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Aubrey de Grey

Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist, a Fellow of the IEET, and the Chief Science Officer of the SENS Foundation. The editor of Rejuvenation Research, the world’s only peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging, he is an advocate of research seeking answers to how molecular and cellular metabolic damage brings about aging and ways humans can intervene to repair and/or obviate that damage.

The central goal of Aubrey de Grey’s work is the expedition of developing a true cure for human aging. In his view, the main obstacle to developing such technology is the position of biogerontology at the boundary between basic science and medicine. He believes that the fundamental knowledge necessary to develop truly effective anti-aging medicine mostly exists, but the goal-directed frame of mind that is best suited to turning research findings into tools is very different from the curiosity-driven ethos that generated those findings in the first place.

As a scientist with a training in an engineering discipline, specifically that of computer science, Dr. De Grey believes himself to be well placed to bridge this gap. He attempt to do so in three main ways: by doing basic biogerontology research, identifying and promoting specific technological approaches to the reversal (not merely the prevention) of various aspects of aging, and by arguing in a wide range of forums, extending beyond biologists, for the adoption of a more proactive approach to extending the healthy human lifespan sooner rather than later.

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The End of the Beginning: Life, Society and Economy on the Brink of the Singularity by Ben Goertzel (2015)

Between Ape and Artilect: Conversations with Pioneers of AGI and Other Transformative Technologies by Ben Goertzel ed. (2014)

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays by eds. Max More and Natasha Vita-More (2013)

Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Biotechnologies That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime by Aubrey de Grey and Michael Rae (2007)

Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence: Why Genuine Control of Aging May Be Foreseeable by Aubrey de Grey (editor) (2004)

The Mitochondrial Free Radical Theory of Aging by Aubrey de Grey (1999)


"Report on Nigeria ICT Festival 2015"   Ethical Technology  Jan 19, 2016

"When Is A Minion Not A Minion? - Should We Create Aware Machines?"   The Edge  May 26, 2015

"Live-Blogging the Morning of Day Two of Humanity+ San Francisco"   Ethical Technology  Dec 2, 2012

"Live-Blogging the Afternoon of Day One of Humanity+ San Francisco"   Ethical Technology  Dec 1, 2012

"Live-Blogging Morning of Day One of Humanity+ San Francisco"   Ethical Technology  Dec 1, 2012

"Never Say Die: A Slate/New America Seminar on Radical Life Extension"   New America Foundation  Nov 16, 2010

"The singularity and the Methuselarity: similarities and differences"   Strategy for the Future of Health. Bushko R, ed. 2009.  Sep 14, 2009

"Can regenerative medicine defeat aging?"   BioNews   Aug 13, 2009

"Old People Are People Too"   Cato Unbound  Dec 3, 2007

"The Natural Biogerontology Portfolio: Defeating Aging” as a Multi-stage Ultra-grand Challenge"   Biogerontology: Mechanisms and Interventions 1100 (april) Ann NY Aca Sci  Apr 1, 2007

"SENS scrutinized"   Sentient Developments  Jun 10, 2006

"The scientific quest to “cure aging”"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Apr 2, 2006

"Life extension, human rights, and the rational refinement of repugnance"   Journal of Medical Ethics 2005;31:659-663  Nov 18, 2005

"Resistance to debate on how to postpone ageing is delaying progress and costing lives"   EMBO Reports  Oct 14, 2005

"Nanotech in Medicine"   Always On  Sep 7, 2005

"Extended life spans within reach"   CNN  May 12, 2005

Recent Multimedia

Aubrey de Grey - Nigeria ICT Fest 2015   2016-01-04

Undoing Aging with Regenerative Medicine   2015-12-21

The Future of Work and Death (Trailer)   2015-10-05

Molecular and Cellular Damage as the Cause of the Diseases of Aging (1:20min)   2015-03-23

Future Day Online   2015-03-01

Progress in Regenerative Medicine   2015-02-23

“Demystifying visionary technology” (1hr)   2014-11-26

The Singularity Is Near Movie Trailer   2014-07-21

Why You are Wrong About Death and Aging   2014-06-25

PostHuman: A Video Series on Transhumanism   2013-11-06


HumanityPlus @ Melbourne Conference (Apr 10, 2012)

