congratulations Ilia!! Live long and prosper 😉
2014-09-06 20:29 GMT+02:00 Ilia Stambler :
On March 26, 2014, there took place in Bar Ilan
University the conference
entitled – “Biology of Longevity and Quality of Life” which was also widely
promoted under the title “Pathways to Healthy Longevity”. The conference was
held as a part of the celebrations of Israel Science Day, under the auspices of
the Israel Ministry of Science.
The conference gathered some of the
foremost experts in Israel
on biology of aging and longevity. Over 200 people attended. Special thanks go
to Dr. Aubrey de Grey, Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, who was
the guest of honor and key note speaker at the conference and the accompanying
events of the Israel Science Day, on the special Invitation from the Ministry
This was the largest conference in Israel
so far on biology of aging and longevity in terms of attendance. The conference
was followed by a series of public events, mini-conferences and media
appearances within the framework of the Israel Science Day.
The media responses to the conference and
generally to the topic of longevity research and increasing healthy lifespan
were very extensive and extremely positive (despite some exaggerated titles).
Some of the media responses are listed here:
Altogether, the conference, the
public events and the media coverage raised unprecedented interest in the topic
of biology of aging and longevity in Israel, both in the professional
research community and the broad lay public. The broad public promotion was
accompanied by extensive networking within the professional research community and
with decision makers, particularly at the Ministry of Science.
I am happy to report that the
advocacy efforts bore fruit!
the Israel Ministry of Science established a research program entitled “The development
of scientific and technological infrastructure in the area: science, technology
and innovation for the sake of the elderly”. The call for research proposals is
included in the link below. The program budget for the year 2015 is set up to 15
million shekels (about $4.2 million). The program includes 3 major areas: 1)
Technology, 2) Life Sciences and Medical Sciences, 3) Social and Behavioral
Science – for the sake of the elderly.
Technology area includes such topics as Information and Communication Technologies,
Nano-medicine (diagnosis and treatment), Medical robotics, Bioengineering and
more. The Life Sciences and Medical Sciences area includes such topics as cell
and molecular biology, immunology, brain research, specific and personalized
diagnosis for the elderly and more. The Social and Behavioral Sciences area includes
such topics as improving social participation and status of the elderly, their
cognitive and mental state, socio-economic and public health evaluation and
planning and more.
call for proposals encourages research and development aiming at practical
applications or having the potential to become practical applications for the
sake of the elderly. Furthermore, it encourages inter-disciplinary research.
Thus, submissions can be made in one of the three areas, or their combinations
(2 or 3 areas at once). Grants will be
given for 3 years. If submitting in one area by a single research group, the
grant is said to be up to NIS 500,000 (~$ 138,000),
if in 2 areas – up to NIS 1.2 million (~$ 333,000)
and if in 3 areas – up to NIS
2 million (~$ 555,000). The grants are said to be for Israeli researchers.
Submissions deadline is October 27.
instructions can be found at this link:
Congratulations to everybody on this highly positive
development for longevity research!
Thanks to all who are daily contributing to its success!
Yet, clearly this is just one step on the road. Beside the
improved ability to conduct research, the establishment of the Israeli
Longevity Research program proves beyond any doubt: Advocacy works!
Raising massive public awareness combined with reaching out to the professional
community and decision makers can produce tangible support for aging and
Hoping for more advocacy efforts and collaborations in order
that the scientific biological and medical research and technological
development aimed for improving the healthy longevity of the elderly – will
receive the foremost place in the Israeli and International research and
development agenda. The growing aging population and the rapid development of
science and technology dictate the foremost place for longevity science.