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Earlier this year, the second Scripps Florida Symposium was held and now this open access paper reports on the event. The title of of the event was ‘Advances in Therapeutic Approaches to Extend Healthspan’ and was held on January 22nd–25th, 2017 at The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Florida.

It is once again very refreshing to see that the focus of the researchers here is now firmly on intervening on the various aging processes in order to prevent or treat age-related diseases. Less than a decade ago, suggesting addressing the aging processes to treat disease as a preventative form of medicine would have jeopardised the chances of funding, or even damaged a researcher’s career prospects.

Now, the majority of researchers are engaged in exploring the potential of increasing healthspan (the period of life spent free of age-related disease) with the aim of delaying or preventing age-related diseases.

The taboo of talking about doing something about aging

Whilst there is still resistance in academia to talk in public about the potential of these therapies leading to not only healthier but also longer lives, this is nonetheless a step in the right direction. The discussion has changed dramatically in the last decade and the taboo of targeting the aging process has largely been banished. This in our view is a good thing.

Only the most conservative scientists cling to the idea that nothing can be done about aging despite the mounting evidence suggesting otherwise. 

The message that we can and should treat aging as a medical condition has spread widely in the research community and now efforts are turning to addressing this. This should really be no surprise, as rejuvenation biotechnology is simply medicine, the only difference being is that it operates from a preventative and repair approach in order to address age-related diseases.

Indeed we can see in this report that senescent cell clearance (senolytics) has been embraced by the scientific mainstream with great enthusiasm in the last year or so, an approach that was proposed by the SENS Research Foundation over a decade ago.

Conclusion

It has taken many years for the ideas proposed by Dr. Aubrey de Grey to filter down and gain wide acceptance, but in the light of increasing scientific evidence good scientists have adapted to the new data and begun to embrace a repair based approach to aging and age-related diseases.

Let us hope it does not take another ten years for researchers to accept that increasing healthspan may potentially increase lifespans.

Whilst we at LEAF do not support radical messaging in advocacy due to it being harmful, we also believe there is no shame or stigma in wanting to enjoy a healthier and longer life thanks to scientific progress. After all the goal of rejuvenation biotechnology is healthy, independent, and potentially longer lives, free from age-related disease and surely that is a goal worth striving for. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.
  1. March 24, 2019

    is rejuvenation biotechnology
    available for public ?

    • mm
      March 24, 2019

      Some of it like stem cell therapy, yes

    • April 23, 2019

      There’s a free version called autophagy from fasting that’s been around since the beginning of man.

      Look up Dr Jason Fung, as he’s written a couple of good books on the subject.

      This is a bio hack that I’ve been using the last few years to help fix things, and/or slow down the aging process.

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