Methuselah Foundation Announces Aging 2008 at UCLA

From: Michael Anissimov (
Date: Thu May 22 2008 - 13:02:52 MDT

Fellow life extension advocates,

This event (*Aging: The Disease, The Cure, The Implications*, or *Aging 2008
* for short) a coming up in about a month. June 27th, UCLA, Royce Hall,
4-8PM, dinner after for an additional $30. Host is the Methuselah
Foundation. 8 great speakers, including Aubrey, William Haseltine, Bruce
Ames, Greg Stock, and others. Be there if you can, blog about it if you
can't. The event is free but registration (
is required. This is the chance for life extension advocates to make a huge
splash in California, the absolute hub of regenerative medicine research,
whose greatest application will be to slow and eventually reverse the
diseases of aging.

Press release is below. "Things you can do to help" page is here:

Anyone who blogs about this gets a link on the event blogroll at Just email Aubrey (his email
address is at the bottom of the page) and he'll make sure it gets up.

Royce Hall has a capacity of 1800. If we come anywhere close to filling it,
it will create a great impression in the eyes of local and national media!

Press release link:

*Methuselah Foundation Announces Aging 2008 at UCLA*

*Have You Ever Dreamed of Climbing Mt. Everest — on Your 125th Birthday?*

LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire - May 19, 2008) - On *Friday, June 27th*,
leading scientists and thinkers in stem cell research and regenerative
medicine will gather in Los Angeles at UCLA for *Aging
* to explain how their work can combat human aging, and the sociological
implications of developing rejuvenation therapies.

*Aging 2008* is *free*, with advance registration required at

Dr. Aubrey de Grey, chairman and chief science officer of the Methuselah
Foundation, said, "Our organization has raised over $10 million to crack
open the logjams in longevity science. With the two-armed strategy of direct
investments into key research projects, and a competitive prize to spur on
competing scientists' race to break rejuvenation and longevity records in
lab mice, the Foundation is actively accelerating the drive toward a future
free of age-related degeneration." The Methuselah Foundation has been
covered by "60 Minutes," Popular Science, The Wall Street Journal, and other
top-flight media outlets.

The State of California is a frontrunner in regenerative medicine and stem
cell research. On November 2, 2004, more than seven million Californians
voted to pass Proposition 71, establishing the California Institute for
Regenerative Medicine, and allocating $3 billion over ten years to fund stem
cell research. Proposition 71 was a rare instance of voters directly
authorizing funding for scientific research.

The speakers at *Aging 2008* will argue that the near-term consequences of
intense research into regenerative medicine could be the development of
therapies that extend healthy human life by decades, even if the therapies
are applied in middle age. Peter Thiel, president of Clarium Capital,
initial investor in Facebook, and lead sponsor of Aging 2008, said, "The
time has come to challenge the inevitability of aging. This forum will
provide an excellent opportunity to look at the scientific barriers that
must be overcome to substantially extend healthy human life, as well as the
sociological implications of doing so."

Aging 2008 also serves as the free opening session for the technically
focused Understanding Aging Conference, which will run at UCLA on June 28th
and 29th.

*What:* Aging: The Disease, The Cure, The Implications, hosted by Methuselah

*When:* Friday, June 27, 2008, Drinks 4pm, Presentations 5pm, Dinner 8pm

*Where:* Royce Hall, 405 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

* Dr. Bruce Ames, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UC
* G. Steven Burrill, Chairman of Pharmasset and Chairman of Campaign for
Medical Research
* Dr. Aubrey de Grey, Chairman and CSO of Methuselah Foundation and author
of Ending Aging
* Dr. William Haseltine, Chairman of Haseltine Global Health
* Daniel Perry, Executive Director of Alliance for Aging Research
* Bernard Siegel, Executive Director of Genetics Policy Institute
* Dr. Gregory Stock, Director of Program on Medicine, Technology & Society
at UCLA School of Medicine
* Dr. Michael West, CEO of BioTime and Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering
at UC Berkeley

*About Methuselah Foundation*

The Methuselah Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to
extending the healthy human lifespan. Founded in 2002 by entrepreneur David
Gobel and gerontologist Dr. Aubrey de Grey, the Methuselah Foundation funds
two major projects: The Mprize, a multimillion dollar research prize, and
SENS, a detailed engineering plan to repair aging-related damage. Learn more

*Media Contact*: Maria Entraigues, 310-242-3660,

Michael Anissimov

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