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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 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

Steve serves on the LEAF Board of Directors and is the Editor in Chief, coordinating the daily news articles and social media content of the organization. He is an active journalist in the aging research and biotechnology field and has to date written over 500 articles on the topic as well as attending various medical industry conferences. In 2019 he was listed in the top 100 journalists covering biomedicine and longevity research in the industry report – Top-100 Journalists covering advanced biomedicine and longevity created by the Aging Analytics Agency. His work has been featured in H+ magazine, Psychology Today, Singularity Weblog, Standpoint Magazine, and, Keep me Prime, and New Economy Magazine. Steve has a background in project management and administration which has helped him to build a united team for effective fundraising and content creation, while his additional knowledge of biology and statistical data analysis allows him to carefully assess and coordinate the scientific groups involved in the project. In 2015 he led the Major Mouse Testing Program (MMTP) for the International Longevity Alliance and in 2016 helped the team of the SENS Research Foundation to reach their goal for the OncoSENS campaign for cancer research.
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