A transcript for this episode is available online in blog form at Transcript: Aubrey de Grey Interview on Solving the Aging Problem.
Imagine a world where we live to 130, 150 or 500 years old. Anti-aging pioneer, Dr. Aubrey de Grey, joins us to share his confidence in how technology will dramatically extend human lifespan. He joins our host, Heather Sandison, ND, to look at aging as a problem to be solved. In this episode, Dr. Aubrey de Grey offers hope to people looking for cutting-edge therapies to live longer. We discuss:
- The predicted timeline for ending aging
- Optimizing function vs repairing damage in the body
- Why damage repair is key to longevity
- High-tech therapies for a longer lifespan: Senolytics, stem cells and more
- How our world will be affected by people living longer
- Economic benefits of a healthy elderly population
- Having respect for the natural world when developing technologies
“Longevity is a side effect of staying healthy.” Aubrey de Grey, PhD
Aging is a complex problem. There is no one thing that will cause us to age backwards. We don’t have the technology to stop aging yet, but with the way the research is going, we might very well be there soon.
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Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Mountain View, California, USA, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, a California-based 501(c)(3) biomedical research charity that performs and funds laboratory research dedicated to combating the aging process. He is also VP of New Technology Discovery at AgeX Therapeutics, a biotechnology startup developing new therapies in the field of biomedical gerontology. In addition, he is Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, the world’s highest-impact peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging. He received his BA in computer science and Ph.D. in biology from the University of Cambridge. His research interests encompass the characterization of all the types of self-inflicted cellular and molecular damage that constitute mammalian aging and the design of interventions to repair and/or obviate that damage. Dr. de Grey is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits (uncompensated) on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organizations. He is a highly sought-after speaker who gives 40-50 invited talks per year at scientific conferences, universities, companies in areas ranging from pharma to life insurance, and to the public.
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