Fight Aging! links to resources for various healthy life extension practices, longevity research initiatives, and the supporting community. The intent is not to build an exhaustive list, but rather to provide a focused and useful starting point for newcomers. The contents of this page are occasionally updated - so assume it is at least a little behind the times, given the speed with which biotechnology is developing.
- Advocacy and Activism
- Forums and Mailing Lists
- Funding Sources
- Scientific Publications
Alliance for Aging Research
A non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and accelerating the pace of medical discoveries to vastly improve the universal experience of aging and health. They offer a wide range of useful resources and links on their web site.
American Aging Association (AGE)
AGE is a non-profit group advocating biomedical studies to slow the aging process, public education about aging and healthy life extension research, and better knowledge of gerontology among physicians.
Biogerontology Research Foundation
Basic biochemical research seeks to elucidate the workings of biological systems, thereby producing an invaluable body of knowledge about how we age at the molecular and cellular level. Great strides have been made in this field in recent years, and the research discipline called Biogerontology is well respected. Yet, acquiring this important information does not of itself improve human health. There is a gap between discovering the nature of ageing and incorporating that knowledge into medical practice. The Biogerontology Research Foundation seeks to fill this gap within the research community, whereby the current scientific understanding of the ageing process is not yet being sufficiently exploited to produce effective medical interventions.
Campaign for Aging Research
A non-profit founded in 2009 focused on advocacy for engineered longevity and fundraising for Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS) research.
Maximum Life Foundation
The mission of the Maximum Life Foundation is to accelerate the pace of research on the human aging process. Senescence, the destructive process that is responsible for human aging, is a primary cause behind heart disease, cancer, stroke, type II diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease. The Foundation has created a network of scientists, physicians, and biotechnology industry professionals to use their talents and resources to develop a strategic plan to understand and treat the underlying causes of these disease processes.
Science Against Aging
The Science Against Aging initiative is organized by the Russian "Science for Life Extension" foundation, an advocacy group with strong ties to the Russian gerontology community and a lot in common with the US-based Methuselah Foundation.
SENS Research Foundation
SENS Research Foundation was founded to develop, promote and ensure widespread access to regenerative medicine solutions to the disabilities and diseases of aging. We shall be focusing on the Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS) identified by our Chief Science Officer, Dr Aubrey de Grey, and combining direct research efforts with education, affiliation and outreach programs.
LongeCity is a grassroots organization founded to help humanity conquer the blight of involuntary death. We depend on the generous help of members and volunteers to gather information, fund projects, promote scientific research and discuss questions concerning the possibility of human physical immortality.
The LifeStar Institute has been created to do, or cause to be done, whatever is necessary to develop and make available to all human beings, repeatable clinical protocols which repair, reverse, and reduce the accumulations of damage and changes which interfere with the human body's innate ability to defend itself from disease and loss of functionality, as soon as humanly possible.
The Methuselah Foundation works towards promoting effective scientific research for healthy life extension. The Methuselah Foundation runs the well regarded Mprize for longevity research and supports Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence research conducted by the SENS Foundation.
The Vitae Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization incorporated in 2006 to forward a scientific understanding of the mechanisms of aging and to develop technology and therapies to cure age-associated pathologies.
Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant
A marvellous fable by philosopher Nick Bostrom illustrates the true toll of age-related death, a horror that most people willfully refuse to acknowledge.
An excellent article from Ronald Bailey on the scientific search for immortality.
The Mechanisms of Aging
Ben Best explains the mechanisms of aging in clear language. Know your enemy!
Why Life Extension
Ben Best gives a concise answer to the question that is often asked of healthy life extension advocates: Why live longer?
Aubrey de Grey and Michael Rae explain in detail the SENS research program, aimed at the development of rejuvenation biotechnology, and the science supporting it. This is the best extant overview of SENS, the state of scientific knowledge regarding the root causes of aging, and what can be done to build therapies to reverse aging.
Alcor is the world's largest provider of cryonics services, and has been around since 1972. Their website provides some useful introductory material, amongst other things.
Cryonet is the home of an active mailing list and online community. Links to sundry resources, opinions and commentaries on Cryonics can be found here.
Scientists' Open Letter on Cryonics
"Cryonics is a legitimate science-based endeavor that seeks to preserve human beings, especially the human brain, by the best technology available. Future technologies for resuscitation can be envisioned that involve molecular repair by nanomedicine, highly advanced computation, detailed control of cell growth, and tissue regeneration."
Suspended Animation is a research-and-development company located in South Florida. Their goal is to improve and validate procedures and equipment for intervention after cardiac arrest with the intention of delaying cell death in the human brain.
The Cryonics Society aims to foster support for the emerging science of cryonics by educating the public, advocating for more research, and by providing objective and unbiased information about cryonics and its benefits to everyone.
