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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.

Next, we have Kali Carrigan who has a background in genetics–where she has worked as a cancer researcher– and psychology, where she has carried out several projects involving narratives of death and the effects of mortality salience on health-oriented behavior. She was one of the first translators of Aubrey de Grey’s groundbreaking book “Ending Aging” into the Spanish language. Kali is a freelance specialist at the Forever Healthy Foundation and is also one of the LEAF volunteer team. Currently, she is writing her M.A. thesis on the semiotics of death in contemporary Europe and the United States.
We also have LEAF director Elena Milova giving her reasons for supporting the development of rejuvenation biotechnology. Elena is responsible for outreach and advocacy at LEAF, and she is engaged in a wide variety of activities, including organizing events, speaking at conferences and engaging the community about science. She has been active in the longevity community for a number of years and, during that time, has proven herself to be a very capable activist and has achieved a great deal.
We would like to thank everyone who took part and supported this event. Be sure to check out the various videos people made for it. We will see you next year for another fun event!
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Steve Hill

As a scientific writer and a devoted advocate of healthy longevity and the technologies to promote them, Steve has provided the community with hundreds of educational articles, interviews, and podcasts, helping the general public to better understand aging and the means to modify its dynamics. His materials can be found at H+ Magazine, Longevity reporter, Psychology Today and Singularity Weblog. He is a co-author of the book “Aging Prevention for All” – a guide for the general public exploring evidence-based means to extend healthy life (in press).
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