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#1 brokenportal

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 01:49 AM


A list of main organizations working with the movement for indefinite life extension

and a brief description of the things they do.


Longecity
Longecity is designed as a hub, to help facilitate all angles on the movement. Its main parts are its popular forum, and its projects and teams which work to help facilitate the conquering of the blight of involuntary death through the host of viable path ways. Goal orientated plan proposals are in development.

SENS Foundation
SENS Foundation is designed to combat the 7 known forms of aging damage using a comprehensive research strategy called Strategies for Engineering Negligible Senescence, or in other words, strategies for ending aging.

Methuselah Foundation
The Methuselah Foundation runs the Mprize and the 300, two novel funding approaches that incentivize researchers and investors. The multi million dollar (and growing) Mprize is given out to researchers who can significantly extend the lifespan of a mouse, and the other is a group of 300 people who commit to contributing $1,000 for 25 years (slots still open).

Fight Aging
Fight Aging is your most relevant comprehensive and up to date news source specific to the movement for indefinite life extension.

Campaign Against Aging
Campaign Against Aging is like SENS, but advocates for the stopping or reversal of aging more widely, and is less expansive than Imminst which supports all feasible method(s) that can end the blight of involuntary death.

Coalition to Extend Life
The Coalition to Extend Life is your connection between the cause and the government, working with lobbying, informing government, opening more dialogue between government and the movement, prepping candidates, and more.

Maximum Life Foundation
The Maximum Life Foundation is the movements source for attracting venture capital investment and general investment in the cause.

Lifeboat Foundation
Lifeboat is your safety valve, working with prevention programs, monitoring the ethics, prognostication, investigating potential problems, and more.

Singularity Network
Singularity Network is your source for work with artificial general intelligence designed to help accelerate the arrival of indefinite life extension.

Foresight Institute
Foresight is the worlds preeminent organization for the pioneering of the field of nanotechnology, which is a box of tools that can help us delve deeper into the malignant mechanisms within our biology's.

Cryonics Network, List and Overview of all Cryonics Organizations
The cryonics network works in the field of cryopreservation, which is the science of freezing people upon legal death, in a way so that they might be brought back to life in the future when science and technology are many orders of magnitude more advanced.

Edited by brokenportal, 25 February 2012 - 11:42 PM.

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 02:11 AM

Extension of the topic:

A movement is an un-institutionalized collection of affiliates, organizations, projects and people working for the same end. They don’t necessarily work together. They don’t all have to necessarily acknowledge that they are part of a movement. Some do and some don’t.

It is the notion of the movement itself that brings their cohesive quality to life and not necessarily anything that they themselves do towards the ends of a “movement”. The current main organizations that affiliate with The Movement for Indefinite Life Extension include, but are not limited to the following:

Longecity (the new longevity)
Longecity is designed as a hub, to help facilitate all angles on the movement. Its main parts are its popular forum, and its projects and teams which work to help facilitate the conquering of the blight of involuntary death through the host of viable path ways.

A note from the Longecity website:

“Longecity is an international, not-for-profit, membership-based organization ("501-3-c status" in the United States).

Its mission is "to conquer the blight of involuntary death".

To advance this mission, Longecity.org aims to provide, among other things:
  • a repository of high-quality information,
  • an open public forum for the free exchange of information and views,
  • an infrastructure to support community projects and initiatives, and
  • the facilities for supporting an international community of those with an interest in life extension.
Longecity.org hosts an online forum, publishes books, creates films, sponsors conferences and supports a varied portfolio of community projects in life-extension research and activism.

Longecity.org is governed by a board of 7 directors who are elected for a 2-year term by the membership. Many Longecity.org activities are managed by an Executive Director who is appointed by the board. Membership status is acquired by donation as a student, regular or lifetime member.

Longecity.org is supported by donations and by sponsored advertising. To make a one-time donation or to become a member of Longecity.org, please see the “Donate” page.
Longecity.org was founded in 2002 by Bruce J. Klein.”


