People working on immortality

Listed below are the people who are actively involved in finding ways to achieve human immortality.

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Aubrey de Grey Aubrey David Nicholas Jasper de Grey (born April 20,1963) is an English author and theoretician in the field of gerontology, and the Chief Science Officer of the SENS Foundation. He is editor-in-chief of the academic journal Rejuvenation Research, author of The Mitochondrial Free Radical Theory of Aging (1999) and co-author of Ending Aging (2007). He is perhaps best known for his view that human beings could, in theory, live to lifespans far in excess of that which any authenticated cases have lived to today. De Grey's research focuses on whether regenerative medicine can thwart the aging process. He works on the development of what he calls "Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence" (SENS), a tissue-repair strategy intended to rejuvenate the human body and allow negligible senescence. To this end, he has identified seven types of molecular and cellular damage caused by essential metabolic processes. SENS is a proposed panel of therapies designed to repair this damage. De Grey is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the American Aging Association, the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and an advisor to the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence. He has been interviewed in recent years in a number of news sources, including CBS 60 Minutes, the BBC, The New York Times, Fortune Magazine, The Washington Post, TED, Popular Science, The Colbert Report, Time, and the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe.
Cynthia Kenyon Cynthia Jane Kenyon (born c. 1955) is an American molecular biologist and biogerontologist known for her genetic dissection of aging in a tiny worm, Caenorhabditis elegans.
David Gobel David Gobel (born 1952 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American author, CEO, entrepreneur, inventor, and futurist. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Methuselah Foundation. Working with Dr. Aubrey de Grey, he founded the original non-profit in 2000 which became the Methuselah Foundation, in an effort to reverse or preempt the damage of aging. Gobel legally established the charity and seed-funded the Methuselah Mouse Prize.
Denham Harman Denham Harman, MD, PhD, FACP, FAAA (born February 14, 1916). Dr. Harman is a biogerontologist and is the Professor emeritus at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is widely known as the "father of the free radical theory of aging".
Dmitry Itskov Dmitry Itskov is a Russian billionaire who is the founder of the 2045 Initiative, a nonprofit organization that develops a network and community of researchers in the field of life extension.
Francis Collins Francis Sellers Collins (born April 14, 1950), is an American physician-geneticist noted for his discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the Human Genome Project (HGP). He currently serves as Director of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to being appointed Director, he was the founder and president of the BioLogos Foundation, an organization which promotes discourse on the relationship between science and religion and advocates the perspective that belief in Christianity can be reconciled with acceptance of evolution and science.
Kim Eric Drexler Kim Eric Drexler is an American engineer best known for popularizing the potential of molecular nanotechnology (MNT), from the 1970s and 1980s. His 1991 doctoral thesis at Massachusetts Institute of Technology was revised and published as the book Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery Manufacturing and Computation (1992), which received the Association of American Publishers award for Best Computer Science Book of 1992.
Leonard Hayflick Leonard Hayflick (born May 20, 1928), Ph.D., is Professor of Anatomy at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, and was Professor of Medical Microbiology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is a past president of the Gerontological Society of America and was a founding member of the council of the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The recipient of several research prizes and awards, including the 1991 Sandoz Prize for Gerontological Research, he has studied the aging process for more than thirty years. He is known for discovering that human cells divide for a limited number of times in vitro. This is known as the Hayflick limit. Hayflick is the author of the book, “How and Why We Age”, published in August 1994 by Ballantine Books, NYC and available in 1996 as a paperback. This book has been translated into nine languages and is published in Japan, Brazil, Russia, Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Israel and Hungary. It was a selection of The Book of the Month Club and has sold over 50,000 copies worldwide. Hayflick and his associates have vehemently condemned "anti-aging medicine" and criticized organizations such as the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Hayflick has written numerous articles criticizing both the feasibility and desirability of human life extension, which have provoked responses critical of his views.
Marios Kyriazis Marios Kyriazis (born 11 March 1956) is a medical doctor and gerontologist who helped launch and formalise the concept of anti-aging medicine worldwide. He has also contributed to the topic of human biological immortality and to the transhumanist movement aiming to abolish involuntary death by ageing.
Mark Roth Mark Roth (born 1957) is an American biochemist and director of the Roth Lab at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He is a professor at the University of Washington. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in 1979, and from the University of Colorado with a Doctor of Philosophy in 1984. He studies hibernation and suspended animation. Roth spoke at the 2010 TED conference in February on using hydrogen sulfide to achieve suspended animation in humans as a means of increasing the success rate of cardiac surgery. The clinical trials commissioned by the company he founded, Ikaria, were however withdrawn or terminated by August 2011.
