International Longevity Alliance (ILA) – Annual Report for 2015

2015 ORGANIZATIONAL REVIEW

 

New Website

In 2015, the International Longevity Alliance (ILA) made significant progress. A new website was constructed for organizational, membership and fundraising needs. The ILA now has an opportunity to provide technical support to ILA affiliated activist groups by providing subdomains compatible with supportive content management systems.

As part of the upgraded website, the ILA’s new site has a membership application form that addresses multiple types of members such as Federated members, Honorary (individual) members, as well as ILA Branches, which have the status of ILA members and represent the ILA at the national level in their distinctive countries. With this advance, the ILA membership recruitment campaign has begun and has been busy with new applicants.

Of special note, the website also comes equipped with a  *Donate* option for supporters who want to financially contribute to projects aimed at combating aging.

The site development was provided by the Council for Public Health and the Problems of Demography and Longevite and Sante, and the project was lead by Elena Milova and Alexandr Kamosko.

 

Membership Recruitment

After the announcement of the new ILA website several non-governmental organizations and experts applied for ILA membership. The new Federated members whose applications have been processed include, but are not limited to, the Georgia Longevity Alliance (GLA), and the NGO "Committee of Public Health of Medeusky District", Kazakhstan, lead by the former Minister of Health of Kazakhstan Dr.Talapkali Izmukhambetov. Also, the India Future Society reinstated its status, as a federated member of the ILA, in 2015.

A number of Honorary members were adopted from different countries including Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Israel, Italy, and the United Kingdom. More applications will be processed in 2016 and ILA leadership hopes to see growing number of Federated and Honorary members from around the world in the near future.

 

INTERNATIONAL ADVOCACY

          

Advocating the World Health Organization

The ILA promoted health research as a major policy point in the draft - Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health to the World Health Organization (WHO)

The ILA initiated a campaign to promote longevity research in the Draft - Global Strategy and Action Plan on Aging and Health to the World Health Organization. We welcome more positive input within the revision of the Revised Draft on Global Strategy and Action Plan...

To advocate the World Health Organization in 2015 the ILA promoted research into health as a major policy point in the draft - Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health to the World Health Organization (WHO) and initiated a campaign to promote longevity research within same document aforementioned. We welcome more positive input within the revision of the Revised Draft on Global Strategy and Action Plan.

There is clear evidence that the longevity community is having a decisive impact. This includes the work done by the Russian and Kazakhstan delegations and, of course, the ILA letter writing campaign. The Russian delegation included Prof. Vladimir Anisimov, President of the Gerontological Society of the Russian Academy of Science, as well as Daria Khaltourina, (Board Member of the ILA) and Viktor Zykov, who represented the Institute of Preventive Medicine by the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation. The Kazakhstani delegation was chaired by Dr. Ayash Baisultanova, the President of the Gerontological Association. Direct advocacy by longevity research proponents and scientists yielded some positive results.

Interventions in favor of longevity and biomedical research were seen in 2015 being promoted by many delegations including experts from Algeria, Belarus, Brazil, Finland, Germany, India, Nigeria, Norway, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

 

This common action resulted in the following changes in the Revised Draft:

  • The WHO Strategy Vision has been reworded at 25 “The strategy’s vision is a world in which everyone can live a long and healthy life” instead of “A world in which everyone experiences Healthy Aging” as per the initial Zero draft;
  • The destructive and complex nature of the biological aging process is described, perhaps for the first time at the UN level (paragraph 15 of the Revised Draft);
  • The Strategic Objective 5.2 is reworded to a more positive sounding: “Strengthen research capacities and incentives for innovation” instead of “Improve research understanding of the gaps between intrinsic capacity and functional ability in specific contexts”;
  • Interventions to prevent age-related diseases are highlighted (paragraph 105 of the Revised Draft).

For more details, please check the article by Paul Vincent & Steve Hill.

 

Advocating Unesco

Didier Coeurnelle, Co-President of the Healthy Life Extension Society (Heales), co-chaired a workshop and made a presentation entitled: "Advantages and dangers of a world with or without life extension. A longer, healthier and ethical life for everybody?" at the 11th World Conference of Unesco Bioethics in Naples, Italy.

Experts of Heales, as well as of the Russian Longevity Alliance (RLA), took part in a number of events at the European Union level, and are working at the strategies for better access to decision making processes.

