Gregory Benford: Selection for longevity (in animals)

Genescient is the first biomedical company founded to exploit artificial selection of animal models for longevity. Their extremely long-lived animal models (Drosophila melanogaster) have been developed over 700 generations, creating an ideal system for the study of aging and age-related disease because Drosophila metabolic genetic pathways are highly conserved in humans. To date they have discovered over 100 genomic targets, all related to the primary diseases of aging.

The speaker: Gregory Benford is the founder of Genescient in Fountain Valley, California, a biomedical company that’s mission is to extend healthy human lifespan by using advanced genomics to develop therapeutic substances that attack the diseases of aging. He is also Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of California, Irvine. Professor Benford earned his PhD from the University of California, San Diego.

Sandrine Thuret: growing new brain cells

Can we, as adults, grow new neurons? Neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret says that we can, and she offers research and practical advice on how we can help our brains better perform neurogenesis—improving mood, increasing memory formation and preventing the decline associated with aging along the way.