Wired notes the Methuselah Foundation-organized Aging 2008 conference at UCLA, kicking off tomorrow with a free public symposium:
Gandhi once said, describing his critics, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
After declaring, essentially out of nowhere, that he had a program to end the disease of aging, renegade biogerontologist Aubrey de Grey knows how the first three steps of Gandhi’s progression feel. Now he’s focused on the fourth.
“I’ve been at Gandhi stage three for maybe a couple of years,” de Grey said. “If you’re trying to make waves, certainly in science, there’s a lot of people who are going to have insufficient vision to bother to understand what you’re trying to say.”
This weekend, his organization, The Methuselah Foundation, is sponsoring its first U.S. conference on the emerging interdisciplinary field that de Grey has helped kick start. (Its first day, Friday, will be free and open to the public.) The conference, Aging: The Disease – The Cure – The Implications, held at UCLA, is an indication of how far de Grey has come in mainstreaming his ideas.
The Methuselah Foundation has come a long way since things first started moving back in 2004 – congratulations are due to everyone who has helped make this organization the success it is.