Science Blogging 2008 in London by Nature Network

Looks like this August is the center of my science related social life in 2008: starting with the bottom-up BioBarCamp unconference in Palo Alto followed by the top-down Sci Foo Camp unconference in Mountain View and now The Science Blogging Conference in London on the 30th. This conference is an interesting mix: on one hand… Continue reading Science Blogging 2008 in London by Nature Network

Understanding Aging Conference is over but it is the end of the beginning

I try to cover some interesting, sciencey points on the conference in later posts, right now just a brief, subjective human- and strategy focused summary: Congrats to Aubrey de Grey and the team, everything went well and if finally a worldwide consensus is around the corner claiming that robust healthy lifespan extension is technologically possible… Continue reading Understanding Aging Conference is over but it is the end of the beginning

Understanding Aging Conference in L.A.: de Grey, Conboy, Wagers and many others…

Looks like the scientist coalition behind healthy life extension is widening. In line with that the question Why was life extension ruled out of the 14 Grand Engineering Challenges? is fading away. Here is an Aubrey de Grey message from my mailbox: All details, including forms for abstract submission and online registration, are at the… Continue reading Understanding Aging Conference in L.A.: de Grey, Conboy, Wagers and many others…

Craig Venter and Tim O’Reilly chat: when 2 worlds meet

Biotech is the next infotech (or at least the 2 worlds need to be merged) and it is good to detect the signs of the growing biotech interest on part of the general tech crowd. At the Web 2.0 summit (organised by and for the Silicon Valley tech-media establishment) Tim O’ Reilly asked Craig Just… Continue reading Craig Venter and Tim O’Reilly chat: when 2 worlds meet

Unpublished SENS3 conference report for mainstream scientists!

Recently I wrote a meeting report on the SENS3 conference for a very prestigious science journal, but finally it did not go through the filters. I knew that the chance for publication is small as the journal rarely publish such meeting reports and as it was in many respects an unconventional science conference. The standards… Continue reading Unpublished SENS3 conference report for mainstream scientists!

Biomarkers of aging conference in New York City

In order to slow the progress of aging and prevent age-related disease (which is not the same as figuring out a robust engineering plan for unlimited healthy life extension) biological measures (biomarkers) of aging or disease mechanisms are needed that anticipate clinical disease and are sensitive to functional organism aging. The American Federation for Aging… Continue reading Biomarkers of aging conference in New York City

SENS3 conference videos online on a personal website

Similarly to the Edmonton Aging Symposium which reportedly “was a WORLD FIRST! in being streamed live onto the internet” (Kevin Perrott) amongst conferences, a selection of the presentations of the SENS3 conference are now available at the personal website of Richard Schueler. Richard is a big mouthed, cowboy hat geek with a serious life extension… Continue reading SENS3 conference videos online on a personal website

SENS3: The stem cell marketplace by Linda Powers, Tucan Capital (slides)

Linda Powers is the managing director and co-founder of Toucan Capital Corp, a $120 million venture capital fund (SBIC) focused on seed and early-stage life science and advanced technology investments (the fund markets itself as the The Leading US Investor in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine). Out of here insights and facts presented on the… Continue reading SENS3: The stem cell marketplace by Linda Powers, Tucan Capital (slides)

The Gonzo Scientist on IdeaCity in Science and on the web

If you compare the Nature and the Science front pages (which is not the topic of the current post) you can notice a big difference: there are a lot of “web 2.0″ish fresh features on the Nature site while significantly fewer on the Science counterpart. Now Science came up with a new, less academic and… Continue reading The Gonzo Scientist on IdeaCity in Science and on the web

SENS3: Stephen Coles on the secrets of supercentenarians (slides)

A supercentenarian is anyone with the chronological age of 110 years or older. Stephen Coles, M.D., Ph.D., co-founder of the Los Angeles Gerontology Research Group kindly sent me his slides of the presentation he held last week on SENS3 entitled the Secrets of the oldest old and he gave a permission to publish these slides… Continue reading SENS3: Stephen Coles on the secrets of supercentenarians (slides)