 

RESEARCH

 

Major Mouse Testing Program

In 2015, ILA built a consortium of researchers and activists to initiate lifespan intervention tests in mice. Partner laboratories have been identified in Germany, Canada and other countries. A list of potential gero-protectors to test in mice has been developed and the priority interventions have been chosen.

Due to the strategy of the European Commission to fund clinical trials rather than preclinical research, other funding strategies have been developed. A Major Mouse Testing Program website has been developed to serve the fundraising needs. The ILA is grateful to the supporters who already donated to the project. http://majormouse.org/. The ILA gives special thanks to the website development team: Alejandro del Parra, Steve Hill, Paul Vincent, Elena Milova, Alexander Sychkov, and to Dr. Alexandra Stolzing for scientific support of the team and all other activists who took part in the site development and content management. A Promotion video has been produced by Adam Alonzi, and the ILA local activists helped to translate it into various languages.

 

Mouse Testing in Ukraine

  • The 10 most promising geroprotectors were selected for testing: aspirin, rapamycin, simvastatin, metformin, ramipril, Metoprolol Tartrate, Hydrochlorothiazide, Losartan Potassium, and Amlodipine besylate. 3 combinations of these drugs were used:
  • А − Aspirin, Everolimus, Metoprolol Tartrate, Metformin Hydrochloride, Simvastatin, Ramipril;
  • В − Simvastatin, Hydrochlorothiazide, Losartan Potassium, Amlodipine besylate;
  • С − Aspirin, Everolimus, Metformin Hydrochloride.

 

There were two new key results in 2015:

  • Regular administration of all three drug combinations to the 23 month old mice (equivalent to 60-70 years for humans) decrease lifespan in mice, which might indicate low effectiveness of these therapies at older ages.
  • Regular administration of various drug combinations to 16-18 month old mice (equivalent to 50-60 years for humans) tends to increase lifespan in mice. Combination A tends to increase the median life expectancy for males C57BL/6; Combination С tends to increase the both median and maximal life expectancy for females C57BL/6.

As a result, the research group lead by Dr. Irina Pishel finalized the screening of the geroprotectors and identified 2 drug combinations which had positive effects on average lifespan of С57BL/6 mice.

 

Two new research directions were started in 2015:

  • Geroprotector combination tests on С57Вl/6 mice
    • the number of animals which receive combinations A and C from 16th month increased;
    • new control groups were added, including i) Aspirin; ii) Metformin iii) Aspirin, Metformin; iv) Aspirin, Metformin, Simvastatin;
    • the research was designed to explore how geroprotectors work together, whether they work each by itself, in synergy, or as antagonists.

All mice had their health indicators checked including complete blood count, glucose tolerance test, muscle strength evaluation, rotarod test, open field test.

 

Table 1.Total number of animals that are in the current experiment.

Experimental Groups

Male

Female

Control group

24

33

А (Aspirin, Everolimus, Metoprolol Tartrate, Metformin Hydrochloride, Simvastatin, Ramipril)

25

-

С (Aspirin, Everolimus, Metformin Hydrochloride)

-

31

D (Aspirin, Metformin, Simvastatin)

10

20

E (Aspirin, Metformin)

11

20

F (Aspirin)

10

20

G (Metformin)

10

20

Note. Number of animals will be increased to 30 in all groups.

 

  • Study of olive oil with С60 effect on lifespan of mice CBA/Ca
    • C60 in olive oil was kindly provided by Fathi Moussa
    • Mice – CBA/Ca, both male and female
    • Start of oral drug treatment - 11-12 months (approximately 40 years for a human).
    • C60 dosage - 3.4 mg/kg, first week - daily, 2-8 weeks - weekly, 5 next months - once every two weeks, total - 25 administrations (or 1,, 78 mg of C60 per course of treatment/per mice).

 

Table 2. Preliminary data of C60 treatment.

Experimental Groups

Female

Male

 

C60

Olive Oil

Water

C60

Olive Oil

Water

Mice number

37

36

36

35

31

34

Alive mice number (December 2015)

32

33

33

27

27

28

% of death

13,5

8,3

8,3

22,9

12,9

17,6

 

Those numbers indicate a trend that is not favorable about C60. However at this stage we are only typically comparing 5 versus 8 mice died so at this stage it is not significant.

 

Mouse Testing in Russia

The Council for Public Health and the Problems of Demography, ILA’s Federated Member in Russia, started a test of the complex of geroprotector effects on the lifespan of old mice.

