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The Science of Life Extension with Oliver Medvedik


LEAF Vice President Dr. Oliver Medvedik and host of our monthly Journal Club recently did a podcast with Future Grind where he discusses his interest in aging research and his views on life extension.

At the age of 18, he had many things he wanted to do with his life but he decided back then that aging was the biggest problem to tackle and so he devoted himself to doing something about it.

Oliver has a background in molecular biology and he obtained his Ph.D. under Dr. David Sinclair at Harvard Medical School. Oliver is now the director of the Maurice Kanbar Center for Biomedical Engineering at the Cooper Union in New York City, where he supports undergraduates with a number of research projects relating to aging and cell biology, as well as teaching molecular biology.

The host Ryan O’Shea has an in-depth discussion with Oliver about what motivates him as an aging researcher, fundraising for science, and his views about progress in the field. There is a discussion about objections to life extension such as overpopulation, and why the scientific aim to end age-related diseases is simply medicine.

We would like to thank Ryan O’Shea for taking the time to arrange this interview and asking Oliver so many great questions about his motivations and also about the work of our org.

About the author

Steve Hill

Steve serves on the LEAF Board of Directors and is the Editor in Chief, coordinating the daily news articles and social media content of the organization. He is an active journalist in the aging research and biotechnology field and has to date written over 600 articles on the topic, interviewed over 100 of the leading researchers in the field, hosted livestream events focused on aging, as well as attending various medical industry conferences. His work has been featured in H+ magazine, Psychology Today, Singularity Weblog, Standpoint Magazine, Swiss Monthly, Keep me Prime, and New Economy Magazine. Steve is one of three recipients of the 2020 H+ Innovator Award and shares this honour with Mirko Ranieri – Google AR and Dinorah Delfin – Immortalists Magazine. The H+ Innovator Award looks into our community and acknowledges ideas and projects that encourage social change, achieve scientific accomplishments, technological advances, philosophical and intellectual visions, author unique narratives, build fascinating artistic ventures, and develop products that bridge gaps and help us to achieve transhumanist goals. Steve has a background in project management and administration which has helped him to build a united team for effective fundraising and content creation, while his additional knowledge of biology and statistical data analysis allows him to carefully assess and coordinate the scientific groups involved in the project.
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