The Life Extension Advocacy Foundation (LEAF) volunteers have started to maintain a Rejuvenation Roadmap resource. This is intended to be a reference and visual summary of the state of progress in the various lines of research the LEAF staff consider relevant to the treatment of aging as a medical condition. We can always disagree on the details, such as the choice to use the Hallmarks of Aging rather than SENS as a categorization strategy, but I think that this sort of project is very helpful as our community grows. New arrivals benefit greatly from summaries and starting points. In the years ahead the present set of disagreements found in summaries of the field and strategic choices in research should be washed away by data from clinical trials - questions of what works and what doesn't will start to have firm answers.
One of the most commonly asked questions we receive is "How is progress going in aging research?" It is something we are asked so often that we decided to provide the community with a resource that will help them to keep track of progress directly. To that end, today we have launched our new curated database, the Rejuvenation Roadmap, which will be tracking the progress of the many therapies and projects in the rejuvenation biotechnology field. This database aims to give a quick visual summary of the status of each drug or therapy along with some additional information for people interested in learning more about them.
We believe that an informed community is an effective one, and this was one of our motivations for developing this new database. There are many resources for scientists, such as the superb databases of the Human Ageing Genomic Resources maintained by Dr. João Pedro de Magalhães, which are excellent for researchers. However, we noticed that there was no database that tracked the efforts of the many researchers and projects in the field, and while some people do maintain lists, they are often not public facing, easy to access, or user-friendly.
Obviously, this is very much a work in progress, and the current list of therapies is relatively small, but it does give an idea of how it will work, and it is not hard to see how this could grow into a comprehensive resource for the community. The database will continue to grow and be updated as time passes, giving a unique, up-to-date overview of where the science and progress currently is. We hope that you like what we are doing with The Rejuvenation Roadmap and that you will find it useful.