The test is being done in the St. Petersburg State Chemical Pharmaceutical Academy, by a dedicated researcher Nadezhda Pechnikova, with the scientific advice of Prof. Aleksey Moskalev.

Fundraising campaign for this project was lead by Elena Milova, ILA’s Honorary member and Adviser for organizational tools, and Alexander Fedintsev, a bioinformatics specialist from Antibacterial Chemotherapy Research Center of Smolensk State Medical Academy (Russia), who also suggested the initial list of the compounds to test.

The following candidate geroprotectors are being administered to C57BL/6j mice:

  • Metformin
  • D-Glucosamine
  • Vitamin D3
  • Telmisartan
  • Nicotinamide riboside
  • Pyrixidine
  • Vitamin K1
  • Thiamine pyrophosphate (cocarboxylase).

The team hopes that the complex of compounds that are known to slow down aging processes will produce a synergetic effect and will extend life of old mice. We are grateful to all the activists who contributed to this project, and especially to the major sponsorship partner of this project, entrepreneur Aleksey Petikov and his wife.

 

Testing The Safety Of Potential Life Extending Gene Therapies

Elizabeth Parrish, a Board Member of the International Longevity Alliance, and of the American Longevity Alliance (ALA) courageously volunteered to become the the first patient to undergo a genetic treatment which was designed to reverse the damage in biologically old cells.

While the ILA remains a non-profit organization, the team greatly supports the work doen by Mrs. Parrish and her company Bioviva Inc.. BioViva has attracted a professional team and Scientific Advisory Board to develop breakthroughs therapies in biomedical technologies to address the degenerative aging processes as well as aging-related diseases, such as atherosclerosis, sarcopenia, Alzheimer’s disease, skin conditions and more.

Mrs. Parrish appointed herself as zero patient, in an announcement on Reddit in October of 2015. Parrish took the therapeutics due to ethical reasons and to avoid risks to other people, yet enabling desperately needed information about these technologies to be research in a human body.

This first of a kind test attracted significant media attention globally, with an especially strong positive reaction in Russia. Elena Milova was integral in organizing an interview with one of the biggest Russian newspapers, Komsomolskaya Pravda, for Liz Parrish. Two detailed articles written by Anna Dobrukha, together with a documentary initiated a wave of reprints and additional articles containing the different opinions of the scientific community and of public figures. Many ILA activists took part in public discussion on this exceptional experiment. Now the public waits for new information and the long-term results of the test. Additionally, the experiment was promoted on the Open Innovations Forum in Moscow on October, 30, where Aubrey de Grey gave his comments on this important experiment during the debates after his speech. The speech was recorded and placed on the Youtube channel of the Forum, the information about the experiment will keep spreading over the next months (4800 views so far). Parrish gave many presentations in 2015 on her company's work and to promote using gene therapies today in the terminally ill and in compassionate use scenarios.

 

Developing Evidence Based Advice

Two books were developed in 2015 by ILA community members to provide evidence based medical and lifestyle advice on preventing age-related health loss.

1. The team at Council for Public Health and Development developed a monograph which is being translated into other languages. The book was presented to NGOs and medical community in Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan and Volgograd.

Gil A., Milova E., Khaltourina D. (2015). Aging Prevention for All. V. Anisimov Ed. Moscow, Russia: Uchitel. ISBN: 978-5-7057-4557-9.

2. Kris Verburg, Healthy Life Extension Society, Heales member, published a monograph in Dutch:

Verburg, K. (2015). Veroudering vertragen. Amsterdam: Prometheus Bert Bakker. ISBN: 978-9-0351-4398-2.

 

Cancer Baseline Project

Edouard Debonneuil, the Board Member of the International Longevity Alliance, initiated the Cancer Baseline Project, within the framework of EPIDEMIUM Challenge4Cancer. This initiative is aimed to validate epidemiology on aggregate data, to Initiate a robust database for the scientific community, to discover new risk factors with this baseline model and to produce a reference table to determine if a random patient entering a doctor’s office is more or less at risk of cancer than an average patient. It is also aimed at producing evidence based work to advise patients about “good” cancer-coping behaviours, groups of patients on adequate therapies, and countries on health policies.

 

MEDIA WORK

 

The Longevity Reporter

The Longevity Reporter continues to be successfully published weekly and expands its readership monthly due to hard work under the lead of Avi Roy, Robert Powell, Sven Beulterijs and Victor Bjoerk. There are nearly 2,000 followers on the Facebook page to date. The team plans to run a Longevity Podcast on 2016.

