August 2013

August 2013​​

Six Ways to Reimagine Aging with SRF                                                          Newsletter Vol.1

1. Check out SRF's Newly-Launched Celebrity Reimagine Aging Campaign


SRF is honored to announce the participation of more than a dozen celebrities and changemakers in our Reimagine Aging campaign. Come join actor Edward James Olmos, Men At Work’s Colin Hay, TED creator Richard Wurman, Segway inventor Dean Kamen, X-Prize Founder Peter Diamandis, 14-time Grammy winner Herbie Hancock, and many others in our efforts to change what “aging” means to everyone.



You'll see how people's views on aging are different — and get a chance to learn more about the research that we're conducting and funding right now. Stay tuned for special outreach events to be announced in Los Angeles and beyond.


2. Register for the SENS6 Reimagine Aging Conference, Cambridge, UK


The sixth biennial conference organized by SENS Research Foundation, SENS6: Reimagine Aging, will be held from September 3-7 at Queens’ College, Cambridge, UK. The keynote address will be delivered by Harvard’s Dr. George Church, a pioneer and luminary in genomics. The schedule is filled with such other top speakers as the Mayo Clinic’s Jan van Deursen, MIT’s Todd Rider, Carnegie Mellon’s Alan Russell, the McGowan Institute’s Eric Lagasse, the Gerontological Society of America’s James Appleby, and Cambridge’s own Robin Franklin.


There’s still time to register and witness each of these talks in person, while enjoying the culture and history of Cambridge and the company of your fellow attendees. Seating and accommodations are limited, however, so we encourage you to secure your space soon.


3. Meet Our New Research Staff and Education Program Participants


In the spring, we were excited to expand SRF’s Mountain View research team with three full-time hires: Dr. Amutha Boominathan, Jayanthi Vengalam, and new OncoSENS team lead Dr. Haroldo Silva.  This summer, we are particularly excited to announce the hiring of Dr. Ehud Goldin, who comes to us from the NIH to lead our LysoSENS team, and Dr. Gregory Chin, our new Director of Education.


SRF’s summer internship program is also growing. Three of this year's interns (pictured below, from left to right: Ali Crampton, Navneet Ramesh, and Anuj Kudva) are assisting with intramural research at the SRF-RC. Overall, this year we placed twelve interns at prestigious institutions including the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the University of Cambridge, the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and the Weizmann Institute of Science. Meanwhile, last year’s interns are being recognized for their exemplary work: Sam Curran was accepted for a year of full-time work on senescent cells with the Buck Institute’s Campisi lab, while Nick Schaum was not only published in The Journal of Cell Biology, but will soon enter Stanford’s Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine PhD program.



4. Download Our New Research Report


SRF is pleased to announce the publication of our most recent Research Report. Click here to download or view the PDF. Get a closer look at the programs described in brief in our Annual Report and see what exciting progress is being made to address the damage underlying all types of age-related pathology.

5. Learn How Thymus Rejuvenation Could Restore Aging Immune Systems


The thymus plays a critical role in the immune system: it is the training ground for T-cells, which provide specific immunity. However, the thymus undergoes a damaging process of involution during aging, leading to a dramatic loss of volume and critical thymus epithelial cells. Because of this decay, older adults are far more likely than children and young adults to die from infectious diseases such as the flu.


To counteract this age-related loss of thymic function, SENS Research Foundation is funding research to bioengineer new thymuses from stem cells in Dr. John Jackson’s lab at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. In a related project, SRF has funded work in Dr. Janko Nikolich-Zugich’s lab at the University of Arizona to clear dysfunctional CD8+ T-cells from the bloodstream. Taken together, these strategies could make real strides against the immune system’s decline with age. You can read more about these and other organizations’ thymus-related projects here, or click to learn more about our WFIRM and Arizona projects.

6. Support SRF's Work by Donating Today!


As a 501(c)(3) public charity, SENS Research Foundation relies on your support to continue our mission to change the way the world researches and treats age-related disease. Visit our donate page to make your contribution, or click the button below: