December 14th 2017

December 14, 2017

Year End Campaign Update - Help Us Reach Our Goal!

Thank you so much to everyone who has participated in our year end campaign so far. We are over halfway to our $250,000 goal with a total of $140,730 -- we need your help to get the rest of the way there by December 31. Everyone at SENS Research Foundation is so very grateful for the support of our community. Your help in our year-end campaign is vital to helping us continue to fund our research and education programs, through which we are pushing the frontiers of rejuvenation biotech and helping create the next generation of great scientists. 

As a reminder – every donor who gives more than $250 through December 31st will receive a SENS Research Foundation T-shirt, and those giving over $500 will receive an SRF polo shirt (just like our staff wear). Plus, every donation is entered in our month end drawings for long sleeve t-shirts and polo shirts.  

On that note, congratulations to our November winners Justin Vincent, Andrew Hamler, Felix Weimer and Stephen Beck! We appreciate your donations and we hope you enjoy your prizes. 

Of course, the ultimate prize will be the cures for age-related disease your contributions make it possible for us to keep working toward. But in the meantime, because it's the holiday season, we are happy to announce we're doubling our number of drawings for December. We’ll be selecting 8 winners at random in January from among all our donors. Remember, every donation gives you another chance to win! And remember we also accept Bitcoin and Ethereum donations as well, so you can give in whichever way works best for you. 

Finally, if you would like to support SRF's work on an ongoing basis, please consider becoming a subscription donor. Veteran supporters Reason, Josh Triplett, and Christophe Cornuejols will together match the first $3,000 of new monthly subscriptions, doubling the value of your gift through 2018! We are up to $2,098 so far in subscription pledges - boosting this to $3k (or more) would go a long way in ensuring the steady progress of our work to end age-related disease for good.

Again, thank you so much ! Please donate today!

2018 Summer Scholars Applications Are Being Accepted Now

Applications for the 2018 SRF Summer Scholars Program are now being accepted. Check the Summer Scholars Program homepage to learn about the new research opportunities being offered in 2018. The application period will close at noon on February 5, 2018, so let any aspiring rejuvenation biotechnology students know about the Summer Scholars Program today!

Our Summer Scholars Program is made possible by our donors' generous support. Please consider donating today to help support our 2018 student researchers.​

Thank You For Helping SRF Meet Our #GivingTuesday Goal

SENS Research Foundation is grateful to all of you who donated on #GivingTuesday. We are happy to announce that we actually exceeded our $20,000 goal with a total of $21,947 in #GivingTuesday contributions that day! 92 donations came in from supporters around the world, including the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Finland and Israel. Thank you so very, very much - it is heartening to know that we can count on global support as we work toward a world free of the devastating diseases of aging. We truly appreciate each and every one of you. 

As promised, #GivingTuesday prize drawings have been done - congratulations to lucky winners Estelle Perry, Nicolas Chernavsky, Alexander Turner and Emil Edman Hellberg! Each of you will receive a Gift Package containing your exclusive SRF polo shirt, long sleeved shirt, notebook, pen, and autographed copy of "Ending Aging". Thank you all for for participating through your generosity.

Want To Do SRF An Awesome Favor? Vote in Project For Awesome!

We’re excited to announce that December 15th will be the launch of the Project for Awesome (P4A), a yearly event that puts people’s favorite charities in the spotlight and gives them a chance to win much-needed funds. In previous years, winning charities have won around $25,000 each; this amount would help to keep SRF researchers supplied and working on the solutions to age-related diseases.

How you can help:  December 15th-17th, P4A is giving you the chance to support SRF by voting on the short videos sent in by the community. Members of our community have created videos in support of our work, and we're pretty sure you'll like them -- please help us by voting for them!

Voting Tips:

  • From 12:00 am EST on December 15th to 11:59 pm EST on December 17th, visit the P4A website and vote for the community videos supporting SENS Research Foundation.
  • Ask your friends to vote for all the videos in support of us too, because the votes count on every video, not just one.
  • Share links to the SRF videos on your social media, as it helps others find the videos faster. Be sure to use #p4a2017 to tag your Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr posts.
  • Remember, multiple charities can win prizes during the event, so please support other longevity research charities (such as as well.
  • Finally, thank you in advance for your support and votes! Let’s hope we can win one of the generous prizes to help make the world a better, healthier place for everyone!