Michael D. West The founder, director, and Chief Scientific officer of Geron Corporation where he initiated and managed programs in telomere biology relating to aging and cancer, and human embryonic stem cell technology in collaboration with James Thomson of the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Panayiotis Zavos Panayiotis Michael Zavos is a Greek Cypriot biologist from Cyprus. He is currently serving as a Member of the International Advisory Committee of the Middle East Fertility Society, and is a past Board Member of the China Academy of Science. He was awarded the first ever Honorary Professorship by the Chinese Academy of Science awarded to an American Professor by Chinese Scientists. He is also currently on the Board of Scientific and Policy Advisors for the American Council on Science and Health. Dr. Zavos has a long career as a reproductive specialist and he has devoted more than 25 years to academia and research. He claims himself to be the chief scientist in the development of several new and innovative technologies in the animal and human reproductive areas with worldwide implications. He has authored or coauthored more than 400 peer-reviewed publications, along with a number of solicited reviews, book chapters and popular press releases. He has presented more than 300 abstracts and other presentations at a large number of national, international and professional scientific meetings all over the world. Dr. Zavos' studies and findings have been reported in the local, national and international press. He served as an ad hoc reviewer for the NIH and other scientific groups. He is also the founder of ZDL Inc., a company that offers services to people who have fertility problems. Its main areas are gender selection, semen shipping, semen evaluation, home semen analysis,
Ray Kurzweil Ray Kurzweil is an American author, inventor, futurist, and director of engineering at Google. Aside from futurology, he is involved in fields such as optical character recognition (OCR), text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition technology, and electronic keyboard instruments. He is the author of several books on health, artificial intelligence (AI), transhumanism, the technological singularity, and futurism. Kurzweil is generally recognized as a public advocate for the futurist and transhumanist movements, due to his stances on life extension technologies, his efforts to forecast future advances in technology, and his interest in the concept of the technological singularity. At the same time, he has attracted significant criticism from scientists and thinkers.
Robert Freitas Robert Freitas is a Senior Research Fellow, one of four researchers at the nonprofit foundation Institute for Molecular Manufacturing in Palo Alto, California. In 1977-78 Robert Freitas created the concept sentience quotient (SQ) as a way to describe the information processing rate in living organisms or computers. Freitas is authoring the multi-volume text Nanomedicine, the first book-length technical discussion of the potential medical applications of hypothetical molecular nanotechnology and medical nanorobotics. Volume I was published in October 1999 by Landes Bioscience while Freitas was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing . He published Volume IIA in October 2003 with Landes Bioscience while serving as a research scientist at Zyvex Corp., a nanotechnology company headquartered in Richardson, Texas, during 2000-2004. In 2010, Freitas was granted a patent for what was at the time (2004) the first patent application ever filed on diamond mechanosynthesis.
Robert Lanza Robert Paul Lanza (born February 11, 1956) is an American Doctor of Medicine, scientist, Chief Scientific Officer of Advanced Cell Technology (ACT), and Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Lanza was part of the team that cloned the world's first early stage human embryos for the purpose of generating embryonic stem cells. Lanza demonstrated that techniques used in preimplantation genetic diagnosis could be used to generate embryonic stem cells without embryonic destruction. In 2001, he was also the first to clone an endangered species (a Gaur), and in 2003, he cloned an endangered wild ox (a Banteng) from the frozen skin cells of an animal that had died at the San Diego Zoo nearly a quarter-of-a-century earlier. Lanza and his colleagues were the first to demonstrate that nuclear transplantation could be used to reverse the aging process and to generate immune-compatible tissues, including the first organ grown in the laboratory from cloned cells. Lanza has also authored and co-edited books on topics involving tissue engineering, cloning, stem cells, and world health.
Roy Walford Roy Walford is a pioneer in the field of caloric restriction. He died at age 79 of respiratory failure as a complication of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s or motor neuron disease). He was a leading advocate of calorie restriction as a method of life extension and health improvement.
Saul Kent Saul Kent is a prominent life extension activist and co-founder of the Life Extension Foundation, a major dietary supplement vendor, and promoter of anti-aging research. He is also a pioneer in the controversial practice of cryonics, and is a board member of the cryonics organization Alcor Life Extension Foundation.
William H. Andrews William Henry "Bill" Andrews, Ph.D. (born December 10, 1951 in Saginaw, Michigan) is an American molecular biologist and gerontologist whose career has centered on searching for a cure for human aging. Andrews is the founder and president of the biotechnology company Sierra Sciences. In 1997, he led the team at Geron Corporation that was the first to successfully identify human telomerase.