SENS3: Rutledge Ellis-Behnke on a quick nano hemostatic agent

Rutledge Ellis-Behnke from M.I.T. talked on “a nano hemostatic agent that immediately stops bleeding. Hemostasis is a major problem after trauma and during surgery; as much as 50% of surgical time can be spent packing wounds to reduce or control bleeding and there are few effective methods to stop it without causing secondary damage. We… Continue reading SENS3: Rutledge Ellis-Behnke on a quick nano hemostatic agent

Ray Kurzweil’s distance talk on SENS3

Well, I’ve lost the first part of this MacBook made iSight video as I used the iMovie file’s backup version on my Windows partition but out of this segment of the talk you can form some idea on what was going on during Kurzweil’s talk. The distance talk was orchestrated from a little Sony laptop… Continue reading Ray Kurzweil’s distance talk on SENS3

SENS3 program: John Schloendorn: Medical bioremediation

SENS3 is coming, so it’s time to take a closer look at the agenda. Here is my first pick: Friday 7th September, Session 6 14:20 John Schloendorn Tempe, USA Medical bioremediation J. Schloendorn, M. Hamalainen, S.K. Kemmish, L. Jiang, J. Rebo, B. Turner, B.E. Rittmann Center for Environmental Biotechnology, Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University,… Continue reading SENS3 program: John Schloendorn: Medical bioremediation

Prepare for the ISSCR 2007 stem cell party! June, 17-20

5th International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISCCR) Annual Meeting will be held this weekend June 17-20, at the Cairns Convention Centre Queensland, Australia and the schedule is exciting. Unfortunately it is improbable that there will be a pioneer web coverage on this mainstream congress as it happened in the case of the Edmonton Aging… Continue reading Prepare for the ISSCR 2007 stem cell party! June, 17-20

Jobs/Gates on the history, Jobs/other guys on the future of digital revolution

News: “Both Jobs and Gates are slated to jointly discuss the digital revolution’s history and future at The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference on Wednesday.” Comment: Instead of Mr. Gates I’d be eager to see those 2 guys on the right discussing the future of all things digital (especially the future of… Continue reading Jobs/Gates on the history, Jobs/other guys on the future of digital revolution

Anthony Atala on regenerative medicine at New Yorker’s 2012 conference

Dr. Anthony Atala of pluripotent amniotic fluid-derived stem cell and tissue engineered bladder fame gave a presentation on Regenerative Medicine at the 2007 New Yorker Conference “2012: Stories from the Near Future”. Atala, the director of the Biopolis-like huge Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine with circa 150 people, talks amongst others on the differences… Continue reading Anthony Atala on regenerative medicine at New Yorker’s 2012 conference

Edmonton Aging Symposium: full video, audio and presentation access

According to the organizers the Edmonton Aging Symposium “was a WORLD FIRST! in being streamed live onto the internet.” Now you can download where possible, the video, powerpoint and audio MP3 recordings of the streaming split up by speaker in alphabetical order. I think this is really webhistorical and good news for all open access… Continue reading Edmonton Aging Symposium: full video, audio and presentation access

3 Edmonton Aging (Life Extension) Symposium videos

Following Reason’s links at Fight Aging here is a little conference webcasting from the Edmonton Aging Symposium. You also can read a Conference Report at Ouroboros. There was a Symposium Live Streaming where for the very nominal fee of $5 CAD per connection to cover bandwidth costs people could watch the majority of presentations in… Continue reading 3 Edmonton Aging (Life Extension) Symposium videos

Edmonton Aging (Life Extension Technologies) Symposium starts, March 30-31.

The Edmonton Aging Symposium starts today. Based on the program and speakers you can expect hot debates: Huber Warner, Aubrey de Grey, Irina Conboy, Amit Patel, Judith Campisi. I hope that the discussions will be hot, clarifying, perspective and scale conscious (quantitative enough), backed by strict scientific arguments. The organizing principle of the sessions seems… Continue reading Edmonton Aging (Life Extension Technologies) Symposium starts, March 30-31.

