[GRG] The Critical Need to Promote Research of Aging (press release ISOAD)

Re: The Critical Need to Promote Research of Aging and
Aging-related Diseases to Improve Health and Longevity of the Elderly
Population (press release ISOAD)

(Original http://ift.tt/1vqNPd1


Dear colleagues,


I would like to draw your attention
to the following press release of the International Society on Aging and
Disease (ISOAD).


On November 1-2, 2014, there took place in Beijing, China,
the first International Conference on Aging and Disease (ICAD) of the
International Society on Aging and Disease (ISOAD, http://isoad.org/). It showcased some of the
latest advances in aging and longevity research, including regenerative
medicine, geroprotective substances and regimens.


The range of cutting edge, often breakthrough, topics and
advances from over 60 presenters from around the world can be seen in the
conference program http://ift.tt/1peWrQY.
The conference report, entitled “Stop Aging Disease!” (which is also the ISOAD
official motto) was recently published in the ISOAD journal Aging and
Disease, http://ift.tt/17tpIoW
describing a variety of the fields presented, from modulation of energy
balance, through toxicology, genomics, proteomics and immunotherapy to systems
biology, behavioral therapy and health research policy, aimed to achieve
healthy longevity.


The conference provided yet another illustration of the
great promise of longevity research. Yet a much greater effort and investment
will be needed to bring advances in fundamental science toward safe, effective
and universally accessible treatments for age-related ill health. Therefore,
the conference further emphasized the vital importance of public support of
research on biology of aging and aging-related diseases for public health, and
offered some policy recommendations for its promotion. The rationale and
recommendations can be found in the conference resolution http://ift.tt/1vqNR4L
and in the more detailed position paper, published on behalf of the ISOAD,
following the conference, entitled “The Critical Need to Promote Research of
Aging and Aging-related Diseases to Improve Health and Longevity of the Elderly
Population” http://ift.tt/1vqNPd4.
The policy recommendations include increasing funding, specific incentives and
institutional support for aging and longevity research.


We invite the public to contribute to the widest possible
recognition and support of biological research of aging and aging-related
diseases. We welcome the readers to circulate this position paper, share it in
your social networks, forward it to politicians, potential donors and media,
organize discussion groups to debate the topics raised (that may later grow
into grassroots longevity research and activism groups in different countries),
translate this position paper into your language, reference and link to it,
even republish it in part or in full, join the ISOAD or other aging and
longevity research and advocacy organizations.


Consider focusing the discussions and promotions on
special days of symbolic significance, such as February 21 –  the 140th anniversary
of the longest-lived human, Jeanne Calment (reaching the lifespan of 122
years),  March 1 – The Future Day, April 7 – the UN World Health Day, May
15 – the 170th anniversary of the founder of scientific aging
and longevity research, the author of the term “gerontology”, the Nobel Prize
winner – Ellie Metchnikoff, October 1 – the UN International Day of Older
Persons (celebrated by some parts of the longevity advocacy community as the
“International Longevity Day”), November 10 – the UN World Science Day for
Peace and Development, etc. Creating discussions, meetings and publications on
aging and longevity research on several consecutive days or regularly, may only
increase the impact.


Hopefully, thanks to our joint efforts “The Critical Need
to Promote Research of Aging and Aging-related Diseases to Improve Health and
Longevity of the Elderly Population” will be recognized and acted upon by all
the segments of the society, from the grassroots through the professional to
the decision-making level, with the effort corresponding to the urgency of the


Ilia Stambler, PhD. Outreach Coordinator. International
Society on Aging and Disease (ISOAD)








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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