SENS Foundation
SENS Foundation is designed to combat the 7 known forms of aging damage using a comprehensive research strategy called, Strategies for Engineering Negligible Senescence (SENS), or in other words, strategies for ending aging.

A note from the SENS website:

‘SENS Foundation works to develop, promote and ensure widespread access to rejuvenation biotechnologies which comprehensively address the disabilities and diseases of aging.

The Foundation catalyses progress toward a comprehensive panel of rejuvenation biotechnologies through its growing global networks and collaborations, and through key research projects, executed in its own Research Center and numerous affiliated universities, research organizations and other centers of excellence.’


Methuselah Foundation
The Methuselah Foundation runs a variety of projects, some of which include the Mprize, OrganPrize and the 300. These are three novel funding approaches that incentivize researchers and investors. The multimillion dollar (and growing) Mprize is given out to researchers who can significantly extend the lifespan of a mouse. The OrganPrize is in the image of the MPrize and awards prized to advances in artificial organ generation. The 300 is a group of 300 people who commit to contributing $1,000 per year for 25 years (check to see if slots are still open).

A note from the Methuselah Foundation website:

Our Mission: Significantly extend the healthy lifespan of humanity.

Instead of accepting the physical and mental losses associated with aging we look for answers and solutions. Not for one disease but for the general loss of functionality and productivity that we all experience. We are a catalyst for progress - seeking, supporting and rewarding science that extends healthy lifespan.

Methuselah Foundation is a non-profit medical charity dedicated to extending healthy human life through proven programs such as the Mprize, My Bridge 4 Life, and a diverse support of key technology and research generated by companies like SENS, Organovo, and Silverstone Solutions.

Together these accelerate progress towards a comprehensive solution for age-related disease, disability, and suffering, and the Foundation expects to return powerful and measurable results to supporters within timeframes that are meaningful to them both as individuals and to society at large.


Fight Aging
Fight Aging is your most relevant comprehensive and up to date news source specific to things involved with the movement for indefinite life extension.

A note from the Fight Aging website:

Aging is an enemy. It saps our strength, cripples and eventually kills us. Yet there is a lack of information, advocacy and awareness of healthy life extension research, of initiatives aimed at the defeat of aging, and of the plausible future of rejuvenation biotechnology.

Fight Aging! exists to help ensure that the means and potentials of extended human longevity become commonly accepted throughout the world. To this end, Fight Aging! publishes material to publicize, promote, educate and raise awareness, activities that form a vital step on the road towards far healthier, far longer lives for all.

Immediate Aims

Fight Aging! pursues the following goals at the present time:
  • Introduce more people to healthy life extension practices, longevity science, and the associated community of researchers, advocates, and supporters
  • Make it easier for people to find useful, scientific information on extending the human life span
  • Drive more funding into longevity research and the development of rejuvenation biotechnology
Until longevity advocacy movements become louder, more active, and more mainstream, progress in developing the means to postpone and reverse the biological damage of aging will continue to be frustratingly slow.

If you have questions about Fight Aging!, suggestions, or comments, please do contact Reason.


Campaign Against Aging
Campaign Against Aging is like SENS, but advocates for the stopping or reversal of aging more widely, and is less expansive than Longecity, which supports all feasible method(s) that can end the blight of involuntary death.

A note from the Campaign Against Aging website:
Our Mission

Campaign Against Aging's mission is to educate the public about the human aging process, increase public awareness of the efforts to combat aging, and raise funds to support medical research to defeat aging.
History

Campaign Against Aging was co-founded by Doug Treadwell and Florin Clapa in 2009.


Coalition to Extend Life
The Coalition to Extend Life is your connection between the cause and the government, working with lobbying, informing government, opening more dialogue between government and the movement, prepping candidates, and more.

