It’s halfway through the month, and a lot has been going on with the EARD 2020 conference preparations, so today is the ideal time to update you about what has been happening.
Professor Lorna Harries will be joining us
First things first: we are delighted to announce that Professor Lorna Harries will be speaking at the conference this year. Based at the University of Exeter, her research focuses on -omics approaches to the study of aging and age-related disease processes in humans, with a focus on alternative messenger RNA processing, non-coding RNA, and epigenetic gene regulation.
Her research team was the first to report dysregulation of splicing regulators in association with aging and longevity in human populations as well as in human models of cellular aging along with animal models. The team subsequently demonstrated that targeting splicing regulation using small molecules or targeted genetic interventions was able to reverse features of cellular senescence in human cell systems.
Dr. James Kirkland is confirmed
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that one of the pioneers of senolytic therapies, Dr. James Kirkland of the Mayo Clinic, will also be joining us for the conference.
Dr. Kirkland’s research focuses on cellular senescence, age-related adipose tissue and metabolic dysfunction, and the development of agents and strategies for targeting fundamental aging mechanisms to treat age-related chronic diseases and disabilities. Dr. Kirkland and his team have been instrumental in furthering our understanding of how senolytic therapies that remove problematic senescent cells may help to address age-related diseases for longer and healthier lives.
Sergey Young will be speaking
Finally, investor Sergey Young from the Longevity Vision Fund has confirmed that he will also be joining us with over 20 years’ experience in investment, including managing a $2B private equity fund and co-founding Peak State Ventures, a New York-based private equity fund focusing on new technologies in real estate, digital healthcare, and the future of work.
Sergey is also a development sponsor of the Longevity XPRIZE, a global initiative designed to incentivize the development of technological breakthroughs to cure aging. His goal is to help people extend their healthy lifespans and make longevity therapies affordable and accessible for all.
Get your ticket today!
This year, we are offering a range of tickets, including free, standard and premium levels, each offering different features and access. You can register for the event by visiting the conference page or by visiting the Eventbrite page.
The conference program is available
More big news this month is that our initial conference program is now available, and what an action-packed two days it is!
There will be exciting talks from the top researchers in the field, engaging discussion panels between experts, interviews, and even a poster session showcasing the work of young scientists.
Interviews with leading experts in the field
This year, in addition to the talks by researchers, we are also offering you the chance to get to know some of the stars of our field through a series of interviews happening during the conference.
We are delighted that Dr. Ron Kohansky of the NIA, Dr. Daria Khaltourina of the International Longevity Alliance, David Wood of the London Futurists, Michael Greve of the Forever Healthy Foundation, and Mair Underwood of the University of Queensland have all kindly agreed to interviews with us in order to share their knowledge.
Sponsorship packages are now available
We are pleased to announce that our sponsorship packages are now available and come with a wide range of features this year. The move to a virtual platform has given sponsors even more ways to engage and reach with our audience, so if you are considering becoming an event sponsor, please do check out the available packages.
A taste of things to come
Finally, by way of a teaser for what to expect from the conference this year, we would like to share with you an as-yet unpublished discussion panel from the 2019 conference.
In this panel, Dr. Kris Verburgh of the Free University of Brussels, Dr. Michael West of AgeX Therapeutics, Dr. Sarah Constantin of Daphnia Labs, Dr. Kelsey Moody of Ichor Therapeutics, Reason of Repair Biotechnologies, and Keith Comito of Lifespan.io discuss a great many aspects of aging, including model organisms, crosslinks, partial rejuvenation, categorizing age-related conditions, and a panoply of other age-related social and biological topics.
We hope you will enjoy the panel and are as excited about the conference as we are, and we look forward to seeing you there!