The purpose of the SENS conference series, like all the SENS initiatives, is to expedite the development of truly effective therapies to postpone and treat human aging by tackling it as an engineering problem: not seeking elusive and probably illusory magic bullets, but instead enumerating the accumulating molecular and cellular changes that eventually kill us and identifying ways to repair – to reverse – those changes, rather than merely to slow down their further accumulation. This broadly defined regenerative medicine – which includes the repair of living cells and extracellular material in situ – applied to damage of aging, is what we refer to as rejuvenation biotechnologies.
The meeting will comprise invited talks, short oral presentations of submitted abstracts, and poster sessions.
Partial list of talks
George Church, Harvard Professor of Genetics and Director of the NIH Center for Excellence in Genomic Science
Calorie restriction in primates
Donald Ingram, Rozalyn Anderson, Luigi Fontana
Small-molecule interventions effective at late age
Dongsheng Cai, Danica Chen, Frank Madeo
Cell senescence and chromatin aging
Jan van Deursen, John Sedivy, Kevin Perrott, Janko Nikolich-Zugich
Telomeres and Cancer
Zhenyu Ju, Haroldo Silva, Rigdon Lentz
Matthew Scholz, Yanru Chen-Tsai, Fyodor Urnov
Alan Russell, Richard Barker, Sam Parnia
Christy Carter, David Spiegel, Brian O’Nuallain
Beyond organ transplantation
John Jackson, Eric Lagasse, Steve Van Sickle
Robin Franklin, Graca Almeida-Porada, Malcolm Maden
Richard Youle, Rafal Smigrodzki, Matthew O’Connor
Combating persistent viruses
Charles Cao, Paul Lehner, Todd Rider
Michael Goligorsky, Jacques Mathieu, Ghezal Beliakoff
“Aging” versus “aging-related disease”
Felipe Sierra, Mike Kope, Tanja Dominko
Is SENS necessary and sufficient?
Silvia Gravina, Robert Shmookler-Reis
Are we rational about the quest to defeat aging?
Alex Zhavoronkov, Mair Underwood, Randall Kuhn, Thomas Pyszczynski