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As the new year begins, we approach one of the most awaited life extension events of 2019: the Undoing Aging conference.

Starting off with a success

The Undoing Aging conference series started off in 2018, with the first being held in Berlin, Germany, in mid-March. Especially when you consider that UA2018 was the inaugural event of the series, it was extremely successful; the three-day conference organized by SENS Research Foundation (SRF) and Forever Healthy Foundation (FHF) brought together many of the most illustrious experts in the fields of aging research, biotechnology, regenerative medicine, AI for drug discovery, advocacy and policy, and business and investment.

Among them were personalities such as regenerative medicine pioneer Dr. Anthony Atala; MitoSENS team leader Dr. Matthew O’Connor; Ichor Therapeutics CEO Kelsey Moody; Nuchido Limited CEO Nichola Conlon; Dr. Vera Gorbunova from Rochester University; Dr. David Spiegel from Yale University; Dr. Alex Zhavoronkov from Insilico Medicine; and far too many more to mention. Videos of the talks can be watched on UA2018’s website, and, to this date, more keep being added.

Nearly the whole LEAF team attended UA2018, and as one of our board directors, Steve Hill, reported here, the overall impressions were absolutely positive. The event was featured on other longevity-dedicated outlets, such as Long Long Life, as well as German newspapers, such as Zeit.

Setting the stage for another triumph

SRF and FHF are now preparing for the second Undoing Aging conference, which is to be held again in Berlin at the very same venue as last year, the Umspannwerk Alexanderplatz. A partial event program is already available, and the exciting speaker list, which keeps growing, already includes giants such as cellular senescence expert Dr. Judith Campisi; Dr. Manuel Serrano, one of the authors of the universally acclaimed paper The Hallmarks of Aging; Dr. Irina Conboy from Berkeley University; Dr. Nir Barzilai from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Unity Biotechnology CEO Nathaniel David; and many others.

Among the topics to be discussed are immunity and aging, cellular senescence, protection from oxidative stress, telomerase in aging and cancer, and neuroprotection in neurodegenerative diseases.

FHF founder and CEO Michael Greve explained,

We have several major goals for Undoing Aging. The main one is to accelerate the development of effective rejuvenation therapies by promoting the damage repair approach to age-related diseases.

We also want to encourage and strengthen the science and start-up communities that already work on molecular and cellular repair of age-related damage, and attract new scientists and students to this field by letting them experience first-hand the exciting developments in rejuvenation biotech. Last but not least, we want to encourage the exchange between scientists and the broader rejuvenation advocacy community, as well as the general press.

LEAF will be there to cover the event

The LEAF team will be at the event to interview some of the amazing researchers and report on everything discussed there. You can rest assured that, just like last year, we will follow the conference with a report and many interviews with the leading minds in rejuvenation biotechnology.

If you are attending the conference, don’t hesitate to come and have a chat with us; we would love to meet you. Keith Comito, Oliver Medvedik, Elena Milova, Steve Hill, and others from the team will be there, so come and get to know us better.

The three-day conference will take place on March 28–30 and is likely to be attended by an even larger audience than last year. If you wish to attend, you can get your tickets here and take advantage of the early bird discount until January 24. Also, remember that, if you are a student, you get an even better price!

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Nicola Bagalà

Nicola is a bit of a jack of all trades—a holder of an M.Sc. in mathematics; an amateur programmer; a hobbyist at novel writing, piano and art; and, of course, a passionate life extensionist. After his interest in the science of undoing aging arose in 2011, he gradually shifted from quiet supporter to active advocate in 2015, first launching his advocacy blog Rejuvenaction before eventually joining LEAF. These years in the field sparked an interest in molecular biology, which he actively studies. Other subjects he loves to discuss to no end are cosmology, artificial intelligence, and many others—far too many for a currently normal lifespan, which is one of the reasons he’s into life extension.
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