January 18th 2017

January 18, 2017


A Tremendous Thank You To All Our Donors

Everyone at SENS Research Foundation would like to thank our loyal donors who helped make our year-end fundraising campaign such a tremendous success. Because of your generosity, we raised a total of $228,371 in November and December. Thanks to our support from the Forever Healthy Foundation, those dollars will be doubled this year toward our research and education programs.

Our year-end campaign to increase SRF Patrons support by $2000/month was achieved in November, and thanks to the donations of Reason and Josh Triplett those gifts were matched. Our thanks as well to Christophe and Dominique Cornuejols who came in with an additional $1000/month match; we achieved $723 of that match. In total, our monthly donations increased by $5723 and will yield $68,676 in donations in 2017. Again, we thank everyone for their support of our mission to cure age-related disease -- and we welcome all of our new Patrons to the SENS Research Foundation Family.

Donation System Problem Resolved

We would like to apologize for anyone who was inconvenienced by our donation system being down. Service has been restored and we are able to once again accept donations online.


2017 Summer Scholars Applications Due by February 6

The SRF Summer Scholars Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as cancer, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's Disease. Applications for the 2017 SRF Summer Scholars Program are available online, and will be accepted until 12 pm PST Monday, February 6, 2017 (noon 2/6/17). 

Please be sure to download the recommendation instructions and give your recommender(s) ample time to submit your letter of recommendation by the deadline. 

New SRF-Oxford-CTSCC Collaboration Offers Research Opportunity for Students

In collaboration with the University of Oxford and the Centre for the Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovation (CASMI) Translational Stem Cell Consortium (CTSCC), SENS Research Foundation is proud to offer a new research opportunity. This program will offer students with limited access to research facilities and laboratory experience an opportunity to participate remotely in non-bench research projects. Students will work in teams to help researchers at the University of Oxford.


Research will focus on understanding the obstacles blocking or slowing the development and research of therapeutics. Such studies could entail the exploration of the shortcomings in drug and device regulation, assessments of the costs and benefits of patenting medical innovations, analysis of the effectiveness of new regulatory pathways for regenerative medicine products, or identifying drivers of effective therapeutic development.

This year’s project is led by James Smith, a former SRF Summer Scholar and current CASMI Translational Stem Cell Consortium Program Coordinator. To learn more about James and the 2017 Research Project, go to the program page on our website

Where in the World is Aubrey de Grey?

Aubrey de Grey will be speaking at the following events:

Where: Ramada Plaza Hotel, Basel, Switzerland
When: January 24 - 26, 2017

Aubrey de Grey to present during the Day 1 (1/24) session on "Strategic Developments in R&D Big Data". From the Next Level Pharma site: "Day 1 will feature several keynote presentations from C-Level thought leaders on big data in the R&D space and heads of major research institutions who are at the front-end of the big data challenge. They will be discussing the strategic drivers for big data and key implementation hurdles and considerations to facilitate innovation.

Where: São Paulo, Brazil
When: February 1, 2017

The Campus Party Institute is a non-profit civil association whose mission is to "help create spaces for the energy of the new digital generations find a place to rewrite the source code in the world." Campus Party Brazil is the main internet and technology event in the country, and within the event, Campus Party's mission is to contribute to the development of content and the construction of favorable environments to promote the most advanced technologies, as well as their applications in Fields of education, industry, leisure and culture.  

Where: Toronto, Canada
When: February 6, 2017

The World Affairs Conference (WAC) is Canada's oldest annual student-run current affairs conference. Annually held at Upper Canada College in Toronto, Canada, the World Affairs Conference connects over 1000 students, with a common interest in current affairs, from across North America. Aubrey de Grey will be a Keynote Speaker on "A Prognosis for a Post-Aging Planet" at this year's event.


Where: Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA, USA
When: February 11, 2017

In this talk, the launch event for a partnership between the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics (Santa Clara University) and The Tech Museum of Innovation, de Grey will explore the question of life extension and its ethical implications. Dr. de Grey's presentation begins at 12:00 PM.

What: START Summit
Where: Saint Gallen, Switzerland
When: March 24/25, 2017

Start Summit is Europe's leading student-organized conference for entrepreneurship and technology. Anyone with an entrepreneurial mind, spirit or just interest is welcome to attend the conference. Focus topics are defined by today’s mega-trends. Start Summit is an opportuity to, per their website, "get in contact with experts and innovators from every field. Disrupt industries, digitalize everyday life, define new boundaries and create a new reality."



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