A note from the Coalition to Extend Life website:

Our Objectives
C.E.L. intends to actively promote indefinite life extension as a public policy goal of the United States. We intend to win a war on aging by learning how to achieve indefinite life extension.

In the beginning few will take us seriously. After all, don't all living things inevitably die? Isn't old age something that affects everyone? At the present time the answer to both of those questions is yes. But throughout history, medical science has overcome diseases and conditions that people of that period felt were incurable. Often it was described, as the will of god, and mankind was helpless. For example, the plague devastated Europe in the Middle Ages, killing millions of innocent men, women, and children. Many said it was impossible to prevent and for a long time it was. But as science and medicine began to understand what caused this killer disease, cures were developed and the scourge of death ceased.

We must view aging similarly; it is a terminal disease that can be cured! It is an insidious malady that causes our skin to wrinkle, our hair to whiten, our eyesight to dim, our bodies to weaken, our organs to fail, and ultimately leads to the end of our existence. But as Bob Dylan sang, "The times, they are a changing." Science and medicine are beginning to understand at a molecular level why we age and how we can prevent it. Astonishing breakthroughs and fascinating experiments are unraveling the mysteries of life and death. In the foreseeable future we may be able to end aging and achieve indefinite life extension, an elusive dream pursued by many since the dawn of consciousness.

The Coalition to Extend Life has been created to make immortality a reality!

Initially we will focus on the following priorities:
  • To build a national movement in support of immortality
  • To educate the American public about immortality
  • To support elected officials who will fight for legislation promoting immortality and oppose those who will not
  • To create the equivalent of a Manhattan project to cure the terminal disease of aging
Maximum Life Foundation
The Maximum Life Foundation is the movement’s source for attracting angel, venture capital, hybrid, and general investment in the cause.

A note from the Max Life Foundation website:

David Kekich - President/CEO of Maximum Life Foundation

David Kekich is President/CEO of Maximum Life Foundation that focuses on aging research. In 1999, he realized the inevitability that science will someday control the human aging process. He understood human beings will someday be able to enjoy very long health spans by studying aging research, the root cause of most deadly diseases. The problem? He was in a race against the clock. He was faced with the possibility of being part of the “last generation to suffer from heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and other aging related diseases”. His solution was to further that aging research and hopefully move it forward by establishing the Maximum Life Foundation.

Mr. Kekich holds a B.S. from Penn State in Business Management. He founded the country’s largest life insurance master general agency, co-founded the world’s biggest private stock loan company, sold and developed real estate and arranged venture capital funding for 16 private companies. He is a recognized expert on private investing and authored the venture capital handbook “How The Rich Get Richer With Quiet Private Investments”.

Mr. Kekich founded three public and five private companies, was engaged as a consultant to 41 private and six public companies and served as director to four public and seven private corporations. In 1999, he started the “Maximum Life Foundation”, a 501©(3) corporation dedicated to curing aging related diseases.

He networked throughout the anti-aging segment of the biotech industry and developed a business model to put life sciences aging research on the fast track. Now he specializes in raising funding and providing management for life sciences related technologies.

Mission

By identifying and supporting emerging medical technologies, Maximum Life Foundation will help reverse the human aging process by 2029 – leading to your indefinite youthful lifespan.

Lifeboat Foundation
Lifeboat is your safety valve, working with prevention programs, monitoring the ethics, prognostication, investigating potential problems, and more.

A note from the Lifeboat Foundation website:
Mission Statement

The Lifeboat Foundation is a nonprofit nongovernmental organization dedicated to encouraging scientific advancements while helping humanity survive existential risks and possible misuse of increasingly powerful technologies, including genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and robotics/AI, as we move towards the Singularity.

Lifeboat Foundation is pursuing a variety of options, including helping to accelerate the development of technologies to defend humanity, including new methods to combat viruses (such as RNA interference and new vaccine methods), effective nanotechnological defensive strategies, and even self-sustaining space colonies in case the other defensive strategies fail.