New JET article by Nicholas Agar (Nov 29, 2010)

Ben Goertzel offering accredited summer course on The Singularity through Rutgers University (Mar 21, 2010)

Nick and Aubrey featured in Time Magazine (Mar 15, 2009)

Global Spiral Publishes Ten Defenses of Transhumanism (Feb 06, 2009)

Congratulations to Goertzel and de Grey for Participation in Singularity University (Feb 06, 2009)

Bostrom, de Grey, Rushkoff answer Edge’s Big Question for 2009 (Jan 02, 2009)

Hughes, de Grey and Scarlato featured in Hartford Advocate (Aug 06, 2008)

Aubrey’s anti-aging work profiled in Wired (Jun 29, 2008)

Aubrey on Barbara Walters Aging Special April 1 (Mar 30, 2008)

Longevity Dividend Course: April 21-June 29 (Feb 28, 2008)

Aubrey talk on Longevity and the Singularity transcribed (Sep 08, 2007)

Pre-Order IEET Fellow Aubrey de Grey’s Ending Aging (May 08, 2007)

IEET Fellows Interviewed for RU Sirius’ New Book (Feb 14, 2007)

Hughes, Bostrom, de Grey & Campa in Italian documentary (Nov 21, 2006)

Paypal’s Thiel backs Aubrey’s MMP/SENS with $3.5mil (Sep 18, 2006)

Pursuing the Longevity Dividend: Scientific Goals for an Aging World (Sep 12, 2006)

Aubrey in the Guardian (Mar 27, 2006)

Hughes, Rothblatt and de Grey slides online from Immortality conference in Atlanta (Feb 04, 2006)

Aubrey profiled in Open Democracy (Feb 02, 2006)

Aubrey makes the case for SENS on 60 Minutes (Jan 02, 2006)

Aubrey profiled at Damn Interesting (Dec 30, 2005)

Aubrey is #1 Aging Researcher in Trading Card Set (Nov 30, 2005)

Aubrey de Grey’s MPrize nears $3mil with $1mil gift (Nov 04, 2005)

Aubrey de Grey chat at the Chicago Chronicle (Nov 03, 2005)

IEET News October 30, 2005 (Oct 31, 2005)

Guardian covers Aubrey de Grey’s anti-aging conference (Sep 10, 2005)

Past Appearances

Stambler, de Grey @ Super Longevity Conference (New Delhi, India - Oct 03, 2015)

Hughes, Vita-More, de Grey, Roux @ TransVision 2014 (Paris, France - Nov 20, 2014)

2014 Longevity and Genetics Conference: Vancouver (Vancouver - Nov 15, 2014)

Vita-More, de Grey, Pearce @ London Futurists’ Anticipating 2025 (London, UK - Mar 22, 2014)

Natasha Vita-More, Aubrey de Grey, David Pearce @ Anticipating 2025 (Birkbeck, University of London - Mar 22, 2014)

de Grey, Pellissier, RU Sirius @ Transhuman Visions (San Francisco, CA USA - Feb 01, 2014)

de Grey @ Society for Venturism’s 2013 Cryonics Conference (Nevada, USA - Oct 25, 2013)

de Grey @ 8th European Congress of Biogerontology (Israel - Mar 10, 2013)

Kuscewski, de Grey, Goertzel, Brin, Pearce, Cascio, Hughes, Glenn, Vita-More, Naam @ H+ SanFran 2012 (San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA USA - Dec 01, 2012)

Humanity+  Summit May 2012 (Melbourne, Australia - May 05, 2012)

Aubrey de Grey, Natasha Vita-More @ Technoprog! Summer 2011 (Sorbonne, Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011)

Humanity+ UK 2011 conference (London, UK - Jan 28, 2011)

J. Hughes & Aubrey de Grey on the Ethics of Life Extension @ Oxford Union (Oxford, UK - Nov 08, 2010)

Hughes, Dvorsky, deGrey, Goertzel, Vita-More, Lin and Naam @ H+ Summit (Cambridge, MA - Jun 12, 2010)

Cascio, de Grey @ Lift10 (Geneva, Switzerland - May 05, 2010)


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