number of projects relating to healthy life extension and research, the community still pulled together to find the full $15,000 in just a few weeks, pulling in the combined $45,000 in matching funds from Fight Aging!, Jason Hope, and the Methuselah Foundation.

But that isn't all: long-time Methuselah Foundation donor Michael Cooper has put up another $15,000 matching fund that has yet to be met. Further donations will be matched by this - so if you are still on the fence or late to the news, here is your chance. This was in the mail today from the SENS Research Foundation staff to announce present success and continued work to meet their original year-end goal of $100,000 put forward in November:

Everyone at SENS Research Foundation would like to thank you for your support of our work to change the way the world researches and treats age-related disease throughout 2013.

We are pleased to announce that your generous contributions have enabled us to fully realize our three matching grants from Jason Hope, the Methuselah Foundation and Fight Aging!.

To add to the good news, we have now received a new matching grant of $15,000 from Michael Cooper. We need your help to match this grant between now and the end of the year. Help us to meet our goal of raising $100,000 by visiting our donate page today. All donations to SENS Research Foundation are tax deductible.

Aging affects us all and the research needed to stop the suffering caused by Alzheimer's, heart disease, cancer, and other age-associated health problems remains in critical need of better funding. Please consider SRF as you choose your charitable contributions this season.

Thank you again for supporting SENS Research Foundation! Have a happy and healthy New Year.

Comments

hi, this may have been asked before but has anyone ever organized a kickstarter and such for SENS research. I have seen much higher amounts raised for trivial things.

Posted by: nickdino at December 27, 2013 5:20 PM

What a waste of money. YOu people seriously need to come to terms with the fact that you're going to die. You're going to age, you're going to deteriorate, you're going to fall apart, and then you'll die. Yeah maybe there will be some treatments in the future to help you be more active or whatever, but no one alive today is going to live significantly longer than 80 or 90 years, max. None of those anti-aging treatments will become reality in your life time. You were born way too early, and you're going to die like everyone who has ever lived. Deal wiht it.

Posted by: Person at December 27, 2013 5:52 PM

Person : "Yeah maybe there will be some treatments in the future to help you be more active or whatever, but no one alive today is going to live significantly longer than 80 or 90 years, max."

No-one? Literally no-one at all? Given that the oldest living person in the world is already 115 years old, that's quite a claim you're making there!

Posted by: James Kelly at December 27, 2013 7:39 PM

There are a few outliers that make it beyond 100, maybe to 120 or so at the most, but the vast majority of people won't live passed their 70s, 80s, and 90s. Yes there are some aspects of regenerative medicine that seem promising like stem cells, tissue engineering, etc, but those won't stop aging. At best, they can mitigate some symptoms of it, like sarcopenia, heart failure, osteoporosis, arthritis. But aging is just too complicated and we're barely scratching the surface of our genome and epigenome, and won't be able to do anything about it for at least a century. I think everyone alive right now, and everyone who is born within the next twenty years will all have to deal with the fact that they're going to die.

Posted by: Person at December 27, 2013 10:28 PM

I accept that 115 year olds are very much outliers at the moment, but nevertheless they're a useful illustration of how unwise it is to make sweeping statements. Again, "at least a century" might as well be a number plucked out of thin air. And in a sense you're arguing against your own point - if you believe it's simply a matter of time until we get to radical life extension, but much, much longer than we might wish, why would fundraising be "a waste of money" as you put it earlier? Surely the extent of the challenge makes it even more of an imperative to crack on? Or shouldn't we care about future generations, simply because you believe we wouldn't personally benefit?

Posted by: James Kelly at December 28, 2013 12:52 AM

I can definitely tell you that if we do not do this work, the probability of our death in the century is 100%. If we do do this work we may still all die or we may make it. The probability of our deaths is less than 100%. Thus we have no downside and infinite upside to doing this work. It will be stupid for us not to do this work.

Haven't you ever heard the expression "nothing ventured, nothing gained"?

Posted by: Abelard Lindsey at December 28, 2013 3:05 PM

Person: You may or may not be right about your predictions that we all will be dead at the turn of the century, but I question why you need to post this on a site that is raising money and enthusiastically working toward curing illness and adding to the progression of healthy life and potentially extending that healthy life to or past 100 and beyond?

The dreams of mankind have taken us to things that have never been thought of years before. The progress of mankind to achieve those dreams within one's lifetime has been in the latest decades enormous. Obviously, the Holy Grail was not achievable when it was first presented and it may not be now but it is for sure closer. If you want to critique specifics in Aubrey's book "Ending of Aging," That would be valuable input.

I think making broad statements that things are just not going to happen says that one must accept your statements as authority and a better way is to prove one's statements. I doubt your statements will keep us donators from donating or the scientists at SENS Foundation from quitting their job. Seriously, what is your motive for making them?

Posted by: Phil King at December 28, 2013 5:43 PM

Looks like fightaging is now big enough to troll. A measure of success in some weird way. No one ever kicked a dead dog.

Posted by: Jim at December 29, 2013 3:16 AM

"Landing and moving about on the moon offers so many serious problems for
human beings that it may take science another 200 years to lick them."
-- Science Digest, 1948

"Heavier than air flying machines are impossible."
-- Lord Kelvin, 1895

"There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will be
obtainable."
-- Albert Einstein, 1932

"That the automobile has reached the limit of its development is suggested
by the fact that during the last year no improvements of a radical nature
have been introduced."
-- Scientific American, 1909

http://zimmer.csufresno.edu/~fringwal/stoopid.lis

Posted by: Jonathan at December 29, 2013 7:08 PM

Classic, Jonathan. Wasn't it Arthur C Clarke who said that the moment someone says something will never happen, it instantly guarantees that it will?

So thanks Person! :)

Posted by: Ian at December 29, 2013 7:39 PM

Person: You haven't really given a good reason as to why it's a waste of money. Your entire argument seems to be "None of you will make it because I say so" which is circular. You haven't actually pointed out anything specifically wrong with the SENS approach, and that 100 year figure you gave was just pulled out of your rectum.

Even if this generation doesn't make it to see anti-aging treatments (which is a strong possibility without proper funding), it's not a waste of money to donate money to scientific research in age-related diseases. In fact, it's a very good use of money.

But I don't think you were posting here to start some kind of real debate about the feasibility of rejuvenation therapies in the next few decades. It's just a classic case of troll bait...and it seems I and a lot of others have fallen for it.

Posted by: Michael at December 29, 2013 9:12 PM

I just donated. Did I make it in time?
What time zone is the deadline in? Did I get Michael Cooper's matching?
I was a bit tight for money this month, so I couldn't donate much earlier. I meant to donate yesterday, but I was busy and forgot. But I figure it's still 2013 in the USA.

"What a waste of money... None of those anti-aging treatments will become reality in your life time."
How is it a waste of money just because it gives our children or grandchildren eternal youth but not us? I donate to lots of charities that don't benefit me personally. Everyone donates to charities that help other people but not themselves. I've been following the massive advances in biotech, so I think you're wrong about the time-frame, but even if you're right, it's definitely the best charity you could ever donate to.

Posted by: Carl at December 31, 2013 7:17 PM

Guys, stop feeding the troll.

Posted by: Abelard Lindsey at January 3, 2014 10:50 AM
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