We believe that, in some situations, it might be feasible to relinquish technological capacity in the public interest (for example, we are against the U.S. government posting the recipe for the 1918 flu virus on the Internet). We have some of the best minds on the planet working on programs to enable our survival. We invite you to join our cause!


Singularity Network
Singularity Network is your source for work with singularity and artificial general intelligence which are major factors in helping accelerate the arrival of indefinite life extension.

A note from one of its affiliates, the Singularity Institute website:

Our Mission

The Singularity Institute brings rational analysis and rational strategy to the challenges facing humanity as we develop cognitive technologies that will exceed the current upper bounds on human intelligence. Inspired by the latest science of human fallibility, we strive to correct the biases that run wild in standard futurism and philanthropy; we convene the annual Singularity Summit to coordinate and educate scientists and other concerned individuals on these issues; inspire our Visiting Fellows from college students to PhDs to address these issues in their future careers; and support our Research Fellows as they engage in original research on topics ranging from human rationality and cognitive enhancement to foundational research in Artificial Intelligence.



Foresight Institute
Foresight is the world’s preeminent organization for the pioneering of the field of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is a box of tools that can help us delve deeper into the malignant mechanisms within our biology’s.

A note from the Foresight Institute website:
Mission

Foresight Institute’s mission is to ensure the beneficial implementation of nanotechnology.
Foresight Activities

Founded in 1986, we were the first organization to educate society about the benefits and risks of nanotechnology. At that time our focus was on preparing society for nanotechnology, then a little known science and technology.

Our efforts are turned to guiding nanotechnology research, public policy and education to address six major challenges that humanity faces.

The third challenge:

Improving Health and Longevity

Challenge and Problem

Humans are living longer lives. At the turn of the century, men and women expected to live to 48 and 51 years respectively. That life expectancy is now 74 and 80 years and could be significantly longer with anti-aging advancements currently being researched.
Nanotechnology Solutions

Recent nanotechnology research is making tremendous progress in the medical field. Some of the nanotechnology applications in the arena will be inexpensive and rapid diagnostics, new methods of drug delivery, and faster development of new drugs. Some longer term and even more powerful nanotechnology solutions will repair DNA and cellular damage and customize drug therapy.


Cryonics Network - Alcor, Cryonics Institute, other
The cryonics network works in the field of cryopreservation, which is the science of freezing people upon legal death in a way so that they might be brought back to life in the future when science and technology are many orders of magnitude more advanced.

A note from the Alcor website:

What is Cryonics?

Cryonics is the speculative practice of using cold to preserve the life of a person who can no longer be supported by ordinary medicine. The goal is to carry the person forward through time, for however many decades or centuries might be necessary, until the preservation process can be reversed, and the person restored to full health.

While cryonics sounds like science fiction, there is a basis for it in real science. The complete scientific story of cryonics is seldom told in media reports, leaving cryonics widely misunderstood.

Cryonics is justified by three facts that are not well known:

1) Life can be stopped and restarted if its basic structure is preserved.
Human embryos are routinely preserved for years at temperatures that completely stop the chemistry of life. Adult humans have survived cooling to temperatures that stop the heart, brain, and all other organs from functioning for up to an hour. These and many other lessons of biology teach us that life is a particular structure of matter. Life can be stopped and restarted if cell structure and chemistry are preserved sufficiently well.

2) Vitrification (not freezing) can preserve biological structure very well.
Adding high concentrations of chemicals called cryoprotectants to cells permits tissue to be cooled to very low temperatures with little or no ice formation. The state of no ice formation at temperatures below -120°C is called vitrification. It is now possible to physically vitrify organs as large as the human brain, achieving excellent structural preservation without freezing.

3) Methods for repairing structure at the molecular level can now be foreseen.
The emerging science of nanotechnology will eventually lead to devices capable of extensive tissue repair and regeneration, including repair of individual cells one molecule at a time. This future nanomedicine could theoretically recover any preserved person in which the basic brain structures encoding memory and personality remain intact.

