European Longevity Conferences in November

By stretching the definition of European to include the United Kingdom, a topic about which everyone involved seems ambivalent, we can say that November opens with a set of three European longevity conferences, all within a few days of one another. The first is in London, running today, the second in Valencia, the third in Brussels. Conferences and concrete are metrics by which one can judge the health of a field: the more events, the more interest, and the more buildings under construction at various institutions, the more advanced the state of funding. First the conferences, and then the concrete, years later, if the field continues to grow and become successful.

It is still the case that most people remain to be informed that treating aging as a medical condition is a very real possibility for the near future. Most people remain to be persuaded that preventing death and disability by aging is of great importance, indeed the most important project that our species might undertake. Yet those very same people will be among the majority that will suffer and die from aging. Aging is by far the greatest cause of harm, loss, and cost in the world, its consequences many times larger than the next most severe affliction affecting humanity. We stand on the verge of doing something about this, but the silent majority doesn't know and doesn't care. The world still needs to be awoken.

Thus conferences, networking, advocacy, and spreading the word. This is an important juncture in the growth of the rejuvenation research community, as investment in the clinical development of senolytics, the first of the new classes of rejuvenation therapies outlined in the SENS vision for the treatment of aging, is pulling new groups into this sphere at an increasing pace. Rejuvenation through periodic repair of the molecular damage that causes aging will be the basis for a vast industry of medicine, larger than anything that has come before. Everyone adult is a customer at some price point. The first successful companies to deploy working rejuvenation therapies will become behemoths capable of funding the basic science to finalize all of the SENS rejuvenation biotechnologies. If the world can be awoken, if the resources for growth obtained, then the next few decades in the medical life sciences will prove to be a wild ride indeed.

The Longevity Forum, November 5th 2018

Our inaugural forum, which takes place on 5 November 2018 in London, is a true public and private partnership which will address a host of issues pertaining to the full human life cycle - both from a scientific and a social science perspective. It will bring together key opinion leaders from the worlds of government, business, science and education, to identify immediate and long-term priorities for The Longevity Forum.

Longevity World Forum, November 7th-8th, 2018

Life expectancy for humankind has increased considerably in the last 100 years. In fact, now we wonder about the limit of human longevity. Living better and longer is one of the main concerns of our society as well as one of the main objectives of contemporary medicine. Thus, the scientific community is working really hard to bring advances in this sense and to broaden knowledge about the genetic basis of human longevity and the biological mechanisms related to aging. Scientists want to find therapeutic strategies to prolong life and assure a quality standard. All in all, Longevity World Forum is conceived as a new space for experts to collaborate and develop knowledge about this field.

Fourth Eurosymposium on Healthy Ageing, November 8th-10th 2018

The defeat of aging lies within our collective grasp. It's time to seize this remarkable opportunity. The Eurosymposium on Healthy Ageing proclaims the possibility and the imperative of a moonshot project to overcome all age-related diseases within 25 years by tackling aging as their root cause. The result will be a world where healthcare is far less expensive; where human well-being can be radically extended; where people place greater value on the environment and on peace, in view of their expectation of much longer lives; where the right to life is more precious than ever, because life is longer.

Key steps in this initiative will include a paradigm shift stressing the need for research on aging itself, rather than only on individual diseases of old age; the removal of regulatory and other barriers which prevent or disincentivize companies from developing treatments for aging itself; an accelerated program to test anti-aging interventions on a much larger scale than anything that exists at the moment, leading to multiple human clinical trials of genuine rejuvenation biotechnologies by 2021. These programs will require a coordinated effort at national and international level, integrating diverse existing and novel research approaches. They need to be financed by both public and private organizations, and create inclusive, affordable solutions available on equal terms to everybody.


Come on, of course the United Kingdom is European.

Posted by: Martin Andersen at November 5th, 2018 2:09 PM

These days the UK is less European than it ever was. Still, it's nice to see British rejuvenation stakeholders organise such a meeting.

Posted by: Spede at November 5th, 2018 2:54 PM

Hopefully, these kind of outreach events can get the word out to policy makers. This is going to be part of Jim Mellon's job. He has the connections. But we must support him by contacting the representatives and lending our voice as well.

The UK has its hands full at the moment with Brexit, but Jim's been working on his connections and bringing them all on board. All of them are well connected too.

Interesting point... Aubrey has often said that there are 3 types of people that really push for SENS and what he is trying to do. Libertarians, IT nerds, and Canadians. I'm all 3. I'm an easy sell. How do we get this kind of event here? Once again, an easy sell... I'm surrounded by Canadians!

I wonder if any Canuck billionaires are interested. Maybe Jim has some contacts here.

Posted by: Mark Borbely at November 5th, 2018 3:20 PM

On the negative side, apart from the SAT (Standard Aubrey's Talk) and some senolytics presentations, none of the presentations seem to be SENS-related.

Posted by: Antonio at November 5th, 2018 5:30 PM

Speaking as a European and someone from the UK I can assure you no one has as yet towed our island out to sea so it is no longer part of Europe :) Brexit nonsense aside LEAF will be at the EHA in the persons of Elena and Nicola and early next year there is another conference in London I will be at.

Interest absolutely does appear to be rising in the wider public audience so let's keep up the good work folks :D

Posted by: Steve Hill at November 5th, 2018 6:53 PM


We might see some interesting news about the senolitics. It seems new results come every month. But having so many conferences within such short time seems a bit dense.

Posted by: Cuberat at November 5th, 2018 8:21 PM

Liberty allows for radical technological advance. Outside of the Anglo-sphere and the countries we helped 'liberate' after WWII, (Western Europe, Japan, Korea & Taiwan), there has been next to no technological advance.

In Pharmaceuticals more than 99% of new drugs have come from these countries. Even though these countries account for ~1/5th of humanity.

Where the state determines everything that is allowed or not allowed, anything new is going to be disruptive to some vested interest. So anything new will simply be stopped by the state.

That is how in the dark ages there was next to no technological advance. Surely there were inventors along the way, but if those inventions were never allowed, and the ideas behind them never taught or disseminated, then the inventions fade back into nothingness.

Posted by: aa3 at November 5th, 2018 8:58 PM

It would be nice if liberty of the populace were the grease that keeps the engines of innovation running, but probably all that is required is some level of freedom and privilege for the technical and scientific class - along with funding, of course. We'll see how China's Thousand Talents Plan works out.

Posted by: CD at November 6th, 2018 3:12 PM

It is not as simple as you say it. For example, the Nazi Germany had many amazing achievements, and they are not exactly the paragon of liberty...

>In Pharmaceuticals more than 99% of new drugs have come from these countries. Even though these countries account for ~1/5th of humanity.

Don't discount the research done in the USSR (for example, the concept of stem cells). However, the richer a society is the more research it can afford to do. And from a financial point of view, especially as GDP per capita, 90% of the countries are too poor to afford massive research. At least not at the same scale as the developed world and every region has its own endemic issues that require research effort too

Posted by: cuberat at November 6th, 2018 4:47 PM
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