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International Longevity Day – October 1, 2015 – Press release

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International Longevvity Day

Dear friends,

There has been emerging a tradition by longevity researchers and activists around the world to organize events dedicated to promotion of longevity research on or around October 1 – the UN International Day of Older Persons.

This day is sometimes referred to in some parts of the longevity activists community as the “International Longevity Day”. As this is the official UN Day of Older Persons, this provides the longevity research activists a perfect opportunity to emphasize the importance of aging and longevity research for the development of effective health care for the elderly, in the wide public as well as among decision makers.

Events and promotions around that day, increasing education on biological and biomedical research of aging and longevity, are now planned in over 30 countries, on 5 continents. The support ranges from small, emerging local grassroots groups of longevity research activists to scientific societies.

Initiatives toward that day vary from meetings and seminars, including online and recorded meetings and presentations in different languages, through special publications, to special promotions, for example, the distribution of a free e-book on the history of longevity science (, a short film contest on life extension ( or fundraising actions for longevity research by a crowd-funding platform ( and an outreach platform ( ). Additional events, meetings and promotions are welcome!

The participants in this campaign advocate that the status and support of this scientific field should be improved within the general framework of aging advocacy and support for older persons.

And preparations are already made for the next year’s International Day of Older Persons. Thus, on October 1-2, 2016, the International Society on Aging and Disease (ISOAD) will hold its next international conference, that will take place at the University of Stanford CA, US ( ). In 2014, the ISOAD conference in Beijing provided an excellent venue for scientific presentation as well as public advocacy for aging research with leading researchers from around the world showcasing the advance and promise of the field and calling for its increased support. Hopefully, the 2016 conference in Stanford will continue the tradition of excellence. The list of topics ranges from interventions for longevity through stem cell research, metabolism, age-related cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, genetics and systems biology of aging, protein oxidation and DNA damage and repair, immunity and translational studies of aging, to public support for aging research, and more.

The conference will involve leading scientists and provide a broad international platform for cooperation and knowledge exchange.

The submission of abstracts and proposals is started and welcome.

Additional events and promotions, as well as outreach to relevant decision makers and officials, drawing their attention to the critical importance of biological and biomedical research of aging for the sustainable aging society, are welcome.

Hopefully, thanks to such meetings and promotions, the importance of the field will be widely recognized, and the support for the field will be increased.

Thank you for your support.

Ilia Stambler, PhD

Outreach Coordinator. International Society on Aging and Disease – ISOAD


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