Extending Healthy Human Lifespan For All
Our mission is to promote biomedical technologies that will increase healthy human lifespan. By crowdfunding research efforts and engaging the public, we aim to more quickly bring about a future free from age-related diseases.
In 2014, the Life Extension Advocacy Foundation was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting healthy human lifespan through fiscally sponsoring longevity research projects and raising awareness regarding the societal benefits of healthy life extension.
In 2015, we launched Lifespan.io, the first nonprofit crowdfunding platform focused on the biomedical research of aging. We believe that this will enable the general public to influence the pace of research directly. To date, we have successfully supported seven research projects aimed at investigating different aging processes raising over $310,000 for aging research.
Imagine a world where age-related diseases are a thing of the past, a world where the specters of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and many more are consigned to history. Many researchers now believe that we might delay, prevent, or even reverse age-related diseases by targeting the aging processes directly. Indeed, there are now a myriad of studies that strongly suggest that this is the case and now technologies developed over the last decade or two for that purpose are finally starting to reach human trials.
We believe that humanity is on the cusp of great scientific advances in medicine, advances that will change how we consider aging and how we treat age-related diseases.
AGE-RELATED ILL HEALTH IS A GLOBAL PROBLEM
Global population is rapidly aging as fertility declines and life expectancy increases. According to the United Nations Population Prospects, in 2015, 12% of the global population were aged 60 or over and by 2050, 22% of the global population is projected to be aged 60 or over. This is anticipated to grow in the decades following and by 2100, old people will constitute about one-third of the global population.
With an increasingly aging population comes an increased incidence of age-related disease and ill health. The increasing burden of age-related diseases places an unbearable load on the system of healthcare. The imbalance between a productive workforce and people who become dependent because of age-related disability represents a major challenge for the global economy.
Health is the most important aspect of remaining productive and contributing to socio-economic development. We believe that, by supporting the creation and implementation of new biotechnologies aimed at bringing the aging processes under medical control, we could potentially help millions of people remain healthier for longer, and have happier and more productive lives.
MAINTAINING PUBLIC DIALOGUE ABOUT HEALTHY LIFE EXTENSION
While we live in an era of universal access to information, there is a lack of information available to the public about the processes of aging and the progress in preventing and postponing age-related diseases through emerging medical technologies.
The LEAF team organizes educational events, takes part in different public and scientific conferences, and actively engages with the public on social media in order to help disseminate this crucial information. We initiate public dialogue aimed at regulatory improvement in the fields related to rejuvenation biotechnology.
We have also been featured in the media appearing on national television, magazines, newspapers, and we also travel the world speaking at scientific conferences and public events.
We also work to attract more attention from decision-makers to the need for increased funding allocation for fundamental and translational science.
We have achieved a great deal in our relatively short existence and you can read more about what we have been up to in our achievements section.