The Timeship is an interesting project that has been in the works for some years now, to be funded by the founders of the Life Extension Foundation. The building, designed by Stephen Valentine, will host research into cryonics and other technologies.
The Cryonet list is an active, friendly community centering around discussion of cryonic suspension. Other topics of interest to life extensionists are also brought up. Cryonet the web site contains links and list archives.
ExI Lists and Forums
The Extropy Institute maintains a number of regional and global lists, forums and other collaborative spaces. The Extropy-Chat list is very busy and home to an interesting and diverse group of people.
Gerontology Research Group List
The mailing list of the Gerontology Research Group is a place to find erudite, sensible conversation on the science of aging and present day research into healthy life extension technologies.
Longecity maintains a healthy, active forum on topics relating to the achievement of physical immortality through technology. It has a transhumanist, futurist focus, but life extension is the core message.
American Federation for Aging Research
Since 1981, the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) has helped scientists begin and further careers in aging research and geriatric medicine. Their mission is to promote healthier aging through biomedical research.
Buck Institute for Age Research
The Buck Institute mission is to increase the healthy years of each individual's life through clinically relevant biomedical research and education on the aging process and age-associated diseases.
The purpose of the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research, which was founded in 1965 by Paul F. Glenn, is to extend the healthy productive years of life through research on the mechanisms of biological aging. The Glenn Foundation supports its programs through the American Federation for Aging Research and does not make direct awards.
Longevity Medical Research Foundation
The LMRF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity organization which holds fundraising events to help support medical research, focusing on pathology that impairs and shortens one's quality of health, especially in later years. The LRMF funds SENS research with the first priority as developing an innovative strategy to prevent atherosclerosis.
Oxford Bioscience Partners
Oxford Bioscience Partners (OBP) is a life science venture capital firm that provides equity financing and management assistance to young bioscience and healthcare companies. While they have general interests, they are funding a couple of anti-aging research and development companies.
Ellison Medical Foundation
The Ellison Medical Foundation was established and supported by Lawrence J. Ellison, the CEO of Oracle. The foundation supports aging research: basic biomedical research relevant to understanding aging processes and age-related diseases and disabilities.
The Methuselah Foundation works towards promoting effective scientific research for healthy life extension by funding startup companies and research prizes.
The Thiel Foundation defends and promotes freedom in all its dimensions: political, personal, and economic. It is noteworthy for its funding of SENS Foundation research.
US National Institutes of Health
The NIH funds a wide range of medical research, a small fraction of which is related to understanding aging and developing anti-aging medicine. This small fraction is still a sizable portion of the total funds available to researches from all sources. It is worth noting that other parts of the US government are attempting to prevent or ban anti-aging research and medical technology, however.
The ongoing revolution in aging research calls for a High-Impact Research, Open-Access Journal. AGING primarily publishes papers of outstanding significance, exceptional novelty, and ground-breaking discoveries in all disciplines from yeast to humans and from evolution to medicine.
Pathobiology of Aging & Age-related Diseases
A forum for researchers to communicate pathology data as a primary scientific focus of aging; data that might be of less interest in other journals more focused on generic aging or specific scientific disciplines. We are especially interested in developing a focus for advancing the pathological basis of aging in mammalian systems, in particular the mouse and humans.
PubMed comprises more than 21 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. It can be searched for specific topics, such as "aging" or "longevity", and authors. You might also look at PubMed Central, which hosts all of the open-access publications indexed in PubMed in a searchable archive - though most are also available in the original open-access journals that published them.
Rejuvenation Research publishes cutting-edge work on rejuvenation therapies in the laboratory and clinic. The Journal presents the latest research on the necessary molecular and cellular mechanisms for these novel therapeutic approaches to be most effective. Dr. de Grey and the Journal's outstanding international editorial board present key explorations and advances in the science of aging. The scientific developments presented by the Journal may ultimately contribute to achievement of the ultimate scientific goal of slowing or reversing the aging process.
"Extropy" is both a transhumanist philosophy and a symbol for human progress. Extropy Institute is a non-profit educational corporation with a world-wide membership. It acts as an incubator for solutions, and has spent the last 15 years spearheading the early growth of transhumanism. The Institute is now working toward solutions for technological and cultural issues, and toward answers for crucial questions.
h+ Magazine is the Wired of the transhumanist community. It covers technological, scientific, and cultural changes that are changing - and will change - human beings in fundamental ways.
humanity+ is a nonprofit membership organization which works to promote discussion of the possibilities for radical improvement of human capacities using genetic, cybernetic, and nanoscale technologies. It's the largest and most active of the transhumanist organisations, with many chapters and subgroups worldwide.
Last updated: September 29th 2011