Aubery De Grey PhD
Chief Science Officer and Co-founder of SENS Research Foundation
Dr. de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Cambridge, UK and Mountain View, California, USA, who first researched the idea for, and founded, the SRF. He received his BA and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1985 and 2000 respectively, with his original field being in computer science. Dr. de Grey is Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organizations.
2013 - Repairing the aging brain: challenging, but not so futile as some say
The SENS approach to combating aging consists of repairing the various types of lifelong, accumulating molecular and cellular damage that eventually overwhelm metabolism and give rise to age-related diseases and disabilities, and thereby conferring true rejuvenation (reversal of biological age) throughout the body. Many components of SENS are still at an early stage of development and not even working in lab mice, though progress on all fronts is encouraging. Some, however, are much further along, to the point of being the subject of clinical trials. Unfortunately, the results of these trials have in some cases - especially those focused on neurodegenerative conditions - been interpreted unduly pessimistically by researchers and commentators alike. In this talk I will explain why such pessimism is unwarranted, with particular emphasis on recent trials of stem cell therapy for Parkinson's disease and immunotherapy for Alzheimer's disease.