Over the past few years, there has been a tradition of longevity researchers and activists around the world to organize events on or around October 1 — the UN International Day of Older Persons, or Longevity Day. In recent years, this has been extended to include the entire month of October as a Longevity Month, in which activists organize various activities and events to raise awareness for aging research.
This year, we have continued the tradition with our Longevity Month “I am the Lifespan” event, where people tell us their stories and how they got interested in aging research and doing something about age-related diseases. We are pleased to say that the response to our Longevity Month event has been a great success, with lots of videos being sent in by people from the community. We have been showcasing them on our Facebook event page during the last few weeks, and as the event has now ended, we wanted to share a few more with you and tell you a little bit about some of the participants.
I am the Lifespan
First, we have Dr. Laura Weston. Laura is a pathologist, an artist and also one of the LEAF volunteer team, and she has been busy in October organizing the Inktober event on our Facebook page, where she has been creating unique works of art to raise funds for the MouseAge project at Lifespan.io. She is part of Black Cat Studios, a small private recording, music production and art studio in Leicestershire, UK. She has been creating some truly stunning pieces of art to support scientific research, and we are honored to have her support as an artist and as a medical professional.