[GRG] Hollywood Should Focus on Personalized Longevity Science instead of Anti-Aging Pseudo-Remedies

Maria Konovalenko
posted: ” This attention-worthy article in The Hollywood
Reporter signals that Hollywood people are ready and willing to do
something about their longevity. The article mentions hormone replacement
therapy, different check-ups and other things available in


Hollywood Must Turn Its Head to Personalized Longevity Science instead of
Anti-Aging Pseudoremedies
Maria Konovalenko
This attention-worthy article in The Hollywood Reporter signals that
Hollywood people are ready and willing to do something about their
longevity. The article mentions hormone replacement therapy, different
check-ups and other things available in California, however completely
misses 99 percent of what actually can be done about aging — science.
Why doesn’t the author talk about the work done at the

Buck Institute for Research on Aging, USC, UCLA, and Stanford
    People are looking for a ready solution, something
that they can do today, and mistakenly dismiss science completely,
because they think it is too far away for being applied to them. Well,
this is a wrong approach. Science can be applied to a particular person’s
health. It is called personalized science. It means that we can treat a
given person’s health as a scientific task. There already are several
examples for personalized science in action.
    Martine Rothblatt created a pharma company to invent a
cure for her daughter Jenesis’s rare disease primary pulmonary
hypertension, she hired the best researcher in that area back in 1996 and
they created the pill that significantly improved the well-being of these
patients including her daughter. This venture turned out to be quite
profitable as well as being life-saving.
    The other example is Michael Snyder and his recent
attempt to analyze “omics” data about himself. Prof. Snyder is
the Head of Genetics Department at Stanford University. He was measuring
40,000 parameters and by analyzing all this health data, his team managed
to spot the onset of Type-2 Diabetes way earlier than he would have
noticed it using conventional methods.
    So, there is so much that can be done using scientific
approach to health. It is not cheap, and at this point of time this kind
of personalized science is for the wealthy, however the Hollywood
Reporter article is exactly for this kind of crowd, it describes
quite expensive health services that don’t necessarily yield results. I
believe the message that science is a very powerful tool to increase
longevity has to be brought to the general public, especially here in
California where a great number of outstanding aging research facilities
are located.
Maria Konovalenko | September 14, 2014 at 10:53


Hollywood Reporter,

martine rothblatt,

Michael Snyder,

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L. Stephen Coles, M.D., Ph.D., Cofounder
Los Angeles Gerontology Research GroupE-mail: scoles@grg.orgE-mail:


About Johnny Adams

My full-time commitment is to slow and ultimately reverse age related functional decline to increase healthy years of life. I’ve been active in this area since the 1970s, steadily building skills and accomplishments. I have a good basic understanding of the science of aging, and have many skills that complement those of scientists so they can focus on science to advance our shared mission. Broad experience Top skills: administration, management, information technology (data and programming), communications, writing, marketing, market research and analysis, public speaking, forging ethical win-win outcomes among stakeholders (i.e. high level "selling"). Knowledge in grant writing, fundraising, finance. Like most skilled professionals, I’m best described as a guy who defines an end point, then figures out how to get there. I enjoy the conception, design, execution and successful completion of a grand plan. Executive Director Gerontology Research Group (GRG). Manages Email discussion forum, web site, meetings and oversees supercentenarian (oldest humans, 110+ years) research. CEO / Executive Director Carl I. Bourhenne Medical Research Foundation (Aging Intervention Foundation), an IRS approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit. http://www.AgingIntervention.org Early contributor to Supercentenarian Research Foundation. Co-Founder Geroscience Healthspan Forum. Active contributor to numerous initiatives to increase healthy years of life. Co-authored book on conventional, practical methods available today to slow the processes of aging – nutrition, exercise, behavior modification and motivation, stress reduction, proper supplementation, damage caused by improper programs, risk reduction and others. Fundamental understanding of, and experience in the genomics of longevity (internship analyzing and curating longevity gene papers). Biological and technical includes information technology, software development and computer programming, bioinformatics and protein informatics, online education, training programs, regulatory, clinical trials software, medical devices (CAT scanners and related), hospital electrical equipment testing program. Interpersonal skills – good communication, honest, well liked, works well in teams or alone. Real world experience collaborating in interdisciplinary teams in fast paced organizations. Uses technology to advance our shared mission. Education: MBA 1985 University of Southern California -- Deans List, Albert Quon Community Service Award (for volunteering with the American Longevity Association and helping an elderly lady every other week), George S. May Scholarship, CA State Fellowship. BA psychology, psychobiology emphasis 1983 California State University Fullerton Physiological courses as well as core courses (developmental, abnormal etc). UCLA Psychobiology 1978, one brief but fast moving and fulfilling quarter. Main interest was the electrochemical basis of consciousness. Also seminars at the NeuroPsychiatric Institute. Other: Ongoing conferences, meetings and continuing education. Aging, computer software and information technology. Some molecular biology, biotech, bio and protein informatics, computer aided drug design, clinical medical devices, electronics, HIPAA, fundraising through the Assoc. of Fundraising Professionals. Previous careers include: Marketing Increasing skill set and successes in virtually all phases, with valuable experience in locating people and companies with the greatest need and interest in a product or service, and sitting across the table with decision makers and working out agreements favorable to all. Information Technology: Management, data analysis and programming in commercial and clinical trials systems, and bioinformatics and protein informatics. As IT Director at Newport Beach, CA based technology organization Success Family of Continuing Education Companies, provided online software solutions for insurance and financial professionals in small to Fortune 500 size companies. We were successful with lean team organization (the slower moving competition was unable to create similar software systems). Medical devices: At Omnimedical in Paramount CA developed and managed quality assurance dept. and training depts. for engineers, physicians and technicians. Designed hospital equipment testing program for hospital services division. In my early 20’s I was a musician, and studied psychology and music. Interned with the intention of becoming a music therapist. These experiences helped develop valuable skills used today to advance our shared mission of creating aging solutions.
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