December 2013

December 2013


SRF Receives Three $15,000 Matching Grants for Year -End Giving Campaign


On November 15th, SENS Research Foundation announced its year-end giving campaign. To continue to increase our impact on advancing the field of regenerative medicine, we asked for help from our community. More funding will mean more researchers and more labs making the development of cures for the diseases of aging a reality.


We are pleased to announce that we have already received several donations -- and not one but three $15,000 Matching Grants. This means that every dollar we receive during this Campaign up to $15,000 will be matched with three additional dollars. 


Our very generous Matching Grant donors are Fight Aging!, the Methuselah Foundation and one of our major supporters, entrepreneur Jason Hope. We offer them all our deepest gratitude for their support.





The mission of Fight Aging! is to encourage the development of medical technologies, lifestyles, and other means that will help people live comfortably, healthily, and capably for as long as they desireYou can learn more about Fight Aging! at


The Methuselah Foundation was established by Dave Gobel in 2003 to shed light on the processes of aging and finds ways to extend healthy life. Since then, they've given over $4 million in funding for regenerative medicine R&D. Learn more at


Jason Hope is a leading  entrepreneur, futurist, philanthropist, and investor located in Scottsdale, Arizona with a passion for technology and giving back to his community. Learn more at

Now we need your help. Our three Matching Grant donors will turn every $1 donated into $4, effectively quadrupling your contribution. 


Your support will enable us to:

  • Make the collaborative effects of the SENS Conference annual rather than biennial

Please consider helping us make our matches and meet our $100,000 end-of-year goal by making your tax-deductible donation to us today at


SENS Research Foundation Invited to the First G8 Dementia Summit


SENS Research Foundation CEO Mike Kope has been invited to attend the G8 Dementia Summit in London on December 11, 2013. As the President of the 2013 G8 Summit, the United Kingdom plans to lead a global effort to tackle one of the fastest growing health issues in the world: dementia.
Dementia currently affects over 35 million people worldwide, a number expected to almost double every 20 years, reaching almost 65 million by 2030. The economic impact of dementia is staggering with a total of 1% of the worldwide Gross Domestic Product (an estimated $604 billion in 2010) being spent on the care of people afflicted with dementia.
Jeremy Hunt, the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Health, declared that “with advances in medical science, the commitment of governments and a willingness to change attitudes, we can be the generation that beats dementia.” To accomplish this goal, the UK has planned the G8 Dementia Summit, an invitation-only meeting of G8 Health Ministers, innovators, technology pioneers, breakthrough researchers and investors to discuss how coordinated efforts can lead to a solution to the challenges of dementia.
In a letter to Mr. Hunt, the Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimer’s Research UK, and Alzheimer’s International declared that “[The G8 Summit] is a monumental step in dementia research to find a means of prevention and effective treatment.” Of course, the idea of disease prevention is a core tenet of the SENS philosophy, and Mr. Kope plans to share with Summit attendees the progress SRF has made toward addressing the types of damage that lead to the diseases of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s. SRF is proud to proud to play a role in shaping the new international effort to not just cure but prevent dementia-associated diseases.

Thanks to Glynn Burke


This month, we would like to offer a special thanks to Glynn Burke, founder of the company Rescue Assist and a major donor to SENS Research Foundation.


Rescue Assist, Inc. is a robotics technology development company working on an innovative approach to the traversal of debris-laden environments that are often encountered in the aftermath of storms, tornadoes and earthquakes. Rescue Assist, Inc. became profitable in 2012, and now 7% of its profits is generously being donated to SENS Research Foundation.  We’ll let Glynn tell you in his own words why he decided to make such a major commitment to SRF:


Rescue Assist CEO Glynn Burke visits the SRF-RC.

My decision to support SENS Research Foundation’s research and development in this manner comes from my own experiences in fund raising for R&D. It can be extremely difficult. Yet, R&D needs to be done, especially in areas that benefit all of humanity. And if you spend forever fundraising then attention is diverted from the important research work that was the original focus. It just made sense to me that profitable companies support non-profit endeavors. And quite simply, I decided to act on that belief. We cannot direct how tax money is spent. However, when you designate a portion of profit in this manner you decide where your support money actually goes.  As a pleasant surprise there is something very gratifying within that exercise.


Glynn Burke, CEO, Rescue Assist, Inc.


If you wish to learn more about Rescue Assist, Glynn Burke can be reached at or (709) 687-0171.


Billy Connolly Vists SRF-RC For BBC Documentary


Actor Billy Connolly, currently starring in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, visited SENS Research Foundation in November while filming an upcoming BBC documentary on the various ways different cultures approach the subject of death. We were delighted to host Mr. Connolly, who was kind enough to pose with some of the SRF team for a photograph in between filming sessions with Dr. de Grey and other personnel. 



Internship Application Reminder


The 2014 SRF Summer Scholar Program applications are coming soon. Visit for updates. Interested students may apply starting in early January 2014.

Research Blog: Lysosomal Aggregates


The November 8, 2013 Research Blog post highlights our extramural Lysosomal Aggregates Project. SRF's Rice University team is working to develop novel enzymes targeting compounds implicated in cardiovascular disease. 


Click here to read the full post on our website.


Research Blog: Epimutations


The December 5, 2013 Research Blog post highlights our extramural Epimutations Project. The SRF-funded team at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine is investigating ways to identify epimutations that may contribute to diseases of aging.


Click here to read the full post on our website.


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