So...
  • If survival of structure means survival of the person;
  • If cold can preserve essential structure with sufficient fidelity;
  • If foreseeable technology can repair injuries of the preservation process;
Then cryonics should work, even though it cannot be demonstrated to work today. That is the scientific justification for cryonics. It is a justification that grows stronger with every new advance in preservation technology.

Edited by brokenportal, 30 October 2011 - 10:53 PM.


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Posted 14 May 2010 - 07:36 PM

[quote name='brokenportal' post='407442' date='May 14 2010, 04:11 AM']Any suggestions on adjustments for the wording?[/quote]
I personally don't like using "your" ("is your preeminent organization for").
No one of the organizations is "mine". I am not an advisor nor director.
I would like to be left to make the decision myself if I join any of them or not.

You can add Life Extension Foundation.

In Wikipedia, in the template "Life Extension" (which is added to many articles related to life extension, at the bottom of the page), you can find the following organizations:
[quote name='Wikipedia']Organizations
Alcor Life Extension Foundation · Alliance for Aging Research · American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine · American Aging Association · American Cryonics Society · Cryonics Institute · Cryonics Society · Immortalist Society · Immortality Institute · Life Extension Foundation · Methuselah Foundation · SENS Foundation[/quote]

[quote]Imminst
Imminst is designed as a hub, to help facilitate all angles on the movement. Its main parts are its popular forum, and its projects and teams which work to help facilitate the conquering of the blight of involuntary death in any viable way possible, starting in order of priority and availability of resources.[/quote]
May sound like: we have a forum and a mess.
Maybe ImmInst needs some clear goals, like those of SENS?
(Research, next book, conference, informing the world?)

[quote]SENS Foundation
SENS Foundation is designed to combat the 7 known forms of aging damage using a comprehensive research strategy called Strategies for Engineering Negligible Senescence, or in other words, strategies for ending aging.[/quote]
Very good description. The best here.

[quote]Methuselah Foundation
The Methuselah Foundation runs the Mprize and the 300, two novel funding approaches that incentivize researchers and investors.[/quote]
What is the Mprize? Why 300 and not 500 or 100, and what is? Explain in a few words. Not as "funding approaches" but basic rules.

[quote]Longevity Meme
The Longevity Meme is your most relevant comprehensive and up to date news source for the movement for indefinite life extension.[/quote]
Just like anything else. Some concrete data, please. Why is it so relevant? (Why not e.g. Sierra Sciences, Scientific American etc.?)


[quote]Campaign Against Aging
Campaign Against Aging is like SENS, but advocates for the stopping or reversal of aging more widely, and is less expansive than imminst which advocates for whichever feasible method(s) will end the blight of involuntary death more generally.[/quote]
In what sense is it "like SENS"? Does it have 7 clear goals?
Type ImmInst with the capital "I", please.
If it acts "more generally" than ImmInst, and ImmInst has just a "popular forum" and nothing specific above that... you see my point, the Campain Against Aging sounds even less clear. The name is quite specific but you describe it less specifically than ImmInst.

[quote]Coalition to Extend Life
The Coalition to Extend Life is your connection between the cause and the government, working with lobbying, informing govt., opening more dialogue between government and the movement, prepping candidates, etc…[/quote]
Sounds very promising. I understand (from their website) that they are a new organization?
If they haven't done anything you describe, perhaps the description is too promising. I don't know for sure though.
No shorts please ("govt.") and no "etc." please.

[quote]Maximum Life Foundation
The Maximum Life Foundation is your source for attracting philanthropic investment in the cause.[/quote]
And a nice news service. And a book to download.
The URL you provided is wrong, it links to the previous (Coalition to Extend Life) website.

[quote]Lifeboat Foundation
Lifeboat is your safety valve, working with prevention programs, monitoring the ethics, prognostication, investigating potential problems, etc…[/quote]
Again, no "etc." please.