 

Newsletter in French "La mort de la mort"

Healthy Life Extension Society (Heales) publishes a monthly electronic newsletter in French "La mort de la mort". Each month has a specific theme as well as information concerning the important longevity news of the month.

 

EVENTS

 

"Longevity For All" Documentary Competition

In the Fall of 2015, the ILA with the lead of Didier Couernelle and Healthy Life Extension Society (Heales), organized a documentary competition to choose the best submitted films promoting biomedical research and a longer and healthier life. Sven Buternijs, Daria Khaltourina, Alexander Tieltz, and Peter Wicks served as jury members.

A number of impressive documentaries were submitted, and the winners of the competition are as follows:

• Longevity for all (Adam Alonzi, first prize ex-aequo)

 

• Kids and Life Extension (Tim Maupin,first prize ex-aequo)

 

• It's all about dreams (Tom Pasek, third prize)

 

Celebrating Longevity on the UN International Day of Older Persons

As a tradition, the ILA celebrated longevity on October 1st which is officially considered the International Day of Older Persons by the United Nations. ILA members and activist organized events and festivities in many countries including; Australia, France, India, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the USA.

With the lead of the Israeli Longevity Alliance, this event gained truly international scale in 2015, and was celebrated by pro-longevity organizations and activists groups in 42 countries.

 

Celebrating the 170-th anniversary of Ilya Mechnikov

Similarly, ILA members took part in the worldwide campaign to celebrate the 170th Anniversary of Ilya Mechnikov, one of the founders of gerontology.

 

NATIONAL AND REGIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

The European Union

Healthy Life Extension Society (Heales), ILA’s federated member and the largest European non-profit organization dedicated to promoting longevity research, undertook a wide range of activities. For years it has organized monthly meetings in Brussels to encourage discussions on scientific and political news concerning longevity.

Heales publishes a monthly electronic newsletter in French "La mort de la mort". Each month has a specific theme as well as information concerning the important longevity news of the month. The group participates in a lot of media activities year round, the members are active, especially Kris Verburg, a Member of the Board, and Didier Coeurnelle, it’s co-President.

 

Belgium

Didier Coeurnelle

In 2015, Healthy Life Extension Society (Heales) organized two residential meetings of its members and activists in Belgium, in the locations of Spa, Wallonia and Ostend, Flanders. During these meetings, the members spoke about the perspectives of longevity research. Johan Vande Lanotte, the Mayor of Ostend, the oldest city mayor in Belgium, attended the meeting.

In January, 2015 Didier Coeurnelle and Edouard Debonneuil spoke at the seminar organized by the FPS Brussels (Belgian Federal Ministry) Social security: Vivre et être actif –beaucoup- plus longtemps. Perspectives sociales, démographiques et de santé.

In June, the Trends Business Magazine (Belgian weekly) made its cover with the headline "Your children will live 200 years." Didier Coeurnelle was interviewed.

In July, a press conference was organized in Brussels about longevity and also about the risks of new technologies. The book by Professor Charles Susanne "Transhumanism at the limit of human values" the activities of the Association Heales and 8 journalists were present.

Also in July, Didier Van Bruyneel and Didier Coeurnelle both spoke during a program of RTL (French speaking Belgian TV): For or Against Taking Hormones to Live Longer? Didier Coeurnelle was interviewed that month by Véronique Thyberghien for the radio RTBF (Belgium) during the show Question-clef.

 

Colombia

In 2015 a video was released hosting ILA member Adrian Correa’s interview at a local radio show in Bogota Colombia, speaking about longevity. It was produced to be an advocacy tool for all Spanish speaking countries.

 

Georgia  

Georgia Longevity Alliance (GLA) was registered as a non-profit organization in Georgia and officially joined the ILA. The group of dedicated longevity activists, which includes researchers and artists among other people, decided to register on October 1, in celebration of the UN International Day of the Older Persons.

In 2015, Dr. Jaba Tkemaladze, GLA Chair, gave an interview to the most popular local newspaper "Asaval Dasavali", on longevity research, including prospective clinical trials of gero-protectors, such as dasatinib and quercetin. This interview was followed by many calls and letters from the interested people.