The open lab: science blogging anthology published

It highlights the power of science blogging that from today you can buy a copy ($19.95) or download a pdf ($8.69) of The Open Laboratory: The Best Writing on Science Blogs 2006, edited by one of my favourite Scienceblogs by Seed blogger, Coturnix aka Bora Zivkovic of A Blog Around the Clock. And there is… Continue reading The open lab: science blogging anthology published

Best talk at Cambridge today, Austin Smith: self-renewal is default

Is is easy to realize on a conference when you are hearing a good talk. The audience starts to take notes and gets focused. That happened today during Austin Smith‘s talk (look at Day 1 picture). Straightforward, not overcomplicated line of thought presented by easily conceivable, step by step slides, and hardcore science (facts). These… Continue reading Best talk at Cambridge today, Austin Smith: self-renewal is default

Cambridge Embryonic Stem Cell Symposium, Day 1

Wow, the promo materials are extremely good (background: my favourite logical towel) And when people are watching….speakers (like here Austin Smith, the leader of the Wellcome Trust Center for Stem Cell Research) try to say interesting things… Best talk point goes to Allan Bradley, Martin Evans‘ disciple – in science these genealogical tales really matter… Continue reading Cambridge Embryonic Stem Cell Symposium, Day 1

Cambridge Embryonic Stem Cell Symposium promoted by Nature

18-19, December, Babbage Lecture Theatre, Cambridge: Opening Symposium including “A celebration of 25 years of embryonic stem cell research in Cambridge” From the intro: In 1981 two papers appeared that reported the derivation of pluripotent stem cell lines from cultured mouse embryos (1, 2). Now called embryonic stem (ES) cells, they have since transformed research… Continue reading Cambridge Embryonic Stem Cell Symposium promoted by Nature

London Regenerative Medicine Network Meeting, 13th Dec., King’s College

spacetime coordinates: 6.00 pm Wednesday 13th December 2006, King’s College London, Guy’s Hospital Campus at London Bridge, London SE1. REGISTRATION IS FREE. Link (funny, Apple-type site) AGENDA: 18.00 – Registration + networking over tea and coffee 18.30 – Welcome – Dr. Stephen Minger (KCL) – Co-organiser – LRMN 18.35 – “Retinal repair by transplantation of… Continue reading London Regenerative Medicine Network Meeting, 13th Dec., King’s College

The (all)mighty condrion: Mitochondrial biology, new perspectives, meeting in London

I am happy to participate: The Novartis Foundation in collaboration with The Royal Society of Medicine and The Physiological Society will be holding a one-day meeting on the above subject at Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1 on Friday 1 December 2006. The field of mitochondrial research has undergone a complete re-evaluation in recent… Continue reading The (all)mighty condrion: Mitochondrial biology, new perspectives, meeting in London

New lingo: Stells in RegMed and TEg

Here at the beautiful Costa Brava in the Stem Cells in Tissue Engineering Conference we hear the terms stem cells, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine so many times, so here I am pleased to offer some abbreviations, which are the results of a yesterday late night beer brainstorming: Stem cells: Stells, Tissue Engineering: TEg, Regenerative Medicine:… Continue reading New lingo: Stells in RegMed and TEg

Stem Cells in Tissue Engineering Conference: Blog and Wiki

As I’ve mentioned before from tomorrow I will be at Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain, at the Conference Stem Cells in Tissue Engineering, 28.10-2.11,2006 organized by the European Science Foundation. The official website of the conference is: http://www.esf.org/conferences/lc06213 In the IT sector it is more and more natural that a Conference has a wiki and… Continue reading Stem Cells in Tissue Engineering Conference: Blog and Wiki

Stem Cells in Tissue Engineering: Conference in Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain

I have a chance to participate with a poster at an upcoming conference on Stem Cells in Tissue Engineering – Isolation, Culture, Characterisation and Applications in Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain, 28.10-02.11. Here are some lectures from the programme, which I’d like to visit by all means (my comments in italics): 29.10. Sunday 11.45-12.35 J.… Continue reading Stem Cells in Tissue Engineering: Conference in Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain

MIT Tech Review Editor on biotech’s rising star

Jason Pontin, editor-in-chief and publisher of MIT’s Technology Review Magazine who was speaking last week, at MIT’s Emerging Technologies Conference had the opinion in a discussion, that “It’s probably fair to say there’s more revolutionary innovation occuring in biotech and in the material sciences (nanotech) than there is in IT at the moment.” Link It… Continue reading MIT Tech Review Editor on biotech’s rising star