[quote]Novamente
Novamente is your source for work with artificial general intelligence designed to help accelerate the arrival of indefinite life extension.[/quote]
Last update 03-2009. Does it still exist?
OK, it is their problem not yours, but you see how it looks like in general:
- ImmInst doesn't have any goals
- Campaign Against Aging is even "more general"
- Coalition to Extend Life is new or appears to be so
- Novamente is not updated so perhaps not in the field anymore


[quote]Foresight Institute
Foresight is your preeminent organization for the pioneering of the field of nanotechnology, which is a box of tools that can help us delve deeper into the malignant mechanisms within our biology’s.[/quote]
Founded in 1986 and they had a conference in January 2010. Finally something old and stable.
(To the other organizations, where available, you can add the year when they were established.)

[quote]Cryonics Network, Alcor, Cryonics Institute, other
The cryonics network works in the field of cryopreservation, which is the science of freezing people in a way so that they might be brought back to life in the future when science and technology are many orders of magnitude more advanced.[/quote]
Add please "dead" to "people", or "after death".
All too often people think that cryonics is about being frozen now instead of be alive as long as they can (and only then frozen instead of being buried or cremated).


Other than that, good article. A kind of a guide in what is available to join or benefit from.

As a means of expanding the article, three questions can be added to the described organizations:
  • founded in ... [year]
  • books that they offer - like Ending Aging at SENS and Methuselah Foundation, or The singularity is near, or SCOD, etc. Highlighted the books that can be downloaded freely.
  • Quotes you need to join and benefits, and if they are international or national only (e.g. Campaign Against Aging seems to be US only). Some organizations offer the same benefits - LEF, or Long Life magazine come to mind. There was also yearly Rejuvenation Research subscription offered to ImmInst members for much lower price - maybe worth mentioning here.


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Posted 14 May 2010 - 08:45 PM

Thanks, I had most of those adjustment options in mind too.

I like this extreme brevity but Ill be considering your add ons. Im going to have to rethink CAA.

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 09:56 AM

Thanks, I had most of those adjustment options in mind too.

I like this extreme brevity but Ill be considering your add ons. Im going to have to rethink CAA.


IMO it's fine.

Nice compilation.

*edit* Should be stickied I believe.

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 04:05 AM

What about the National Cancer institute? Cancers part of aging and working to cure cancer extends life so why not them? http://www.cancer.gov/

What about the National Institute on Aging? It looks like it's a more main-stream, govnernment-funded effort http://www.nia.nih.gov/

Edited by The MILE/The Immortalist, 06 June 2010 - 04:09 AM.


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Posted 04 July 2010 - 07:09 PM

They arent direct enough. If they were doing there job then we wouldnt need to be here fighting for the construction and implementation of the structure that does. We could be there as another journalist on the beat, or suit and tie, or lab coat and beaker and what not helping add to the system.

Those places are like tricycles and bikes with training wheels, we need to get a move on and upgrade to Harleys and crotch rockets or we are not ever going to get there. Maybe also like pioneers hacking through the bushes of the new wilderness, the others are content to continue sending out committees to take samples of the bushes and give new evaluations on what kind of edges they might use on their machetes for decades and decades. We are content to do both. Beat around that bush and then hack it down and move through.

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 06:00 PM

The Lifestar Institute

The LifeStar Institute was established to accelerate the development of solutions to this mounting aging crisis through extraordinary leadership, collaboration and advocacy. Our strategy is to examine the health technology and development and delivery process to determine all the technological and social barriers standing in the way of capitalizing on new breakthroughs that have the promise of preventing and curing degenerative disease.

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 08:06 PM

Its not included because, though it looks great, from what I can see the angle it takes on indefinite life extension is already being covered by Longecity and Imminst.

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 06:02 AM

So many to choose from. I'm so glad that there are a good few organisations also sharing our vision of a world without old age and its miseries. :)




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