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 Posted 5/10/2011 7:45:33 AM
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I think that, to a certain extent, both Ray Kurzweil and Aubrey de Grey would be happy seeing Europeans moving in the right direction, gathering critical mass both in terms of human and financial resources (about 2.5b$ funding over 10 years for 2 projects out of 6 finalists) with the EU's FET Flagship Projects, moving key areas of Science leveraging IT. It is starting already now with key decisions next year !

If selected and in particular, projects such as the Human Brain Project and  IT Future of Medicine will have a huge impact on the life extension, anti-aging and disease prevention research.

HBP is aiming to “create the informatics, modeling and supercomputing technologies required to build biologically detailed models of the complete human brain. Such models could serve as the basis for new diagnostic tools and treatments for brain disease, new interfaces to the brain, a new class of low energy technologies with brain-like intelligence, and a new generation of brain-enabled robots”

ITFoM. “This is the first time that huge IT implications of worldwide individualized patient care will be addressed in combination with genomics and medical requirements. The project outcomes will enable calculation of health, disease, therapy and its effects for individual patients. These may revolutionize our health care with enormous (i) benefits for health (prevention, diagnosis and therapy), (ii) reduction in cost by individualising combinations of a limited number of drugs, and (iii) new commercial opportunities in IT, analytics and health care.”

Detailed information at http://www.fet11.eu/


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 Posted 5/15/2011 2:22:19 AM
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As side comment, despite the implications for anti aging of these programs, I would have loved to see a program focused on anti aging itself. I do not really see bold programs on that, à-la-de Grey (that is why I think he could be only to a limited extent happy). I think bold anti aging science is not yet done and there is not enough public pressure for this. Aubrey is fighting against this with his foundation and written a lot already.

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 Posted 6/13/2011 4:15:07 AM
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This very interesting presentation from Dr Aubrey de Grey (at the Alcor 2006 conference) is good to put in perspective and relation SENS and Cryonics. You also learn his estimation of the funding level needed for his program to fight aging is in the order of what the EU foresees for the FET projects (he quotes ~100M$/year for 10 years for his Robust Mouse Rejuvenation (RMR) program achievable at 90% chances! * ). Therefore I wonder if his proposal was submitted at first and if so why it is not at least in the finalist 6 project list. One reason might be related to the impact on IT which is a prerequisite for the the project funding.

(*) RMR would consist of making a 2 years old mouse (without having being treated with drugs), expected to live one more year, actually live 3 more years.


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