Knowledge Stream. Aging 2.0

September 23, 2013, 20:00 lecture


On September 23rd, the Digital October Center hosted a live link-up with Brian Kennedy, PhD and CEO of the Buck Institute.

Kennedy has made a number of discoveries related to the biology of aging and serves as the director of the first national research organization in the US devoted solely to the search for and development of effective anti-aging medicines. This event will take place as part of the “Forecast for Tomorrow” lecture series, which was created by the Knowledge Stream project in collaboration with IBS.

The Institute that Kennedy presides over has gathered more than 270 international specialists; there, they perform basic and applied research on longevity issues, including the study of widespread age pathologies including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, and they search for ways to prevent and treat them.

One of the institute’s central research focuses involves studying the potential of Rapamycin, a substance discovered in soil bacteria on Easter Island about 40 years ago.

For now, it is used in tissue and organ transplants, but Rapamycin could turn out to be the infamous “elixir of youth” in 2009, several laboratories independently conducted the first successful experiments using Rapamycin on mammals. The mice that were given the drug lived 9-13% longer than their counterparts in the control groups. The age of the rodents chosen for the experiment was about 600 days, which, in human terms, is roughly equal to 60 years.

For now, however, the age-retarding substance is not without its dangers, as a result of its immunosuppressant qualities. This is the very problem that Kennedy and his colleagues at the Institute are now working to solve.

During this lecture, Brian explained why tissues and cells lose their ability to regenerate over the years, and discussed:

  • the development of Rapamycin research over the past few years
  • which of today’s anti-aging research topics have the most potential
  • what kind of social and economic shifts could take place as a result of the extension of people’s active lives.




739 show Mikhail
President, Foundation for the Support of scientific research "Science for Life Extension"
741 show Valery
PhD, gerontologist, ICHPH n.a. Emanuel RAS
472 show Danila
Member of the coordination council of the Russian Transhumanist Movement, futurologist, host of TV program For the Future on Nauka 2.0 TV channel
740 show Andrey
endocrinologist, founder of the social network for doctors Doctor at work
744 show Andrey
Candidate of Medical Science, Deputy Director of the Burnazyan Federal Center of Medicine and Biophysics
737 show Arseniy
PhD, Managing Director, Clinic of active aging Beauty Institute on Arbat

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