The GLA leaders plan to explore the opportunity of initiating geroprotector tests on human subjects, with special attention on Dasatinib and Quercetin combinations, due to its high rejuvenation potential and established safety profile. The team plans to collect information and consult with the key experts on this matter. In the future, the GLA also plans to assess CRISPR applications to increase healthy longevity when more clinical data is obtained worldwide.

Other GLA plans include exploring opportunities of physiotherapeutic anti-ageing interventions, at the facility of Dr. Paata Chelidze. The website of the Georgia Longevity Alliance in Georgian language is being currently developed.

 

France

Edouard worked within Actuarial longevity research (Lolita = Longevity with Lifestyle Adjustments) highlighting that retirement systems are likely outdated, and informing the actuarial community about the ongoing biogerontology revolution and have modelled life extension velocity.

The group has organized a conference "Longevity 11" on September 7-9, 2015 in Lyon, France. It is currently requesting French national health data to study death rates as a function of multiple variables (and potentially see secrets of longevity eg if drugs like metformin here again seem to reduce mortality; and to potentially measure impacts on death rates if some part of the French population starts to take some new measures for health).

Along with 30 students 75 volunteers the group is also participating in: Baseline — Challenge4Cancer : graph on the top right: a project was started in November with mapping cancer rates (Y) around the world as well as multiple other variables (X) related to lifestyle and environment and we do Y=f(X). All-cause mortality rates are also mapped in order to search for longevity secrets around the world. At the present time, volunteering leaders are searched (one by country) to organize the data collection at country level -- if anyone is interested, cancerbaseline@googlegroups.com.

Didier Coeurnelle was active in France in 2015. In· February, Coeurnelle participated in a seminar about the Medicine of Tomorrow organized by Agrobiotech in Paris. In February Coeurnelle gave an interview on Radio Nova during the show "2:15 before the end of the world". In May, he was interviewed about longevity and transhumanism for the French alternative webtélévision Alter JT (story from the 11th minute). Also in May, Coeurnelle made a presentation on the progress of longevity at the Maker Faire in Paris. In June he was in Nantes for the event Web2day. He spoke about "The man who will live 100 years is (perhaps) already born," and "The smartphone becomes a Healthphone". In July, the philosopher Eric Sadin and the journalist Pierre De Vilna were confronted by Coeurnelle for Europe 1 on the theme "L'homme augmenté entre craintes et espoirs" (part beginning after one hour).

 

India

India Future Society celebrated Future Day with the online conference with a number of speakers from India, Israel, Russia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The detailed report was covered by H+ Magazine. The slides of the conference are available onilne.

 

Ireland

Martin o’Dea, ILA’s Advisor for Organizational Structure and Growth, covered longevity news in his educational blog. Additionally, Daria Khaltourina and Elena Milova presented Aging as an Actual Problem of the Public Healthcare Problem report at the 8th Congress of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region held in Dublin, Ireland.

 

Russia

In 2015, the Council for Public Health and Demography (CPHD), an ILA federated member initiated the formation of a Russian civil society coalition devoted to support of longevity technology developments — the Russian Longevity Alliance (RLA).

The first meeting of the RLA took place on March 26, 2015. The RLA is a coalition of nonprofits, research institutions, and activists devoted to supporting healthy longevity and preventative biomedical technologies. The Aging Prevention and Compensation Technologies Development in the Russian Federations: Problems and Perspectives roundtable was organized by CPHD as the first meeting of the RLA. The discussion was devoted to accumulating the preliminary results of a survey of the biomedical industry stakeholders on the legislative barriers that are blocking the development of preventative technologies for age-related health deterioration.

The CPHD and the RLA participated in the discussion on the Strategy On Actions For Benefit Of The Elderly (SABE). The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation has approved their proposals for fostering gerontology development and incorporated them into the strategy SABE text.

ILA and RLA representatives, including Daria Khaltourina, Elena Milova, Denis Rysev and Yurij Matveev has participated in the National Technology Initiative (NTI), which is a program for cutting-edge technologies roadmaps for creating and structuring state support for innovations. The team facilitated the inclusion of the “Healthy Longevity” section into the biomedical chapter of the NTI Roadmap, which is set to be approved by the Government of the Russian Federation in the beginning of 2016.

On May 15, 2015 the CPHD launched a training program for NGOs, Models of the State Regulation Improvement in the Area of Innovative Health Technologies: Tools for Non-Profit Organizations, dedicated to the 170th Anniversary of a founder of gerontology Ilya Mechnikov. The speakers elucidated on the relationships between state and societal interactions in the areas of fundamental and applied biogerontological research and legislative improvement.