Undoing Aging 2018 Conference - Time To Book Tickets, Secure Lodging, and Get Ready for Berlin!

We're pretty excited here at SRF about the upcoming Undoing Aging 2018 conference in Berlin, and you only need to check out the growing list of expert speakers to see why! Hailing from the world's premier university research labs, cutting-edge biotech companies, and medical institutions, Undoing Aging is an incredible opportunity to get informed on the latest innovations in regenerative medicine. 

Interested? Make sure and register via the registration page here by January 15, 2018 to secure your spot and take advantage of Early Bird pricing, which saves you 200 euro ($233 USD) over regular admission. And if you need a place to stay during Undoing Aging 2018, we recommend the following hotels, which are conveniently located near the venue. Space is limited, so book as soon as possible!

B&B Hotel Alexanderplatz Voltairstr. 3a, 10179 Berlin
(Next door to the conference venue, brand new hotel, opens January 2018)

Motel 1 Alexanderplatz, Grunerstr. 11, 10179 Berlin  
​(5-7 min walk to the conference venue, brand new as well, open as of December 4, 2017)

Also, as a reminder, poster submissions are due on January 15, 2018. To submit your poster, please visit the Abstracts page on the Undoing Aging website.

Question Of The Month #16: Any Rejuvenation Relevance for Roundworm Reproduction?

Q: Press coverage of a recent study on the ability of the eggs (oocytes) of the roundworm C. elegans suggested that the researchers had discovered a new way that these cells clear out damaged proteins, and thereby “turn back time” and become “young again.” Is there some way that we could take advantage of this mechanism to remove the junk that accumulates inside cells as part of the degenerative aging process in humans?

A: The headlines were certainly provocative, no doubt emboldened by the paper’s opening line (“Although individuals age and die with time, an animal species can continue indefinitely, because of its immortal germ-cell lineage”[i]) and the fact that the senior author has made landmark contributions to understanding the genes that regulate the rate of aging. Some readers got the impression that this study had uncovered a special molecular mechanism that allows these roundworms’ oocytes uniquely to stay “young,” even as the body as a whole grew old. This impression may have been reinforced by a quote from one researcher, contrasting the aging of the human body with the (seeming) “immortality” of the germline (the “line” of sperm and egg genes that actually passes from generation to generation): “You take humans — they age two, three or four decades, and then they have a baby that’s brand new.”

Taken together, some readers came away with the suggestion that the fact that babies are born young implies the ability of oocytes to “sweep themselves clean” of their adult parents’ lifetime burden of deformed proteins, and excitedly hoped that the tricks that oocytes use to execute this feat could somehow be engineered into aging cells elsewhere in the body to keep our muscle and brain cells young.

Unfortunately, no such tricks emerged from this study, nor are they likely to.

The "Question of the Month" column is your opportunity to submit your research-related queries to SRF's expert science writer Michael Rae. Please send your questions to and they may be featured in a future newsletter.

SRF Now Accepting Litecoin Donations

At SENS Research Foundation, we want our supporters to have as many donation options as possible, so that each of you can choose the method that suits your needs and resources. We are pleased to announce that we can now accept Litecoin donations, in addition to Bitcoin and Ethereum. To make your contribution in Litecoin, please email for wallet information. 

Where in the World is Aubrey de Grey?

Dr. Aubrey de Grey will be speaking at the following events:

Where: Miami, Florida, USA
When: January 23 - 26, 2018

The World Stem Cell Summit is, per the event website, "the original translation-focused global meeting of stakeholders". The WSCS brings together leading scientists and clinicians, investors, customers, legal experts, funders, regulators, and patients. 

Where: San Mateo, CA, USA
When: January 23 - 24, 2018

Space Tech Summit, hosted by Draper University, brings together hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, and creatives under one roof together to address humanity’s grandest challenges via space commercialization. The central theme of the space tech summit is to inspire, encourage, and celebrate the vast potential of business in Space!

Where: San Francisco, California, USA
When: March 13-14, 2018
BioData World West is, per the event website, "the most innovative forum for healthcare executives focusing on Big Data, Precision Medicine, and AI." BioDataWorld West is "...for thought-leaders in the life science industry to not only attend and learn, but also to collaborate and to continue pushing the limits of what is possible in AI, Big Data, Genomics, and Precision Medicine."



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