Photos and Impressions from the Genetics of Aging and Longevity Conference in Moscow


It has been a while since I’ve posted my blog updates. The reason was the Genetics of Aging and Longevity conference. I have been involved in preparations of this meeting since December and the last month before the event was especially tough. Anyway, the conference turned out to be pretty good. I was surprised to hear so many good responses and impressions from the attendees and the speakers, so I am proud to say that the meeting was a success. The talks were superb, a lot of new and even unpublished data, a lot of discussions during the breaks and meals. I saw quite many people walking around with burning eyes – from excitement of science, of course) Some of those eyes are in the photos below. I believe this was a ground braking event on life extension topic in Russia, a truly unique gathering of minds. The more meetings like this we have, the more attention they get in the media, the better chances we have to live longer.

Robert Shmookler Reis, who was able to extend lifespan of a nematode worm 10-fold, head of the conference Program committee, Mikhail Batin, head of the Science for Life Extension Foundation and Sergei Polotovsky, who helped with translation

Alexander Zhavoronkov, creator of the Aging Portfolio grants database, Alexei Peregudov, executive director of the Institute of Biology of Aging and Igor Artyukhov, his colleague

Peter Fedichev, CEO of Quantum Pharmaceuticals company and Zippi Brand Frank, movie director, author of the Emmy-winning “Google Baby” documentary

Sergei Filonov, President of the “Aviamarket” company

Vadim Fraifeld, professor of the Ben Gurion University, creator of the NetAge database of aging genes, Mikhail Batin and Elena Kokurina, our colleague

Anna Chapman, President of the Fund UMA, non-profit supporting young scientists

Alexei Turchin, futurologist, leading expert in global risks, Mikhail Batin’s co-author of the “Futurology” book, which is coming out this fall

 Mikhail Blagosklonny, professor of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, author of the hypothesis, where aging occurs due to the quasi-program of organism development ruled by TOR pathway

Elena Kokurina, Alexei Marakulin, Mikhail Batin and Sergei Polotovsky

Vasily Novoseltsev, professor of the Trapeznikov Institute of Control Sciences

Professors of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Jan Vijg, leading expert in epigenetics of aging and Yousin Suh, a specialist in functional genomics and chair of the future Gordon research confence on Biology of aging 2013

Nir Barzilai, Director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Claudio Franceschi, professor of University of Bologna, studies aging of the immune system, biomarkers and genetics of centenarians

Students from Saint Petersburg with Suresh Rattan, professor of Aarhus University, Denmark

Vadim Fraifeld, Mikhail Balgosklonny and Suresh Rattan

Nir Barzilai and Judy Campisi, professor of the Buck Institute for Aging Research, specialist in cellular senescence, cancer and aging

Andrzej Bartke, geneticist who was able to double mouse lifespan

Vadim Gladyshev, professor of Harvard Medical School, sequenced the naked mole rat genome, Joao Pedro de Magalhaes, author of the Digital Ageing Atlas and David Clancy, professor at the Lancaster University

Blanka Rogina, who doubled drosophila lifespan, Holly Brown-Borg, professor of the University of North Dakota and Elena Zaklitskaya, one of the co-organizers of the conference

Lucas Trindade, young Brazilian researcher who works on aging in Japan

Vladimir Gladyshev, Vladimir Anisimov, head of the Russian Gerontological Society and Anatoly Yashin, professor at Duke University

 Richard Morimoto, professor at Northwestern University, specialist in protein misfolding Brian Kraemer, professor at the University of Washington, studies neurodegeneration and Brian Kennedy, director of the Buck Institute for Aging Research

Genetisists from Syktyvkar, Russia: MIkhail Shaposhnikov and Alexei Moskalev, co-chair of the Organizing committee and founder of the Genetics of Aging and Longevity conference series

Israeli genetisists Judith Leibovici and Monica Hurzar and researchers from Iran, Saied Mohammadzadeh and his colleague

Brian Kennedy and Rocherster University professors: Vera Gorbunova and Andrei Seluanov

Natalia Malygina, head of the Population Genomics lab at the Russian Research Center of Gerontology and Alexei Peregudov

Alexei Peregudov, Alexei Moskalev and Mikhail Shaposhnikov and colleagues

Quite a lot of researchers said that we are on the verge of a breakthrough in the area of life extension. Maybe we have already discovered something fantastic, but haven’t yet realized it’d effective for people. Even if we have a drug that slows aging down, we still need a panel of biomarkers to prove the effect. I do hope we will have both the breakthrough and the markers soon.

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8 responses to “Photos and Impressions from the Genetics of Aging and Longevity Conference in Moscow

  1. http://extremelongevity.net/2012/04/16/chronic-buckyball-administration-doubles-rat-lifespan/

    I am curious if you know a source to purchase this buckyball longevity treatment. Since buckyballs appear to be inert, it would seem like it could be treated regulatory as a suppliment.

    Also, did you learn of any other promising longevity treatments that are available commercially? Thank you for your hard work in the area of live extension – it not only directly benefits me, but also society.

    • Thanks, Brad! This really is an amazing result. I mean the fullerenes administration leading to significant life extension in rats. We discussed this paper a bit at the conference and it seems that researchers are a skeptical, because the amount of rats in each group was too small for the result to be statistically representative. However, even with small experimental groups – I think it’s outstanding. It has to be verified by other groups.

      I wouldn’t start taking buckyballs with my food if I were you. That’s because there is no system to test if they are beneficial or harmful for you. We have to create this system first. I am talking about biomarker panels to test the rate of aging and efficacy of interventions. Without it we can’t say if it’s a good idea to take fullerenes, or rapaycin, or melatonin, or metformin, etc. or not.

  2. Mark Fisher

    I’m surprised Richard Morimoto was invited. He’s trying to get on the lifespan regulation bandwagon as it’s gained popularity, even though he’s not truly involved in that field of research in any way.

    • Richard Morimoto is directly involved in aging research. He is studying protein misfiling and heat shock response. What do you mean by saying “He’s trying to get on the lifespan regulation bandwagon as it’s gained popularity”?

  3. infidel753

    Can you give any more details on that possible breakthrough that you said several researchers mentioned could be imminent?

    This must have been a fascinating conference to attend. Interesting that so much of the activity in the field seems to be focused on Russia these days.

    • That was the general impression. Only Mikhail Blagosklonny said that the breakthrough has already been made and that it is rapamycin.

      There are quite many transhumanists in Russia and we are not afraid to say publicly that we want to live forever. Maybe that’s one of the reasons? Plus we have bright leaders like Mikhail Batin. But what we are doing is not enough, we could have done so much more if we had more resources.

  4. It’s interesting how we blame genetics for our problems but I think that is a easy way out. We need to take responsibly for the choices we make when it comes to our health.

    • I wish it were that easy. Unfortunately, no matter how healthy our life style is, we will still have all those age-related changes that lead to diseases. Healthy lifestyle is merely reducing the risk, but no more. Genetics does play a huge role, so it’s only meaningful to look for answers in the way our genes work and alter those faulty ways.

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