The CPHD team published the monograph:

Gil A., Milova E., Khaltourina D. (2015). Aging Prevention for All. V. Anisimov Ed. Moscow, Russia: Uchitel. ISBN: 978-5-7057-4557-9.

These evidence-based guidelines consist of the following sections:

  • Human lifespan dynamics in different historical ages
  • The major mechanisms behind biological aging
  • The key methods of healthy life extension and age-related disorder prevention (diagnostics, vaccination, geroprotective food supplements, vitamins, and medicines, healthy sleep habits, health saving diets, physical activity, smoking and alcohol abuse cessation)
  • Recommendations for aging prevention implementation approaches at both individual and population levels
  • The list of innovative scientific technologies, that are expected to become a significant part of the public health system and affect increased human life expectancy in the nearest future
  • A bibliography of more than 400 sources.

On the 25th of August the Healthy Longevity for All: Evidence Based Approaches to Aging Prevention and Healthy Life Extension training program was launched in St. Petersburg. The CPHD presented the Aging Prevention for All guidelines to the broad audience. Vladimir Anisimov, the scientific editor of the monograph, and Elena Milova, an author, have both spoken at the event on the evidence-based methods of health promotion and healthy life extension.

On August 27th, the CPHD held a training course on, Healthy Longevity for All: Evidence Based Approaches to Aging Prevention and Healthy Life Extension, at the League of the Nation Health conference hall in Moscow. The authors, the Daria Khaltourina, ILA’s board member, and Elena Milova, ILA’s adviser as well as Dr. Artyom Gil, spoke at the event. The audience included non-profit organizations and activists working in the areas of longevity, healthy lifestyle promotion and the support of the elderly.

On September 29, 2015 a Healthy Longevity for All: Evidence-Based Approaches to Aging Prevention and Healthy Life Extension training was held in Volgograd. The guideline was presented by Alexandr Zakrevsky, M.D., gerontology and geriatrics specialist.

On September 30, 2015 Elena Milova spoke as an invited speaker at the meetup of the Club of Young Sci-Fi Writers, held on September 31, 2015 in Nekrassov Scientific Library in Moscow.

 

Turkey

Didier Coeurnelle spoke during the International Congrés "TURYAK longevity", Turkey.

 

South Korea

In September, a few transhumanists and longevity advocates were in Seoul, South Korea for the conference "From Humanismus to Post- and transhumanism." Didier Coeurnelle spoke on the topic of "Consequences of a life (almost) without ageing. The right to life extension considered a chance for a better, safer and more peaceful environment".

 

Sweden

Viktor Bjork, a member of the board of Heales, was interviewed by a Swedish radio.

 

Ukraine

Ukrainian Longevity Alliance (ULA) with the lead of Anton Kulaga, Board Member of the International Longevity Alliance, and Aleksand Kolyada, Laboratory of Epigenetics of the Institute of Gerontology of the National Academy of Science, organized a series of popular lectures on longevity and adjacent fields. A list of special events and links follows;

April 28, the Myths on Healthy Lifestyle and Longevity seminar was organized.

May 4th, Alexandr Kolyada took part in a GMO: the Scientific View debate, to debunk myths around genetic modification that are could impede medical progress.

May 15, the Ukrainian Longevity Alliance joined worldwide celebration of 170th Anniversary of a founder of Gerontology, Ilya Mechnikov.

July 4th, Scientific Approaches of Life Extension and Quality of Life Improvement seminar took place in Kiev with Aleksandr Savsunenko, Aleksandr Kolyada and Andrey Vergazov as speakers.

October 24th, Aleksandr Kolyada spoke at the Ukrainian TedX event on longevity research, which was covered by media. He also gave an interview on genetics to Idealist.media and others media outlets.

 

United States

In 2015 the American Longevity Alliance (ALA) focused on providing information and legal support to biomedical startups aiming to develop therapeutics and create breakthrough technologies with the potential to increase health lifespan.

Paul Spiegel, a Board Member of the International Longevity Alliance (ILA) and President of the ALA, provides legal and expert support to companies like Ligandal, Inc., Mousera, Inc., Altia Systems, Inc., Natural Stacks, Inc. and others. Elizabeth Parrish, ILA board member and ALA secretary, concentrated on media work, advocating genetic therapies to address aging, which her company Bioviva USA, Inc. aims to develop.