Re: [GRG] Future GRG Meetings

Dear Johnny

Good idea if done right, I suggest we start out small & modestly on one or two of the most attractive subjects already turned up in BAAM, Keckich’s annual life extension party & Health Extension Salon. 

What were they & how closely did they relate to our Mission: Increased human healthspan?

I note, Johnny, that since you requested contributors to the GRG list start with a brief reference to how exactly the literature they site relates to increasing healthspan,  no one has fulfilled that requirement.

One of the first questions I suggest that we ask the GRG list is:

“What specific idea(s) and topic(s) do you recommend for threads of discussion which are directly on the mark toward increasing human healthspan?”



On Jan 28, 2015, at 2:27 PM, John M. Johnny Adams, GRG Exec Director wrote:

Re. Future GRG Meetings.  

Your input is requested.  Please see questions below.

Dear GRG Member,

Future GRG meetings, as well as virtually all GRG activities, will sharply focus on the mission of creating solutions to slow and ultimately reverse aging for more healthy years.

Bringing you news of the latest research and developments, and forum interaction, will remain a component of that mission.

Steve and I had discussed an all-online and remote GRG videoconferencing meeting format.  Members would join from computers (or phone) at their own locations, at a time most convenient to all. 

Preferably we would all see and talk with one other via webcam and microphone.  Or if you don’t have a webcam or are shy, you can join by phone. 

Meetings would be held at a time convenient to east coast members, and we want to accommodate members from other parts of the world. 

I would host from Orange County, LA, the San Francisco Bay Area, or wherever I am in the world at the time.  Members would be invited to join me there.  Groups would be encouraged to congregate and join in at other locations.

There may be a guest speaker, and they could possibly be brought to our location – or they could present online from their location.

Or it might be in roundtable format where we discuss topics and how we will create solutions.  Or both.

With the permission of the hosts, “meetings†may be in the form of a webcast of a symposium or events like the Bay Area Aging Meeting, Health Extension Salon, Dave Kekich’s annual life extension party, and others.  I, and others attending the event, would occasionally step in front of the camera and comment.

Meetings may eventually be split into two per month – one scientific, and one for the interested public.  Everyone would be invited to attend both. 

The first meeting would be dedicated to Steve’s memory with a moment of silence for prayer or reflection.


1) We’re levering technology and getting into new territory.  There may be some experimentation and trial and error.  We’ll see how it goes.

So what do you think of all this?

2) What day of the week, and time of day would you join an online (or phone) GRG meeting?

3) What videoconferencing technology do you suggest?  

Would you be willing to guide other members in the setup and use of the system?

Here are some for starters:

– GoToMeeting – GRG cofounder Steven Kaye generously offered the use of his account.

– Google Hangout

– GoToWebinar

– Skype videoconferencing

– What else?

It might be possible to acquire some critical technologies that leverage our mission of creating aging solutions.  For example high definition webcasting equipment.

Would you be interested in funding a more sophisticated videoconferencing system that would better facilitate advances in the creation of aging solutions?  It would be tax deductible.

4) What should be the topic of the first meeting?  Suggestions:

–  Biomarkers of aging, and other measures to evaluate the effectiveness of a regimen

–  Compounds ready or near ready for human trials

–  Recruiting top level scientists with expertise and drive in the creation of aging therapies.

–  Pilot study or beta study trial format — a “practical, small, informal, fast track, low risk, MD monitored and controlled†method with biomarkers and biological measures, conducted by a small group of associates.  This would bypass the huge expense of formal clinical trials and get results we can use and benefit from soon.

–  Replacement parts by organ and tissue engineering.

–  Gene therapy

–  Nanotech

–  Fundraising

What do you want as a topic?

5) Who do you suggest for speakers?  Do you know them, and/or will you contact them and ask them to speak?  They could possibly be brought to our location – or they could present online from their location.

We rely on active participation from members.  *What are your ideas?*


John M. “Johnny†Adams

Executive Director Gerontology Research Group

(650) 265-4969

(949) 922-9786 cell


CEO / Exec. Director

Carl I. Bourhenne Medical Research Foundation / Aging Intervention Foundation


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. 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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