“What can I do today to extend my health into my older years?”
“What supplements do YOU take?”
“How can I take your discoveries out of the lab and into my life?"
These exchanges, overheard at the RESILIENCE TO AGING, part of Scintillon Institute’s health in aging lecture series held on April 19, 2019, at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, illustrate the importance of connecting scientists and health conscious individuals focused on a common goal: uncovering the practical applications from scientific research to extend health in aging.
A key goal of the lecture series is to feature research by Scintillon scientists and collaborators that studies the causes and mechanisms of aging while fostering connections and building relationships with local San Diego individuals seeking to live their best lives longer.
Aging is the main risk factor for many of the serious diseases our society faces today, including cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Yet the average lifespan for most Americans increases every year. Addressing how to boost quality of life in tandem with quantity is a vital part of the future of health. Every day 10,000 Americans turn 65. The number of Americans age 65 or older is projected to double to more than 90 million in 2060, according to the United States Census Bureau.
The unique capability of studying the molecular and biochemical mechanisms behind aging at Scintillon is organized by the institute as a long-term program to help humans live longer and healthier. "It can not succeed without generous support from major donors with shared vision," says Dr. Li Wu, founder and CEO of Health Elite Club, who took the lead to give to the course in a very significant way, soon after which others followed.
The accessibility of the talks presented—from the role of intermittent fasting in restarting the metabolism to the importance of taking certain cancer-preventing supplements every day to the benefits of honoring the body’s circadian rhythm with good sleep—reflects the immediate, ‘real life’ value of the research presented by the Scintillon faculty and collaborators. Posters reflecting the diversity of health research topics provided an opportunity for up-and-coming scientists to share their recent data.
“Aging is not a one solution challenge,” says Dr. Jiwu Wang, President and CEO of Scintillon Institute. “It is a unique scientific problem that stretches across many different research fields and requires a multi-disciplinary approach. I believe Scintillon offers the best leverage possible to help solve these problems with direct collaboration among faculty, collaborators, and our generous supporters. I am encouraged to see so many people interested in improving their health now to increase its quality into their later life. Through working together, I believe we can make a difference today in the future of aging. On behalf of our institute, I thank Li and all our supporters for warmhearted generosity”
The full list of speakers follows. Please join us for Scintillon’s next event, which will be held in December 2019.
- Nicholas Schork, “Resilience to Aging Introduction”
- Robert Beardall, “Aging, Healthspan, and Lifespan”
- Yun Yung, “New Lipid Pathways that Alter Brain Inflammation”
- Valentin Cracan, “NAD+ and Increasing Energy”
- Gabriele Sulli, “Modify Aging through Adjust Clock Pathways”
- John Nolan, “Measuring Aging Extracellular Vesicle Measurements to Quantify Aging”