Things I want to know:
What technologies/announcements over the last 10 years that were touted as going to make a significant contribution to reversing/delaying aging have not borne fruit, and why (resveratrol, nanomedicine, stem cell miracles etc)? What lessons are there to be learned. In the oil industry parlance, why is/was this a dry hole instead of a gusher so we can better learn where to drill next time.
Is doing research on mice and rats honest to god useful for humans or is it a “this is all we can do, so we should at least do SOMETHING”. Now that human 3d tissues are being sold for toxicology and pharma kinetics, should we move our focus there asap?
Has/will anyone do the testing to determine in advance which drugs an individual might take that will actually be effective in their case.
What opportunities are there to use the rapidly approaching “internet of things” and “body area networks” to save and preserve lives.
for video conferencing, another option is VSEE.com
On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 8:41 PM, John M. “Johnny” Adams, GRG Exec Director wrote:
Elliot and GRG Members,
I’ll echo Elliot’s question:
What specific idea(s) and topic(s) do you recommend for threads of discussion which are directly on the mark toward increasing human healthspan?
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Elliot BergmanSent: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 1:23 PMTo: Gerontology Research GroupSubject: Re: [GRG] Future GRG Meetings
Dear Johnny et.al.
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
– 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
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
(949) 922-9786 cell
CEO / Exec. Director
Carl I. Bourhenne Medical Research Foundation / Aging Intervention Foundation